I am planning on giving purely woodworking based gifts for Christmas this year. For my son I have settled on the Construction Grade Toy projects from Wood Magazine. Both my Father and Father in Law are woodworkers, we have decided to split the set up amongst ourselves. I am taking the Crane and I am going to make a Modified Tractor Trailer into a Dump Truck. He will get one from each of us for Christmas and the other for his birthday. First up the Dump Truck. ps It is nice to get...
So some friends are leaving town permanently for Vancouver and we are getting together this weekend with them and their two boys, one older and the other younger than The Dragon. I’ve had it in mind to make a Dino-Train set so I decided to make a couple of dinos for the boys as going away presents. Took about three hours to make the two and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out as tests. I’ll do them again and I think they will be better from what I learned ...
Hi, Is there a type of glue and wood that should or should not be used for making kids Toys? Im a new grandfather and want to make the little guy some toys. The first thing that comes to mind is him chewing on the toys so i want to be sure i dont make him sick. Thanks!
Well I got this done finally a couple of days ago. As I said, I am going to hold off on finishing, so there is still a crap load of sanding to do along with the finish itself…..thinking Waterlox…..
And here is the first set. —Please note the boy added for scale— Among the lessons leaned: The way the grain goes is more important than maximizing the wood. The camel’s leg broke but glued together well, would not have broke had I cut it right. Axel holes in the center of the leg don’t leave enough room for hooks and eyes. Use smaller hooks and eyes Now on to the next something.
I finally was able to make it back to the shop to finish up a couple of projects that crept up on me as life diverted me from the garage for a while. The first is for my Dad’s birthday today, he is a big WWII buff so I thought I’d try to make something a little more complex than what I had done. It was fun and I’m pretty happy with it: I learned a lot, as always. Like there is a reason the plans called for the cuts in a certain order. I went to fast and ruined o...
One of the stands that caught my eye at the Maleny Wood Expo was by Camphor Cottages.. they make Classic Timber Toys for kids of all ages…. The toys are made in northern New South Wales by Tom and Michelle and you can see them at Byron Bay Markets on the 1st Sunday of each month or Bangalow Markets on the 4th Sunday of each month
I thought it would be fun to make some toys. I had everything but a band saw so I picked up the bottom-of-the-line Delta Shopmaster to learn on. So far, a lot of fun and I made a rough prototype from some plans from a book I bought. My son instantly claimed it as his own, so a good sign. Now I am at this stage of the Circus: I need to sand these and the wheels and put them together. Still undecided on finish, leave them plain or a salad bowl finish or paint them. I may have...
Set number two: I really like that t-rex. Also put together a couple of dragons: And my little dragon took right to them. I’m going to re-design the red dragon so the wings come off the body like the t-rex legs, I think that will give it more pop. The dragons are painted with milk based paints and the dinos are finished with salad bowl finish.
On Saturday I went to the Woodworkers Expo in San Mateo, California. I dragged along a friend who’s done some woodworking (he’s taking a class at the Palo Alto Adult Ed, which apparently has an awesome shop) but who didn’t want to buy anything. I made up for this by spending my entire budget. I had a list of things I “needed” – and I kept pretty close to the list, although my dollar didn’t stretch as far as I’d hoped it would. Anyway, here’...
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