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    I've completely sanded the body for my wooden dummy. I've filled in all the cracks with wood putty and I've transfered the marks from plans to the dummy. Now all I have to do is start drilling and chiseling. I think I'll have the arms made by a woodworker. I'm kinda flying blind here but hey what the hell.
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    I would recommend spring loaded arms, they add realissim to the training.
    Also, if you can put it on a free standing base that allows you to rotate the dummy, that would be good also.
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    Originally posted by ronin69
    I would recommend spring loaded arms, they add realissim to the training.
    That sounds good but i can't visualize. I'm guessing some kind of heavy duty spring that is inserted into the dummy body with wood arms attached. Do you have a picture? And thanks for the input.
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    There is a book:
    Paladin press I think, Build your own wooden dummy by Micheal something or other.
    It shows how to add springs, trampoline springs like those you can find at Home Depot.
    The arms are pipe and the springs attache to holes in the pipe and to the back of the dummy, thsi allows for the arme to be moved in a vertical plane.
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    Originally posted by Mr.Miyagi
    Mmm it's like the innitiation right to becoming a jedi, lightsaber...= wooden dummy. Heh. I want to make my own, but I may buy one, guy at our school makes them for cheap.

    *finds a fallen trunk struck my lightning, still on fire, and drags it back home to begin the sanding* It could be a sweet ass WC movie..haha.
    heh. That reminds me of that simpsons episode where Homer makes a baseball bat out of a tree branch.
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    Virtual mantis I built my own wooden dummy. I built it with my dayd in 1987 back then. I still have it. I didn't use pvc I used a tree log. We "borrowed it".
    We used old wooden couch feet for the arms. For the leg we found an elbow same tree branch and we used a rasp file to take off the bark and smooth out everything. We used a giant awe/drill bit to drill out holes in the log and used the giant rasp to take off the rough edges. We bolted the thing up onto the edge area betwen my kitchen and bedroom. We placed padded matress material in the back to give it space for the back ends of teh arms and to prevent the dummy from banging up on the wall edge. We then roped it together and mounted on teh wall edge with screws and the like.

    [Hey how do you stick your home pictures up on the site. I could post a picture of my dummy up.]
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    Originally posted by virtual_mantis
    Thanks for the input all. I went to a rough cut lumber mill today and bought a 5 foot long post 9 in. in diameter. I spent the rest of the day sanding it down. I'm documenting the whole thing to hopfully write an article with pictures. I'll let you know how it turns out. Ofcourse any tips or tricks would be appreciated.
    I'm really looking forward to that tutorial...
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    I'm not sure I can call it a tutorial seeing how it's my first attempt at building a dummy. But here's an update of where I am with this.

    I've completely sanded the entire body of the dummy. At first I used a hand held belt sander with a heavy grit sand paper to knock down all the big chunks. Then I used a Palm sander with a less course grit to really smooth it out.

    I then filled in all the cracks with wood putty. Waited a day for it to dry and then sanded the whole thing again so it's really smooth.

    Next I transfered my measurements from my plans to the dummy. I found the plans here: http://www.wingchun.org/txt/misc/dummy.html and here: http://www.wckfc.com/news/dummy/

    The body for my dummy isn't exactly 9in. in diameter so finding where the marks for the two tops arms should go was kinda tricky. But I think that I found a pretty good way to do it. More on that later.

    After all my measurements were transfered I faxed the plans for the arms to a wood worker. I used the plans from this site for the arms: http://www.wckfc.com/news/dummy/ I was happy and surprized to hear that the woodworker actually recognized what the arms were.

    I decided that I was going to make my own leg. I based the plans for the leg off of the same page as the arms. I made the leg out of cheap pine so I expect the leg to break sometime. When it breaks I'll make the next one out of oak like the arms.

    I've drilled and chisled the holes for the support slats and the hole for the leg. Chiseling the hole for the leg was not easy because of the 15 degree angle that it is on. I must say that I did a pretty good job with it though.

    I'm still waiting for the arms to be completed and I plan to mount it to the wall of my garage when I'm done.

    I'm trying approach building this wooden dummy just like learning a new technique. Taking my time, being paitient but also trying to be as accurate as possible.
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    Sounds like the technique will be part of you soon. This is great, plz keep us posted about the process. I will now read through the pages you linked to above.

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    Any news since your last post? I've been trying to get hold of woodworkers around here but I'm not getting the part of how to fix the wall mounts right. You worked on that already?
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