How to Make a Wooden Santa "Pushee" Toy
Zane Ulin constructs a wooden Santa "Pushee" toy.
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Ever since Zane Ulin was five years old, he knew he wanted to be a carpenter. While other kids his age were playing with cars and robots his toys were tools. His father taught him how to craft wooden push toys when he was younger and now he is giving this nostalgic toy of yesterday a hip, holiday spin.
leather (or rubber) for the feet and backs
red felt material
white fuzzy fabric for hats
red, white and black acrylic paints
drill press with 1/2" bit and 2" hole saw
glue gun and hot glue
white glue or wood glue
4. Run the body through the router to round off the edges.
5. Sand everything smooth at the sanding table.
7. Cut a slot for the back on the band saw.
9. Sand the wheels on the sanding table.
11. Cut a short length of dowel rod for the axle.
12. Drill a hole in a round wooden ball for the top of the dowel rod.
13. Paint the body, head and beak using red and white acrylic paint. Paint the facial features with black acrylic paint (figure G).
14. Glue one wheel and axle together.
15. Push the axle through the duck and glue on the other wheel. Make sure wheels are glued on so that the slots for the feet are opposite each other and the ducks will waddle (figure H).
16. Free-hand cut a pair of feet and back for each unit out of leather or rubber. Tip: Cut the feet in the shape of a heart.
19. Using a nail gun, shoot nails through the feet so they are secure to the wheels.
21. Roll a rectangular piece of red felt into a cone and hot glue for the Santa hat. Use white fuzzy fabric to add a trim around hat and fuzzy to top of hat. Also hot glue a strip around the duck's beak for a beard (figure L).
22. Glue in the dowel rod to the hole in the back.
23. Glue the wooden ball on the top of the dowel rod.
24. Seal with a clear coat of lacquer and/or sparkles.
Follow these steps from Linda Hess to make your own santa ornament.