Be as imaginative as you wish in finishing your snake. Be sure to use nontoxic paint. Children will love it.
Lay out full size the head, part number 2, and tail, part number 3. Transfer them to the wood and cut out.
Cut six or so body pieces, parts number 1, to overall size.
Cut the notch and tine according to the given dimensions. It is a good idea to use some kind of a jig so that all notches and tines will be exactly the same size as when standard finger joints are cut.
Locate and drill the 1/8-inch diameter holes using the given dimensions.
Round the ends as shown. Round the inner surfaces with a rasp. Remember, this is a Folk Art, handmade toy, it does not have to be exact. Sand all pieces.
Give your pieces a thin base coat of paint. It is easier to paint the pieces now rather than after they are put together.
Cut the pins, part number 4, to size.
Glue the pins to the tow outer finger joints of the body, part number1, and tail, part number 3. Take care not to get glue on the center finger joint. Check that each joint moves freely.
Sand all over. Round the edges along the body tail and head, slightly.
Here is the fun part. Paint your snake to make it look as real as possible. Wait till the children see this project.
|1||BODY||1/2 x 1-3 LONG||6|
|2||HEAD||1/2 x 2 - 4 1/8 LONG||1|
|3||TAIL||1/2 x 1 3/4 - 2 9/16||1|
|4||PIN||1/8 DIA. - 1'' LONG||7|