Nearly all geese, including goslings, are lifelike unless they are being made ready for the pot but this gray-goose is lifelike in that her head moves out from and back toward her body when she is drawn over the floor by a string.
Get two pieces of thin wood 1/4 inch thick, 3 1/2 inches wide and 6 inches long; draw the outline of a goose's
Fig. 103. how the life-like goose is made
A. The size of the board for the body.
B. The size of the board for the head and neck.
C. The crank shaft which makes the goose life-like.
body on one of them, as shown at A in Fig. 103, and then fasten them together with a couple of brads. Saw them out and drill a 1/16 inch hole through them in the center of the circle which is the wheel; also drill, or bore, three 1/4 inch holes at the points near the edge of the body as shown by the larger circles.
On a board 1/4 inch thick, 2 3/8 inches wide and 5 1/4 inches long draw out the head and the neck of a goose, as shown at B, saw it out and drill a 1/16 inch hole near the end of its neck. Now paint the bird's body and the anterior part of its anatomy - by which I mean its head and neck. Saw out two wooden wheels 2 inches in diameter and drill a 1/16 hole in the center of each one.
Cut off a piece of iron wire 1/16 inch thick, slip it through the hole in the goose's neck and bend the wire on both sides of it to form a crankshaft as shown at C. The next move is to put each end of the wire through the small hole in the body, then force a wheel on each end of the wire tight and bend up what is left of the latter.
Fig. 103C. goosie, goosie gander, where shall i wander
Make three pins of wood 1/4 inch in diameter and 7/8 inch long; smear some glue on the ends and drive them gently through the holes; these pins will keep the boards which form the body the right distance apart and the pins in front also act as a guide for the goose's head. When finished it will look like C.
Now when a string is tied to the front part of the goose's body and your little sister (or you) pulls it over the floor, the goose will run its head to and fro and forth and back in a most real and life-like fashion. How to Make a Dancing Sambo. -Here is a chance for you to get in your fine work with your scroll saw and to do a bit of wood carving at the same time if you want to.
Fig. 104A. The Dancing Sambo
Saw out, or carve out, or both, the head and body of a black rascal named Sambo, and make them of a single piece of wood; saw out a pair of arms and legs but make each one of the latter in two parts and joint them at the knees as shown at A in Fig. 104.
Fasten the arms and legs to the body with pins so that they will swing freely. The figure should be about 6 inches high and painted in 3 or 4 bright colors. When you have it done fix the end of a wire 1/16 inch in diameter and 5 inches long, firmly into the back of Sambo's body.
Make a box 3 inches wide, 3 inches high and 6 inches long; bore or cut a hole 3/4 inch in diameter in one end; turn it upside down and drill a 1/16 hole through the middle of the top and drill a 1/16 inch hole through both sides 2 inches back from the large hole in it as shown at B.
Fig. 104B. THE MECHANISM OF THE DANCING SAMBO
Cut off a strip of wood 1/2 an inch square and as long as the box is wide, drill a 1/16 inch hole through it and glue it inside the box so that the hole in the strip and the one in the top of the box will be in a line.
Now cut off a strip of hardwood 1/4 inch thick and 3 1/2 inches long for the lever and drill a 1/16 inch hole through it 2 inches from one end; slip the lever through the hole in the end of the box with its end under the cross-bar; pivot the lever by running a wire through the hole in it and the sides of the box as shown at B.
Slip the wire which is fixed to Sambo through the hole in the top of the box and on down through the hole in the cross-bar so that its free end rests on the end of the lever. This is all there is to the working mechanism of Sambo.
By working the end of the lever with your fingers as though you were sending a telegraph message, as shown at A, the small time Ethiopian will execute all sorts of fancy dance steps and cut up antics that will keep the children, and the grown-ups too, in great good humor for a long time.
By working the lever cleverly you can give the darkey distinctive charactertistics that not even a member of his own race ever possessed.
Fig. 105a. the wireless pup. the slot in the floor ob the dog house