1922 Toy Racing Car

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Project by DaleMaley posted 02-21-2015 09:10 PM 900 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The 1922 book, Advanced Toy Making for Schools by David M. Mitchell, has many design patterns for children’s toys.

This book is about the equipment needed to teach a boy’s woodworking shop class in 1922. At the end of the book are many patterns for the class to make items.

One of these patterns is for a neat looking 1922 toy racing car:

I entered the plan into Google Sketchup.

The toy car is made of plain pine. I bought same fancy spoked wheels as well.

The biggest challenge I had was how to make the air louvers in the curved hood. I am not very good at free-hand painting, especially this small of an item.

My wife had the idea of using thin veneer wood, painting it, then gluing it onto the hood. I used some very thin holly veneer, and it worked :)

I will make a total of 4 cars on this run, all of which will be gifts for grandchildren, or other family children. They should make great toys.

If you are interested in my trials & tribulations of making this project, see my web site.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 02-22-2015 04:04 AM

Lot’s of creative play time here.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 07:36 AM

Netiher toy has such warm and beauty as wooden toys.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 02-24-2015 12:52 AM

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 03-05-2015 08:11 PM

I like the race car. I found the book online


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#5 posted 03-05-2015 11:07 PM

The 1922 book has about 50 patterns for toys in it.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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