How to Make a Flying Bird Out of Wood Pattern

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Whirligigs are comical wooden devices that point into the direction of the wind and spin in the breeze. Prospective woodworkers can take a clue from the craftsmen who design those spinning devices and create a stationary flying duck. One of the designs could make for a popular indoor wall plaque or an outdoor ornament that can be placed around the house or in the garden. Or, use the design method as a preliminary step toward constructing a functional duck with wings that spin in the breeze.

Things You'll Need

  • One 1-inch-by-12-inch plank, one foot long
  • One 1-inch-by-4-inch plank, one foot long
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Peterson's Guide to Birds
  • Safety glasses
  • Scroll saw
  • Jorgensen wood clamp
  • Table clamp
  • Medium grade sandpaper
  • Orbital sander
  • Acrylic paints
  • 1-inch polyethylene brush
  • Electric drill
  • Quarter-inch-thick dowel
  • Carpenter's glue

Search whirligig designs for an image of a duck in flight. Bird books are also another source of images for a flying duck. What you need here is the head body and tail stretched out in a horizontal line. This will be the image you want to draw onto the 1-inch-by-12-inch plank.

Draw the duck body onto the 1-inch-by-12-inch plank. It can be a little bit longer than 12 inches, if desired.

Clamp one end of the board to a work table and cut as much of the design out as possible with the scroll saw. Be sure to use a fine-cut wood blade to make the cut.

Turn the board around in the clamp and finish the cut with the scroll saw.

Place the cut piece of wood in a table clamp and sand the edges with a medium grit sandpaper.

Draw two wings on the 1-inch-by-4-inch plank. Cut them out and sand each wing, just like you did with the main body.

Paint each part of the duck with acrylic paint, to create a realistic duck. You can consult a bird guide to get an idea of what colors a wild duck might have.

Drill one 1/4-inch hole at the base of each wing and in the upper part of the duck's back.

Cut a three-inch-long piece of dowel.

Fit the duck's body and two wings together with the dowel and glue.

Hang the finished product wherever it is appropriate.

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