Cutting the Body Blank
I cut the pattern and attach it to the piece of wood I will use as the body, in this case a piece of Tupelo, taking care to line up the centrelines.
Since the hole in the base of the head will be smaller than that needed for the actuator rod through the body the head must be separated before drilling. I drill a 1/8" hole through the length on the body, since I have a long drill bit, and anything smaller tends to drift when drilling. I will install a collar in the neck later to reduce the diameter somewhat.
Using the scroll saw I cut out the body blank. Notice that I have chosen to add the legs later, as well as the suspenders. After cutting the side and front profiles, the remaining piece in the middle is the block that will be shaped to the body.
Drill a smaller hole (1/16") in the base of the head and cut out the front and side profile. This will be where the actuator rod will be fastened.
After cutting out the head and temporarily mounting it on the body block it looks something like this.
Next it is on to shaping with my Dremel tool!
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