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Hi I'm new here. I've always had an interest in woodworking and I'm trying to get started by doing some small projects. I have a familiarity with many power tools from my years of building signs. Most of my experience was with plexi and aluminum, rather than wood though. Those materials don't have a grain!

I'm interested in making some whirligigs and trying to make my garage more useable as a shop. I have a limited budget and am trying to gain experience by using recycled or cheap materials.

The forum contains many tips and ideas, which I hope to use to further this hobby.

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hi paul welcome to the forum I am in Ontario where do you live I am in Campbellville are you any where close Andy
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Welcome aboard. Plenty of books out on making whirlygigs, Check your local library, and used bookstores before you pay top% for new. Seems to me I've seen free plans on-line too. Check craigslist, plenty of free, usable, wood on there.

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Thanks for the welcome guys.

I'm in Mississauga Andy.

Theo, I've found some ideas on the net. I made my first whirligig, a frog with rotating hind legs, a couple of months ago.

Most that I've seen are fairly simple to figure out but there are a few issues that need some head scratching. Cutting slots for a propellor hub took me a while. I had to make a simple jig for my table saw. I'm still not sure if the legs of ones like my frog should be united on the shaft with the blade angles the same direction on both sides. Or free on the shaft with opposing angles? It's difficult to tell what people are doing from pictures that I've seen. I made my frog the first way and he looks good. I've made a small 5 blade prop but the balance isn't that great. Not that whirligigs are precision instruments. ;-)
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Paul send me your email address and I will send you my phone # or send your # as I live not very far from you I have lots of ideas for you. My address is [email protected] .
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For cheap wood I suggest looking in the 'free' section or the 'material' section of craigslist. Do it yourselfers often have a little leftover timber flooring. Flooring supplier also have odd lots of discontinues flooring. Just walk into their shop and ask.

Here in the states we have a charity organization called Habitats for Humanity. It builds homes for disadvantaged people. This organization has resale shops for used building materials. I don't know if you have a similar organization, but if so, that is a good source of inexpensive materials.
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Hi Andy. Sorry, I'd rather not give out my number. When I get enough posts in, I'll PM you.
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Thanks for the tips Ben. We do have a similar charitable organization here, I'm not sure if it's the same one. I stopped in there once but wasn't looking for wood at the time. I'll have to stop in again and look around.
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