Calling this a woodworking project would be a gross overstatement, but if you’d like to bring a smile to the face of your own – or other children, it doesn’t get much quicker or easier than this. The photo below shows a few of the two dozen or so small tops I made from wheels and dowels ‘left-over’ from the small race cars I made for our club’s Christmas toy drive. They could be made any number of ways, but here’s how I did it. I chucked a dowel into my portable drill that was snug...
Now that I am out past the fenders things have progressed along very nicely, this past weekend I was able to get almost all the work done to complete the project sans finishing. I am using birds eye maple for the box of the dump truck here is the bottom and the frontHere are the sides, I finally get to use all of those itty bitty clamps given to me when I started my wood working odyssey several years back.and without the clampsAnd finally the body of the truck: Today after wook I am hop...
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 ...
Played with the cabin today, thankfully the bad weather went around us here in Huntsville al.Went to Google and searched for a more modern looking cabin.The picture I liked was of the whole machine so the cabin was to small so took the picture printed it out then enlarger it. It took 4 tries at different sized before I found the right size.Then made 4 copy’s and cut and pasted on the wood cut them out and it’s done.Sounds easy but it took all day.I was planning to go rounder with ...
It’s track day!!! part two Showed this last time but just wanted you to be able to see the difference in the jig. Drill the one finger then flip it and drill the other. [9/64 drill bit] Then started the other end using a 1/64 larger bit I’ll show pictures why later.I drilled a little passed center then flipped it over and drilled the other side.I added a board under the jig so the tread wouldn’t slip down under load I first drilled all the small fingered ones as ...
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...
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