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Flexible Flyer Ornaments

  • December 20, 2016

tfulner_17886
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I have been making 40-50 ornaments for years now. I came up with this design a couple years ago. It started with the idea to make one that reminded me of my childhood. What better than the old Flexible Flyer. I googled and found one for sale but wow. I didn't even buy it for a pattern. I came up with my own. It starts with the rails. Rip a couple dark wood boards to about 1/8" thick. Spray glue 2 together then the pattern. Cut and you have 2 rails. Cut the other parts out all with a scroll saw. For the bed of the sled, I used 1/8" baltic birch plywood. Only cut out the basic shape. After glueing on the cross braces, cut the bed into 3 strips with a table saw blade up 1/8" not cutting through the braces. you can also use that to square up the braces if necessary. Glue on the rails. Then glue on the streering and front brace. Finally glue the underneath brace. Finish with a gloss or matte poly spray, and apply the twine that acts as a hanger and the rope to steer with. Since this is a repeat, I like to date them. I have to say they are the coolest little ornaments I have ever designed and made. I did forget the hand sanding. Probably because that is not my favorite part.

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  • Amazingly realistic. How big are they? I love your orange wood. What is that?
    By slacer_87688, on December 21, 2016

  • Thanks. I really enjoy as they come together. This one is about 5.25" long. The orange looking wood is Padauk. I believe it's an African wood.
    By tfulner_17886, on December 22, 2016

  • So neat! This really is so perfectly put together- the detail on such a small scale is very impressive.
    By RYOBI Nation, on December 22, 2016
    • Thanks. The hardest part was figuring out how to do the bed/slats. I tried gluing three pieces together but was not happy with the outcome. Cutting one piece, adding the cross braces, then ripping it into 3 boards was the answer. You'd be shocked how strong they are. I don't want to jinx myself but I have dropped them and the don't break.
      By tfulner_17886, on December 23, 2016

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Flexible Flyer Ornaments

by tfulner_17886
Dec 20, 2016

I have been making 40-50 ornaments for years now. I came up with this design a couple years ago. It started with the idea to make one that reminded me of my childhood. What better than the old Flexible Flyer. I googled and found one for sale but wow. I didn't even buy it for a pattern. I came up with my own. It starts with the rails. Rip a couple dark wood boards to about 1/8" thick. Spray glue 2 together then the pattern. Cut and you have 2 rails. Cut the other parts out all with a scroll saw. For the bed of the sled, I used 1/8" baltic birch plywood. Only cut out the basic shape. After glueing on the cross braces, cut the bed into 3 strips with a table saw blade up 1/8" not cutting through the braces. you can also use that to square up the braces if necessary. Glue on the rails. Then glue on the streering and front brace. Finally glue the underneath brace. Finish with a gloss or matte poly spray, and apply the twine that acts as a hanger and the rope to steer with. Since this is a repeat, I like to date them. I have to say they are the coolest little ornaments I have ever designed and made. I did forget the hand sanding. Probably because that is not my favorite part.