Wakefield Toys

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Project by SaintNYC posted 12-25-2015 04:18 AM 888 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Last year, I found a copy of Animated Animal Toys by David Wakefield at a friend’s house, and borrowed it with some ambitious inkling to dote something for nieces and nephew sometime for Christmas. Of course, that came to nothing, and they each received one dimensional cars with wheels. Fast forward to this spring, and a scroll saw richer (as well as replacing the stock blade in by benchtop bandsaw – from Sears to Starrett, night and day difference), and I realized I could tackle one, maybe two, of the projects for this holiday season.

The Seal is made of three laminated layers: walnut sandwiched by cherry with walnut “fins” and hobby store wheels. The existing axle holes were filled and then a hole for the axle was drilled approx. 1/8” off center, in order to make the waddle effect motion of the pull toy.

I did something similar with the Alligator, instead it was maple sandwiched between two pieces of walnut. The head, however was walnut sides, with black palm, maple and walnut. I had the black palm lying around, and it was a small piece, so what the heck. This project was trickier, in that everything had to be spaced correctly in order for the head to move up and down when it was pushed forward. It was a little tight, and it gets stuck at times, but I hope the little guy who receives it will play it and wear it down enough to move smoothly.

All of it was finished with a mineral oil/beeswax mix (exception being the wheels). Not surprisingly, the black palm did not finish so well with that type of finish, but it blends in enough with the walnut that it doesn’t look too out of place.

I had a phenomenal time making them, and I have to thank David Wakefield for some pretty awesome plans. Also, I have to thank everyone here for all their insight and advice over the years I have been reading Lumberjocks. Have a great holiday and a healthy new year!
Have a great holiday, and a healthy new year.

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#1 posted 12-25-2015 10:26 PM

Very nice toys.
I bought his book back 30 or so years ago and it’s right here on the shelf now.
Have built many of his toys, love playing with the cams and such.

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