The Pecking Chickens
Time-honored toy has been
fascinating children for over 100 years!
Step 1: Start by cutting out the paddle(s) with your bandsaw, scroll saw, sabre saw or coping saw.
Step 2: If you're using a pad sawing technique, leave the pieces attached together while you use your drill press to bore
the (8) holes in the paddle(s) according to the Paddle Layout.
Step 3: Next, separate the paddles (if you're pad sawing more than one at a time) and use a countersink to bevel both the tops and bottoms of the 1/8-inch holes (not the 1/4-inch holes) in the paddle(s). This is done so the strings won't snag or wear thin from rubbing on the sharp hole edges.
Step 4: Round over the sharp edges of the paddle(s) lightly with sandpaper.
Step 5: In the end grain of some 3/4-inch thick chicken body stock, cut a 1/4-inch wide x 5/16-inch deep saw kerf with your dado
blade. This kerf will form the hinge in the body of the chickens that allows the head to pivot. Be sure to lay out the chicken bodies in a way that puts the kerfs at an angle, as shown in the Chicken Body Layout, so the chicken heads tilt forward slightly during play.
Step 6: If you're pad sawing multiples at the same time, attach your blank workpieces together and cut out the chicken bodies. Once sawn, separate the bodies and drill your 1/4-inch dowel holes in the bottoms.
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