I’ve always wanted to make things for children. I finally have a toddler to make something for in the family. My nephews came along before I was really into woodworking for fun. So now a small niece is in the picture. This is what I’m making her for Christmas. http://www.meiselwoodhobby.com/Products/ViewProduct.aspx?id=42983 It looks like a real fun project. They have a little weiner dog so hopefully she’ll like this. I didn’t get much done today – but i...
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.
Finally finished up the first two: And just in time as it seems our friends are all having babies at once. So I’m trying some others and practicing on the lathe. The two dumbbell shaped ones below are similar to the above two. Still need to be sanded and finished. I read about painting / staining with food coloring so I think I will try that with the lighter one. I also bought some walnut and birch dowels, cut them and hollowed them out with the router. I then filled th...
So I found some pictures of wooden rattles online and thought I’d try to do something like that. I bought my first lathe last winter and have not put much time into it, I thought these might be good ways to practice tuning. I turned some dowels and then cut them in half with the band saw. Then I used a few different forstner bits to hollow out the ends. Dropped in dried beans and rice and glued them shut then sanded them smooth. This is after two coats of salad bowl finish an...
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...
After the Circus Train I wanted to make a regular train. Band saw and drill press are the tools used, step one: Then a few coats of milk based paint (blue, black and red) and acrylic (orange and green). I like the milk paints, go on nice and cover well and have a smooth finish. Now to design some of my own using this style. I also need to find a better way to cut wheels, I may use dowels rather than cutting the out with a hole saw.
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 ...
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.
The wheels are on and I just need to add tails, horns, ears and maybe a little paint. Then add eyes and hooks and make them into the circus train. This has been a fun way to learn about the tools and techniques. The band saw and drill press are both new-ish and hardly used so it is fun to try them out, learn how to use them. I need to adjust something when cutting wheels out with the hole saw as they almost all stared smoking at every speed setting on the drill press. I need ...
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...
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