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These are one of the latest things I have made. I apologize for quality of pictures. I used select pine, ash, and basswood for them and Cynthia's paste to coat them.

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Hi rdredge
The dinos look Good.  
Did you have any trouble lining up the legs?
What kind of glue did you use?
If you are making them for sale, you will find they are very popular, and if you paint them all bright colors the kids just love them.
Thanks for sharing.

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rdredge - These look great.
Did you make them for a special little person?
Thanks for posting.
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Thanks for comments.  I did not make them for anyone specific, but have sold some already.  I used a Titebond glue.  The first one I had trouble getting the 4 legs on so they were even.   I have since discovered that it is easier to put one on at a time and let it dry.  This way I could get them all lined up and were very sturdy.  I am going to paint the next batch!
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rdredge - Ref: Attaching legs to the dinosaurs'.
   I have an idea for you, which was stimulated by Dave Westers' post called 'Fat Fendered Freaky Ford / fender jig". I've made the title a link to his article.
   I wonder if you could make a cradle for each of the dinosaurs bodies. Since you are going to start with a piece of wood with the bottom edge as a straight edge to make the body, why not use the scrap piece of wood. Take a look at the sketch below - the cradle is highlighted in red.

 Stand for Attaching Legs A.jpg   So my idea was, when it comes time to glue on the legs, you could put the body in the cradle, which would be the perfect height and then attach either one set of legs on one side and clamp them in place or even clamp both sides with legs, if you can.
   To make life even easier, you could trace the bottom profile of the legs on the cradle to help you position them even better.
   Just an idea my friend, what do you think?

Note: rdgedge's dinosaur's were made from the 'Funky Fun Dinosaurs' plan set - Udie

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Udie what a good idea, I might use that one, you never stop learning on here. Thanks. 
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Sounds like a great idea to me, I will try it next time I make them.  Thanks for idea!!
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Any ideas on why my picture is sideways?
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Hi
   When I take a photo with the camera turned at 90 degrees, I get a sidways photo.  When you go to your viewer usually there will be a flip button on the viewer keys.  If you flip the photo 90 degrees until it is the way you want it, the computer will save it as the way you looked at it last.
Hope this helps.

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Udie's idea worked.

I saw the post from Udie about a way to make a template for gluing the legs on a stand up animal.  So I wanted to try it.
We borrowed his photo, enlarged it 25% then cut out two templates you see in the photo below.  (Templates are cut from peel and stick tiles)
One template is for the cradle jig for gluing the legs, and other template is for a simple puzzle toy. DSC06694_mini.JPG Photo below shows the two patterns drawn on the wood pieces.  The one on the left with the yellow tape is the drawing for the cradle jig.  The one on the right is the drawing for the puzzle.  Both are on 3/4" wood.  The smaller one in the middle is 1/2" wood for the legs. DSC06695_mini.JPG 
Photo below shows the cut out puzzle elephant.  Simple and stands up great with no keys. DSC06696_mini.JPG 

Photo below shows why I like to use the yellow painters tape.  1.  patterns are easy to see when drawn on with a pencil or ink pen.  2.  when finished cutting, if I want to paint, the masking is already done,  and 3.  this tape never pulls up splinters from the wood and removes easier than any other tape you can use.  4.  Leaves no glue residue behind.
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Udie's cradle jig made for perfect alignment of the legs really easy as you can see.
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Thanks for the tip Udie.  Dave Wester also used this type of jig in his post called: 'Fat Fendered Freaky Ford / fender jig"  

Just think of all the things this idea can be used for.


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Ken - Wow it really works! Just kidding. Thanks for giving it a try and making the cradle. Making the elephant into a really easy puzzle - Good idea. Don't forget to post the finished project.
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udie i wish you had come up with this before i made my set of dinos up i just gluded 2 legs up at a time.oh well next time i know
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