Sunday, April 17, 2016

Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me Whirligig

I made a "Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me" whirligig for our local woodworking club's whirligig contest that was held at our Spring picnic.  It was a beautiful day and the whirligig did a great job at keeping the flies away from my plate.  Watch this video of the build and see it in action!


The propeller is made from fly swatters from the dollar store with the handles cut off.  I made a red square hub out of wood and hot glued in the fly swatters.


I used leftover wire from a fly swatter handle, an eye bolt, and a piece of straight 1/8" steel rod to make the action mechanism.  I cut these with large wire cutters and bent them into shape with pliers.  This takes a little fiddling to get it to work smoothly.


I cut out the wooden parts, then drilled all of the holes prior to painting and assembly.  I think outdoor whirligig projects look best with a mix of bright colors.  I was really happy with the table cloth pattern I got by masking off stripes and spraying light coats.  I attached a small wooden name badge on the whirligig.


Plus, the swinging hand keeps the flies away!  If you've never tried to make a whirligig before, you should definitely try it.  They are fun to make with a big payoff when the wind starts blowing.  These are great projects for getting kids of all ages involved in woodworking.  Have fun!


8 comments:

  1. That's a really clever design in you video and with such finesse. Shadetreecnc

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    1. Thank you Richard! It was fun and simple.

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  2. Great job of designing and building. What place did you get with your club?

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    1. Thanks Roy! I did get first place which was awesome! The wind blew the voting ballots all over the yard. lol

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  3. That's cool Steve. Now if you could come up with a machine to feed you the hot dogs. I guess that's a build for another day.

    God Bless my friend.

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    1. Hmm, I'm thinking a hot dog machine gun. lol

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  4. Hi Steve. This project is so cool. I can see, that you have so much fun to build this. Thanks for this awesome Video. Greetings Patrick.

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    1. Thank you Patrick! Yes, it was lots of fun. It's cool to see it work for the first time. You should try to make a whirligig.

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