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Monday, April 19, 2010

The Red Baron

Well the airplane finally got done! I call it the Red Baron. If you look real close at the photos, you'll notice that the control stick actually moves the plane from side to side and front to back. The A-frame is made of construction grade lumber and then given a generous coating of Thompson's Waterseal. The plane is made of cottonwood. I then gave it two coats of Rustoleum Safety Red with the black pieces getting Rustoleum Satin Black. The plane is fifty-four inches long with a fifty three inch wingspan. I wish I'd had one of these as a kid.
I'm going to sell this one for three hundred for the frame and all. I wound up with too much invested in it. When I started this project, I had no idea I'd get well over a hundred dollars tied up in hardware, paint and lumber. If it turns out to sell good though, I've already begun running ideas through my head to make it better. How about dowels painted silver and coming out just foreward of the wings for exhaust pipes? I've also got lots of ideas on different paint schemes and what type of toy guns I could arm the wings with. I even thought about a gatlin type rubber band automatic design I've had tucked away for some time. Could you imagine a kid playing on this thing just waiting on someone, anyone, to come within firing range of his rubber band guns? On second thought, I don't know how that would go over with the parents. You gotta admit though that it's a cool idea.
Anyway, for those who would rather build one than to buy it, the plans can be found at . Also, the original plans came from a well known company named U-Build. So, I'm sure an internet search would turn these plans up at various searches.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Waiting On A Plane

Since I just started back to posting, I didn't want to keep anyone wondering while I'm working on this big project. Here's my latest work in progress. This thing is over four foot long with a little over four foot wing span. When complete, it will hang on an A-frame as a child's swing. It will have a joystick that'll be hooked up to a pulley system. This will allow the child to work the joystick and make the plane tilt side to side and forward and backwards. I think it is just the coolest plans I have ordered in a long time. Of course, I will post photos when it's complete with a link to where you can buy plans to build one of your own. I will warn you though, it's not even near completion, and I just went and bought $75 worth of hardware for it.

Poke Chop

Meet Poke Chop. Some of you who keep up with this blog probably remember that I made a Poke Chop The Pig rocker last year. I changed a few things on this one, but not much. He's made of solid wood construction. The pink details and the black on the eyes are painted. Then, over that, on this one, I decided to do several coats of shellac. I think he's a real neat project, and he's not that hard to do with the proper tools and a little patience. If you'd like to build one of your own, the plans can be bought at for a very reasonable price. Also, of course, if you'd like to buy this one, just let me know.

Long Time, No Post

This is my first post in what seems like forever. For various reasons, I haven't been in the shop in several months. With the weather looking better though and after doing a few side jobs to raise money for materials and such, I'm back to making sawdust again. If all goes well, you'll be seeing more posts in the coming months. Thank you so much for my regular readers. I know I have a few anyway from the emails I get, even if I can't get anyone to comment directly on the blog. Anyway, thanks again, and keep watching for my newsest projects.