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Project of the Week: Discover prehistoric fun this Christmas

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
By Don and Dave Runyan, For The Oklahoman Published: December 8, 2012

Combining a classic rocking toy with every child's natural fascination with dinosaurs, this do-it-yourself rocking dinosaur proves that there's nothing old-fashioned about prehistoric fun. The project is irresistible to most kids — just wait until your own little paleontologist “discovers” him under the Christmas tree.

Kids of all ages love the dinosaur's friendly face, “bone” rockers, comfy seat and easy-to-use handholds. The project's sturdy design, safe and gentle rocking motion and heirloom quality will appeal to the grown-ups in the family.

Adults will also appreciate that it's inexpensive to build. The dinosaur requires just a small quantity of standard pine lumber, dowels, glue and screws, paint and a wooden ball for the eyes.

Construction is simple. Just trace the parts onto wood, cut out, assemble and paint. We used “lizard green,” but colors and patterns are limited only by the builder's imagination.

The completed dinosaur measures 45 inches long by 36 inches tall by 12 inches wide.

The Rocking Dinosaur plan, No. 815, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, a complete shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.

A package of kids' rockers plans, No. C73, is $24.95 and includes the rocking dinosaur plus plans for a rocking horse, a pony rocker and a rocking airplane. Please include $4 per order (not per item) for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. To order by credit card, or to request a free catalog, call 1-800-828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at


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