|Project by PPK||posted 09-23-2016 01:49 PM||328 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
I built two of these children’s toys recently. One is for my son, who turns one today. The other will be a gift for whomever. Its easy to build more than one when you’re in the mode. You simply pound the pegs down, then flip the bench over and pound them back the other way. I remember using this type of toy when I was young!
The woods used are: Walnut, Hickory, Oak (dowels), Cherry, Ash. I turned the mallets on my lathe. The pegs are just a 3/4” oak dowel cut up, and kerfs cut in both ends with the bandsaw. I drilled 11/16” holes in the toy to fit the pegs. There were still a little tight for the pegs to fit in, so I made them just a little larger with my spindle sander.
I used Cutting board mineral oil to finish the first one (the second doesn’t have any finish on it yet) because children will inevitably put the toy in their mouths, and I didn’t want it to be toxic at all. The mineral oil does a nice job of bringing out the color of the wood.
My son uses his toy hammers to pound on his head, so hopefully this will re-direct his need to pound away from his head and into something a little more productive.
I’ll try to get a picture of the little man using it and post that after he opens it up!