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Pusheeface Posts: 1

Hello everyone, I am new to making teddies (well teddy cats are my focus - just finished my 1st one last night)! I'm looking to try cotter pin joints as opposed to the plastic ones (they are brutal snapping into place) for my next teddycat, and I have a question...

Why do all the cotter pin joints have a fiberboard/wood disc in between the metal washers? Is there a reason why a metal washer (the same size as the wood disk) isnt used?

I'm asking because the wood discs are really hard to find locally.

Thank you so much for your help!

CrawlyCreepies Posts: 86
Pusheeface wrote:

Hello everyone, I am new to making teddies (well teddy cats are my focus - just finished my 1st one last night)! I'm looking to try cotter pin joints as opposed to the plastic ones (they are brutal snapping into place) for my next teddycat, and I have a question...

Why do all the cotter pin joints have a fiberboard/wood disc in between the metal washers? Is there a reason why a metal washer (the same size as the wood disk) isnt used?

I'm asking because the wood discs are really hard to find locally.

Thank you so much for your help!

Welcome to the hobby!
I'd imagine it's to protect the fabric. The edges of a metal washer could easily wear away at the fabric over time, not to mention the potential rust stain/discoloration.
Fiberboard joint discs are a specialist item in general, I think most people have to buy them online.

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