1920 Reo car for Christmas giveaway.

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Project by Karson posted 10-28-2010 02:21 AM 2634 views 5 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been making some cars for our Toy Giveaway on the first Sat in December. Our woodworking club “The Mason Dixon Woodworkers” have a charity outreach where we give toys to around 25 different charities that they then distribute the toys to the children of disadvantaged families that they support.

We make around 1200-1300 toys each year.

This year the chairman of the Charity Outreach group decided that he was going to make a toy at home in addition to the toys at our workshop. I decided that I was going to do that also.

I selected this car a year ago and suggested that we might make it and this year I decided to make it myself.

I had a collection of Genuine Mahogany that had been given to the toy workshop. It was all stored at my home. The car plan was printed in Woodworkers Journal in April/May 1993. It was a representation of an Reo automobile 1920’s version.

There were around 35 separate parts. Some were made with Mahogany and I used Sapele for accent parts. Like engine block from mahogany and radiator with Sapele

I made 119 of these cars (I was planning 120) so I was short a part somewhere. Usually we make about 5 extra parts of everything so that if we have a bad one we don’t need to remake a part. They are already made.

I also made a limited number of reverse parts. That would be a Sapele car with Mahogany accents.

The first picture was a mahogany and a Sapele version side view.

The second picture is a Sapele version front view and back view.

The third picture is a Mahogany version, front view and back.

The forth and picture is of my car cube. 115 cars stacked up. The last part put on was the wheels so I stacked them up to dry.

We decided to give one of these cars to any contributor who donated $250.00 or more to our Toy Making effort. We are a 501( C )3 organization so any contribution can be deducted from you Income Taxes in the USA.

If anyone would like to find one of these cars in your mailbox, a contribution of $250.00 or more can be made to Mason Dixon Woodworkers, PO Box 103, Delmar DE 19940 Attn Karson Morrison. Then you can do your part in help children for Christmas. Smaller contributions will be cheerfully accepted.

12 jigs were made in the creation of this toy.

Merry Christmas To all.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 02:30 AM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 02:37 AM

These are beautiful. I want to thank you for making all these toys for charity! I agree with Mike you are a blest Man…. Yes you are!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 02:38 AM

There will be a least 119 happy people this holiday season. Good work.
When I write my letter this season, do I send it Santa or Karson ?

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 10-28-2010 02:44 AM

thats a lot of cars! think of all the maintenance they’ll need!

looks beautiful Karson (or is it Carson now?)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 10-28-2010 02:44 AM

SUPER WOW!!! Great job, Karson! You are Santa.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 10-28-2010 02:49 AM

looks like you are working in a factory on a peicework-contract Karson
hope it don´t give you stress-syndroms :-)
thank´s for sharing your work

take care

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#7 posted 10-28-2010 02:52 AM

Sharon I hope that they are maintence free.

Thanks everyone for your support.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 10-28-2010 02:56 AM

I am humbled by that stack of cars Karson, well done. They will last much longer than anything you can buy at a dealer today.

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#9 posted 10-28-2010 03:01 AM

No wonder I haven’t seen much of you around… good work and for a good cause.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#10 posted 10-28-2010 03:21 AM

Hey karson,
Will be an extra 119 happy kids out there this xmas….well done.

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#11 posted 10-28-2010 03:52 AM

Wow wonderful work Karson, They all look great.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 10-28-2010 04:09 AM

you make great stuff

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#13 posted 10-28-2010 04:17 AM

Merry Christmas, Karson. The kids will love this!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 10-28-2010 04:34 AM

WoW! That’s quite an inventory you have there! I’m sure each child who receives one will cherish and play with their car for many years.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#15 posted 10-28-2010 05:30 AM

Mr Ford would be impressed with your assembly line process. Yes, the kids will love these…

And, I can attest they look as good if not better in person as they do in the photos.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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