Once I was satisfied with the operation of the balls rolling down the track I moved on to making the runners. They too were made from hard maple. Starting with a simple sketch that I had drawn for a pattern, body parts were blocked out with the scroll saw, and then shaped with a Dremel tool. Hip and knee joints were milled with the milling machine.
Painting of the runner figures was with tole paints, and they were assembled with heavy duty dressmakers pins.
Finally after being at it for about 3 weeks the runners were ready to go for a run. Right lively bunch. Take a look for yourself.