|Project by maplerock||posted 01-31-2015 06:22 PM||1654 views||6 times favorited||20 comments|
My grandsons live far away from me. I only see them on rare occasions, so I like to spoil them when I can. My
wife, known as grandma to the tykes, will be flying east to babysit next week. I thought I’d get busy and send my little buddies some presents that she could give them.
I have lots of scraps around, so I just let my imagination run a little bit. I made some futuristic cars, some old fashioned cars, and some odd, what the heck is that kind of cars.
I didn’t use any plans, just winged it and had a little fun. Most of them roll pretty good, and they are designed to be used, not looked at. I hope they roll em, sling em, drop em, and go to sleep with them at night. They can bump them, chip the paint, use crayons on them, whatever they want.
These cars are primitive and simple, certainly not the quality I’ve seen on LJ, but they are for playing. When grandpa’s gone, maybe my cars will still be making little ones happy. That’s why I woodwork, not for money, I collect smiles.
Any of you with some scrap wood can do this. You can make your own wheels or bu y them at a craft store. Get some dowel rods and start creating. If you have some extra wood you can make someone happy! It took me a few days to make these cars, and then a couple more to paint or finish them.
The paint is Rustoleum gloss over primer, and the clear is Minwax tung oil and wipe on poly. There are no nails, no screws, and just titebond molding and trim glue holding everything together. I hope they hold up.
Grandma will give them a couple each day she’s there and remind the boys that Grandpa has been thinking about them. It will be interesting to see which ones they like best. Painted or stained? Old fashioned or futuristic? Big or small? Anyway, I had fun with them and hope that they do too.
-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana