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Project by KarenMW posted 05-01-2015 04:53 AM 1504 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made 2 of these for my niece to give as gifts to a friend of hers having twins. She knows they can’t play with them for awhile, but still wanted them :) The wheels are maple and the rest is oak, except for the round balls. At first I was buying wheels at hobby lobby, but they made it look, should I say cheap? So I went to the most reliable source I knew of how to make my own wheels, youtube. No polyurethane used, since a child will be playing with it, but has a homemade beeswax rub on it. Everything was done by trial and error, since I’m a beginner.

-- Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~





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#1 posted 05-01-2015 11:52 AM

Would you share your bees wax mix? I typically use mineral oil as a finish for toys. Thanks for posting

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#2 posted 05-01-2015 12:31 PM

Simply love it. This will be great for the grandson coming soon. Thanks for sharing.
Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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#3 posted 05-01-2015 12:35 PM

Nice job. I use a mineral oil and bees wax mix on cutting boards and such. About 4 parts oil to wax, heat to melt wax in. I rub the mixture while it is warm.

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 05-01-2015 02:48 PM

I would love to make one of these for my Granddaughter but how do you make your Beeswax rub?

-- Al Breit

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#5 posted 05-01-2015 05:01 PM

Those are really cool. I like wood non-electronic toys the best for kids!!

If you have a bandsaw and sander, you can make wheels of any size!!

cheer, Jim…..................Oh, by the way WELCOME TO LUMBERJOCKS- the best wood working site on the internet!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 05-01-2015 05:06 PM

Nice job, thanks for share

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#7 posted 05-01-2015 07:21 PM

Annoyance at its finest. Kids should love them!!!!!!!!!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 05-02-2015 12:14 AM

Nice lawn mower. I made 2 of these for my granddaughters using square blocks in stead of balls. Makes a lot of racket and they love em.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 05-02-2015 01:35 AM

Thank you for the positive feedback :)
I buy my beeswax from a local bee farm at $10 a pound, so check out your area before you purchase it on the internet. 1 part beeswax to 4 part olive oil. I use olive oil due to allergies kids may have with nut oils. You could use jojoba oil. Melt the 1 part wax in a double boiler until liquefied, some people grate theirs for faster melting (keep under 150 degrees), then add 4 parts oil. As you add the oil the wax seems to start forming, but melts. Stir until mixed and then pour into jars. I pour mine in large mouth 8oz mason jars. The wax I got was from a hive near cornfields so mine has a corn smell, where if the hive was near a flower field it would have a slight smell of flowers, from what I was told. I stay away from any chemicals when it comes to finishing the wood on toys. I also use non toxic paint instead of acrylic paints

-- Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

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#10 posted 05-02-2015 01:37 AM

Shellac is also a “kid safe ” finish.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 05-02-2015 01:38 AM


Those are really cool. I like wood non-electronic toys the best for kids!!

If you have a bandsaw and sander, you can make wheels of any size!!

cheer, Jim…..................Oh, by the way WELCOME TO LUMBERJOCKS- the best wood working site on the internet!!

- Jim Jakosh

I’m doing research on bandsaws, for sawing wood into laminate. Any input on what bandsaw is best would be greatly appreciated.

-- Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

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KarenMW

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#12 posted 05-02-2015 01:47 AM



Shellac is also a “kid safe ” finish.

- gfadvm


I never knew of shellac being kid safe. I looked it up to see where the shellac comes from. I think I’ll pass lol

From Wikipedia: Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. It is processed and sold as dry flakes (pictured at right) and dissolved in ethanol to make liquid shellac, which is used as a brush-on colorant, food glaze and wood finish. Shellac functions as a tough natural primer, sanding sealant, tannin-blocker, odour-blocker, stain, and high-gloss varnish. Shellac was once used in electrical applications as it possesses good insulation qualities and it seals out moisture. Phonograph (gramophone) records were also made of it during the 78-rpm recording era which ended in Western countries during the 1950s.

From the time it replaced oil and wax finishes in the 19th century, shellac was one of the dominant wood finishes in the western world until it was largely replaced by nitrocellulose lacquer in the 1920s and 1930s.

-- Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 05-02-2015 01:41 PM

You saw the “food glaze” ? It is used in lots of candies.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 05-02-2015 09:42 PM

Good Job, looks plenty rugged.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#15 posted 05-05-2015 04:37 AM

uh oh, what happens if the bees wax comes from near the local sewage treatment plant?

-- Deano

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