Handmade Dragon Pull Toy - Build Photos

Completed Handmade Dragon Pull Toy
Completed Handmade Dragon Pull Toy

The dragon pull toy is completed and ready to ship.

Laying Out Patterns For the Wings Arms and Legs
Laying Out Patterns For the Wings Arms and Legs


I need to be careful to pay attention to grain direction for strength. I also need to arrange the patterns not to waste the wood. Walnut is expensive. Sometimes, the two are not compatible, and I have to waste a bit of wood. Strength always wins. 


Dragon Patterns Mounted and Ready For the Drill Press
Dragon Patterns Mounted and Ready For the Drill Press

I use blue painter's tape on the wood to make it easier to remove the patterns. The blue tape doesn't leave any residue to clean up.

Handmade Toy Dragon Parts Cut and Ready to Sand
Handmade Toy Dragon Parts Cut and Ready to Sand

No matter how good you are with a scroll saw there is always something that needs sanding. 


Handmade Wood-Dragon Parts With The Patterns Removed
Handmade Wood-Dragon Parts With The Patterns Removed

Not all of the sanding is completed. There is a bit more to do. A few rough spots on the edges and all the corners need to be rounded and fuzzies removed.


Handmade Wood-Dragon First Parts Glued and Clamped
Handmade Wood-Dragon First Parts Glued and Clamped

I always find it a challenge to get the legs aligned correctly. Arms wings and ears can be off a little and it doesn't matter. If the legs or of even a little the dragon will not stand correctly.


Handmade Wood-Dragon Gluing the Arms, Legs, and Wings on the Other Side Parts Glued and Clamped
Handmade Wood-Dragon Gluing the Arms, Legs, and Wings on the Other Side Parts Glued and Clamped

Using the parts glued on the other side a guide I glue on the remaining parts being very careful with the legs.


Two Handmade Wood-Dragons Ready to Mount on the Rolling Base
Two Handmade Wood-Dragons Ready to Mount on the Rolling Base

Two dragons ready to finish. I almost always use some kind of finish on my toys but I don't have to. If someone wants them unfinished I can make them that way too. 

Handmade Wood-Dragon Glued and Clamped to the Base Using Rubber Bands
Handmade Wood-Dragon Glued and Clamped to the Base Using Rubber Bands

I keep a large box of rubber bands for clamping irregular parts. They work very well for this application.


Handmade Wood-Dragon Glued and Clamped to the Base Using Rubber Bands
Handmade Wood-Dragon Glued and Clamped to the Base Using Rubber Bands

Handmade Wood-Dragon Glued To The Base and Ready To Finish
Handmade Wood-Dragon Glued To The Base and Ready To Finish 

Wheels are on and the toy dragon will be ready to finish after the glue sets completely.

Handmade Wood-Dragon After The Finish Has Been Applied
Handmade Wood-Dragon After The Finish Has Been Applied



Handmade Wood-Dragon Before and After Finish Is Applied
Handmade Wood-Dragon Before and After Finish Is Applied

Here is an unfinished dragon with the finished toy for comparison. These were made from the same wood. The finish pops the grain and enhances the color.



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