1949 Reading Steam Freight Train I started a new project. It is a steam train using Gatto plans. I currently have made the main frame, boiler and the display track. I made a jig out of a strip of plywood with grooves spaced the right distance apart and then glued a fence on one side to line up the cross ties. I also made several spacers to go between the cross ties. This made it super easy to make the track. Here is the main frame coming together. The b...
My three-year-old daughter likes to help my wife and I cook in the kitchen. It’s nice that she wants to help but isn’t a lot that she can usually do that is both safe and/or unlikely to ruin the meal. Sometimes she decides to try and start meals without us, let me tell you. Toys + flour + eggs don’t mix will well and are quite the pain to clean. I decided that maybe she needed something else to keep her busy while we cook so I set about designing and building her a kitch...
On the first one of these I made, I cut the slot at the rear (for holding the tail) on the band saw. But that was because I didn’t have a table saw that I liked to use. So, I decided to try the slot on the table saw. The tail and all wing pieces will be out of 1/4” thick material. I have a Freud thin kerf blade installed, which cuts about a 3/32” wide kerf, and didn’t want to bother installing my dado blade. Two passes of the thin kerf is less than 1/4”. I ...
I wanted a chair for my daughter’s cubby house and was looking to buy something 2nd hand. I came across a chunky pine post in my back shed and inspiration struck. I decided I could make a chest that could provide some storage for toys and double as a bench seat – I also wanted to get my head around this mortise and tenon business. I marked everything out and cut all of my tenons then cleaned them up with chisels. All hand tools so far, by necessity. I marked each ...
I bought this off of ebay this week. It was listed as a small plane, but it looks like a toy, model or perhaps some form of box. I would not see a purpose for the lid if it was a toy or model. I bought it because it was unusual. It has a hinged lid. The blade and wedge appear to be decorative. The patina appears to be real indicating it is quite old. The horn has tool marks which to me indicate it was carved. Here is a view inside. The hole appears hand cut with tool marks evide...
Had I not been laying in bed in pain from overdoing it yesterday at my home construction site on what had already started as a high pain day, I would have been much more excited when Woodcraft called to tell me my saw had arrived. I got a log cabin kit delivered out at my property yesterday. Center-cut oak beams with dovetailed corners to build my new house, but that’s a whole other story. Anyhow, I finally got to go pick up my saw when my friend who’s carrying the loan got off...
I have decided to build a model equipment trailer for my Father In-law. He is always such a great help for me around the house with projects and I wanted to make something for him to show my thanks. Since he has a small excavation contracting business so I thought some wood models would be nice. I found the plans by D.B. Gatto and decided on the flatbed trailer and backhoe. I have started the trailer and hope to have it finished in a couple of weeks and then move on to the backhoe. The plan i...
I finally finished the paint and assembly and here is the completed piece! I’m really pleased with the over all look of the piece and how it turned out, although I might make some changes in future mechanisms. The action is pretty realistic and I learned the true meaning of being “glued to the saddle”.....this cowboy would always get bucked off until the application of some glue to the seat of his pants. Here are a few pictures and a link to the video. I really appreciat...
This maze will drive people nuts! I built this project based on a plan in a book called Zany Wooden Toys That Whiz, Spin, Pop, and Fly. I was thrilled when the author, Bob Glisdorf granted me permission to make a video using one of his designs. Check out the book. It’s really cool. Read more about this project and Bob's book here.
Quick project last weekend: finished hours before the house flooded and my home shop became closed until further notice. I’ve got the birch sitting around, so Ill probably build two or three more. The diameter on these drums isn’t exactly right for its height & I want to make a tin drumhead rather than stretched poster-paper. The mallet came out well though – if I ever make a xylophone or something, I’ll use the method I used here. —WW
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