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breakaway

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Hi... I recently purchased this, but I am brand new to woodworking and woodworking plans.

I am not sure what wood lengths and amounts I need to buy. 

The parts list is listed like this:

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1. 3/4” x 3-1/2” x 6-3/8” make 2
2. 3/8” x 1-3/4” x 1-7/8” make 2
3. 1-1/2” x 2-1/4” x 2-7/8” make 1
4. 3/4” x 1-1/4” x 7-1/2” make 1
5. 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” x 14-1/4” make 2
6. 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” x 12-7/8” make 2
7. 1-1/2” x 2-1/8” x 2-1/2” make 4
8. 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” x 10” make 1
9. 1-1/2” x 2” x 5-1/2” make 1
10. 1-1/2” x 3-1/2” x 24” make 1
11. 3/4” x 4-3/4” x 27-7/16” make 2
12. 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” x 13” make 2



How do I decipher what to buy as far as the wood goes?

Thanks so much!
Peter B

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Hi Breakaway,
There is probably several answers to this question but my 2 cents worth and thinking as I go through my process would be breaking down the measurements for example, 1-1/2" thickness to 3/4" as offcuts in 3/4" come in handy on other projects so little wastage. So for example part 12 would then be 3/4" x 5-1/2" x 13" make 4, 13" x 4 = 52". Then you would laminate 2 piece x 2. Part 11 would be for me if I converted to metric I would have to buy the 5-1/2" wide and cut it down to 4-3/4", and again you would make 4 at 27-7/16". Part 10 would be 2 pieces 3-1/2" x 24" making 2.
Hope this gives you so help and doesn't confuse you
  
breakaway

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Thanks for the reply Peter... it did confuse me a little bit, but it got me thinking about the true measurements of wood (since, here in the US, I knew enough to know that a 2x4 isn't really a 2x4).

So, I pulled the true sizes up... and the plans listed the sizes "2x4, 2x6, and 1x6" so I pulled up those specific true measurements.

Then, using the exploded-out view, seeing the thickness of each, I was able to match them up to the correct true sizes. I still need to math out how many of each I need to buy, but I figured I'd report back w/ my findings for others in the future. Plus, it was good for me to work this out for future plans as well.

2 x 4 - (really 1-1/2" x 3-1/2")
-- 3. 1-1/2” x 2-1/4” x 2-7/8” make 1
-- 5. 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” x 14-1/4” make 2
-- 6. 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” x 12-7/8” make 2
-- 7. 1-1/2” x 2-1/8” x 2-1/2” make 4
-- 10. 1-1/2” x 3-1/2” x 24” make 1

2 x 6 - (really 1-1/2" x 5-1/2")
-- 8. 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” x 10” make 1
-- 9. 1-1/2” x 2” x 5-1/2” make 1
-- 12. 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” x 13” make 2

1 x 6 - (really 3/4" x 5-1/2")
-- 1. 3/4” x 3-1/2” x 6-3/8” make 2
-- 4. 3/4” x 1-1/4” x 7-1/2” make 1
-- 11. 3/4” x 4-3/4” x 27-7/16” make 2

Not Sure (but, these are accent pieces that can wait until the end)
-- 2. 3/8” x 1-3/4” x 1-7/8” make 2



Bucko

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I haven't made this plan but I'd have guessed to hand pick knot free 2x material at your local supplier. I'm quite certain approximately 2 months ago there was a very impressive version of the Giraffe Rocker posted here on the forum. It's well worth searching for as it was quite impressive, enjoy your build--.
breakaway

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Here is one:
http://forums.toymakingplans.com/post/how-to-paint-a-rocking-giraffe-8261998?highlight=giraffe&pid=1293563530

I hadn't noticed it originally, but I saw they used a dowel for the handle which I plan to do as well (I don't love the original handle, and was going to do a 1" dowel like on the Mustang rocker.)

I like this one as well for the simplicity:
http://forums.toymakingplans.com/post/rockin-giraffe-new-make-8118020?highlight=giraffe&pid=1292326837
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Your first link is the post I was referring to, great builds and pictures from both of your links should help your build also.
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