Wing Chun Dummy – Arms Race

I had originally planned to use some oak log sections from the house for the dummy’s arms.  However, when I rived out a blank and turned it to rough diameter, I found the wood to still be soaking wet.  I didn’t want to wait six months or more for it to air dry, so I headed to the lumberyard.

I had to make the trip anyway.  I needed some 4/4 hickory for the support slats, so I just killed two birds with one stone.  While I was at it, I stumbled upon some curly maple that was perfect for the upcoming stepstool.  All in all, a good day!

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I skip-planed the oak to glue-ready smoothness and cut the pieces to rough size. You’ll notice that one piece is shorter than the others.  That’s OK, they’re all oversize anyway.  This was followed by glue-up.

Wing Chun Dummy - Arms Race 3

Once out of the clamps, the blanks were trimmed to 22″ in length.  This allows 11″ each for the arm and tenon.  These were turned to 2 1/2″ diameter cylinders, and then one end was tapered to 1 1/2″ at the rounded tip.

Wing Chun Dummy - Arms Race 4These were sanded smooth, which left us ready to create the long square tenons on the other end.  Since this will make an article in its own right, we’ll pick up there next time.


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