This DIY baby walker is based on a project made by Marshall Townsend for his son Carter.
When I first saw it, I was curious about how it works and how I could make one too.
Marshall made it based on a video on YouTube and a few basic measurement from another shopping site, as you do.
This woodworking project can be made with any scraps of wood you have laying around. I would use pieces that are at least 19mm thick for the main parts.
An exploded view showing how the parts fit together.
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A close up with some parts removed to show the rear axle with pegs that move the arms up and down.
Part A with a few dimensions.
Dimensions for Part B, the uprights which supports the handle.
Note the handle is a 19mm dowel, which coincides with the size of a broom handle. Just saying.
More parts with dimensions.
The dimensions are just a guide.
The rear axle is red, the pivot for the arms is green.
Showing the rear axle with the pegs that lift the arms.
The pegs can be almost anything you want, I would use 8mm dowel.
I would make the length of rear axle oversize so that I could trim it to fit during final assembly.
The pivot in the video appears to be a metal rod, which I think would be a good idea.
A few spacers made from plastic pipe to keep the arms in line with the pegs.
The arm with the shape of a bird as seen in the video. Here I am showing the length of the arm and the proposed position of the pivot point.
Because I have not actually made this DIY baby walker yet, these dimensions are a guide. I would make a trial piece first to test the effect of changing the position of the pivot point.
Moving the pivot point to the right would increase the height of the rise and fall, as well as increasing the amount of force required, which in turn would make it harder to push.
Indeed, Marshall found it necessary to make rubber treads for the rear wheels. It would certainly help with tiled floors.
Maybe my concerns are exaggerated, but my feeling is that there would be a sweet spot in relation to the position of the pivot and the length of the studs on the axle.
On the other hand, moving the pivot point to the left would have the effect of decreasing the rise and subsequent fall, which in turn means less volume on the tone bar in the front.
These are the shapes Marshall used for Carter's walker.
The only limit is your imagination. Why not use Christmas bells for a bit more noise, or Easter bunnies, or better still, make a variety of different shapes that you can change from time to time.
Have you seen those shoes that light when you walk? I'm pretty hopeless when it comes to electronics, but I am sure it is possible to make something with LED's that light up when they strike the tone bar.
Imagine a Star Wars At-At that lights up when it walks.
If you would like to follow Carter's DIY baby walker, here are the shapes Marshall used.
The Jeep Wrangler is easy enough to cut with a scroll saw or a fret saw.
The Star Wars At-At shows a bit more detail. I would give serious consideration to simply making a print and mounting it onto a board. Which is why I made a left and right hand image.
In today's world, I am given to understand that one can indeed print directly from one's mobile device to a Bluetooth enabled printer.
I still do it the old fashioned way, directly from my computer via a USB cable.
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