Wednesday, May 11, 2016

How to make Scrapy, my wooden animated puppet ( quick and dirty )








First of all I have to say that Scrapy should always be made out of scrap wood.

I made this one using a piece of 2x4 and a scrap kind of 1x1 I had laying around in my woodworking shop.

I begun by rough sketching the basic idea of my character. I then use a piece of paper to cut out the templates for half of my design. Scrapy’s front view is symmetrical. So all I have to do is create templates for one side and then I flip them over to draw the other one.

I then transferred my templates on wood, and cut them out on bandsaw.  

To join the foot I need to cut a mortise. To do that I used the tenon and mark my cuts. I completed the task on the bandsaw again. 

I then rounded all the parts I had to, with my belt sander.

All the parts are screwed together. Before that I made pilot holes with my rotary tool, to avoid wood splitting. I also added two nuts between the legs and the body to act as spacers. 

The eyes and ears of Scrapy are just screws.

I made a hole on the head on my drill press. I glued in a dowel and that’s my head and neck.

To join the head with the rest of the body, I just drilled a hole and placed the head in without any glue.


My little wood buddy is ready. I hope you like him!



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