No matter how long I have been doing woodworking, it seems that I am always learning something new. Most of the time, too, this knowledge comes when I need something or stumble onto something while I am focusing on something else. It is kind of cool. This weekend I spent creating some new things for my grand daughter, Willow. Willow is about 18 months old now, and really at a 'busy' age. I thought it would a nice to send her some cute and simple puzzles for Easter.I have...
One of my preferences in woodworking is wooden toys. I have a special interest in trucks and the model of the Old Time Farm Truck by Ron Fritz, Creeksidewoodshop.com on the Google Sketchup 3D warehouse drew my attention. His model was in imperial dimensions and since I work in metric I redrew the truck in Sketchup with metric dimensions and also simplified it somewhat . You can convert imperial to mm in sketchup and the other way round, but you end up with mm figures wich are quite unusab...
I decided that it would be a lot of fun to put wheels on this toy and I decided to use a 3/8” dowel with 1 1/2” wheel diameters and at the end I would make my own style of hubcap for lack of a better word out of some wooden acorns that I found in a local woodcraft store you can see below. The wheels had a hole 3/8” already in them and I needed to drill a little 3/8” hole in the hubcap to receive the dowel so as that the wheels literally didn’t fall off.. see t...
I have taken some long over due time off of work this week and am taking advantage of it as much as I can. Today I got busy on the frog, receiving plate and lever cap. Last week I had already finished adding the knob/tote screw posts and cut out and drilled the tote for this guy. Dug out a chunk of aluminum and started cutting… I REALLY need to consider a metal band saw lol… And with that done I had the “machined” base for the frog. Next w...
(Edited) Looks like I forgot to link to the actual video. Sorry! Inspiration courtesy of Steve at Woodworking for Mere Mortals. That link has free plans so you can make one yourself. I didn’t follow the plans to the letter, I watched the video once with my daughter and just kinda winged it from memory, so astute viewers might note that a few details are off. When my almost five year old is “helping”, I don’t exactly have the same focus and time to make somethin...
I had hoped to be further along on this by now but progress is still progress I suppose. I am taking some vacation time next week so hopefully I can get this mostly done by the end of the first week of DEC leaving just a few simple tools left to complete the set for Christmas. Anyhoo.. we left off with the rough joints brazed into the aluminum. After sanding for a few hours I finally broke down and picked up a belt sander for the shop. I had been tossing around needing one for about a y...
Why buy it when you can make it! #15: Birthday Party Activity [Part 3] - Start em early, start em young
Yesterday was my monthly daddy daughter day (DDD). After a long day of activities and dietary violations (ice cream anyone), I told my daughter that daddy wanted to sand the ducks for her birthday party. Her response was “should I help?”. So off the DDD duo went to sand all of the ducks. Most of the work was done by me outdoors, with my daughter safetly behind a closed patio door. After I was fairly confident I had blown away and wiped down all the dust from the ducks, I let ...
With only a few more weekends to go, the time will undoubtedly fly by before my daughter’s birthday party. Knowing my track record, I opted to high tail it, so that I would be able to pre-prime the parts before the party. I managed to sneak some time in this weekend to: Trace out and rough cut the remaining 16 ducks – I tried to do as much work as I could at home before heading into the shop. I’ve decided I need a new jig saw. My Skil (older version of the 4290 one) i...
hi I am longtime woodworker but not a social media person. I have this great project that I need to get the word out on. just going to the site helps. sharing with friends helps more. any tips one how to get the word to spread would be welcomed. Thank you https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/318841465/battle-mints
You can’t appreciate this toy unless you see it in action. I hope the link works. It’s my first ever youtube video and the first video ever shot on my iphone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JclY0Ho9dC8&feature=youtu.be I started tinkering and playing with this idea a couple of years ago and just decided to take it back off the shelf. The kids might not want to put their video games down long enough to try and master this simple toy but I would set the age range from 6 ...
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