Magazine article Sunset

For Pulling or Storage, It's a Sturdy Scottie

Magazine article Sunset

For Pulling or Storage, It's a Sturdy Scottie

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THIS STURDY AND stoic life-size wooden Scottie will put up with almost anything a child can dish out. It's strong enought for adults to sit on, and rolls around on refrigerator wheels mounted to the bottom of its broad-based paws. Because it has a storage area, it can lead a double life as a small toy box.

The Scottie starts out as lengths of 1-by-12 and 1-by-8 clear pine. The form is basically a 7 1/2-inch-wide box with a dog's profile. You add the head and reinforce the legs with short pieces of pine.

Use a saber, jig-, or band saw to cut the intricately shaped pieces and a hand- or power saw for the straight pieces. Besides the materials listed in the box on the facing page, you'll need a screwdriver, a hammer, a nail set, a sander, sandpaper or a wood rasp, a drill with 1/16- and 3/4-inch bits, and polyurethane.

Using the diagram on the opposite page, trace and cut out the parts. The body sides and the head silhouettes are cut from the 1-by-12, the other parts from the 1-by-8. Start assembly by gluing and screwing together the main body pieces. Butt the side pieces (C and D) against the box bottom (E) first, then add the body silhouettes, making sure they clear the side pieces by 3/4 inch. Use a 1/16-inch bit or a #6 pilot bit to prevent splitting.

Nail the three head shapes together and sand to even the edges. Center the head on the shorter part of piece A, then glue and screw the head in place. Measure and cut the notch in the shorter part of piece B so it slips around the head (over piece A). …

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