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Project by Roz posted 12-02-2018 05:17 PM 543 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Each year I find myself making toys for the holidays. It is getting harder to come up with new ideas. This year I decided I would combine the wooden train with circus animals and create a circus train. The result looks like fun and the children in my family no longer live in places where riding toys would be a safe or practical idea.

The project was an easy one but deceptive in the amount of time it required to cut, sand, finish and assemble all the individual pieces. I made nine trains, six of which are destine for the shop at the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega Al. I have decided to provide them with crafts and furniture as I can to sell in their shop. They will also be receiving a rocking horse this season.

The train parts are all cut from cutoff wood left from other projects (I’ve yet in post). So there is Walnut, White Oak, Red oak, Poplar, Pine, Pecan and maple. With so many pieces I opted to purchase wheels. I used 2 ¾ and 1 ¼ inch slab wheels to make the train. Dowel rod for axles, cup hooks and eye hooks for connections.

The train is made up of and engine, tender car, hippo, giraffe, elephant, lion, bear, camel, and a caboose. Teeth and horns are made from dowels. Ears and tails are made from strips of leather saved from cutoff garments and locked in place with a bit of dowel.

I painted some and stained others which I finished with clear lacquer. I just received the last of the wheels and finished the project. Soon they will be off to Talladega.
It looks like fun to me, I hope the kids will enjoy them even though there are no keypads or screens. Merry Christmas.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."





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EarlS

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#1 posted 12-02-2018 05:31 PM

Awesome!!!! This is what Christmas is truly about. Exceptionally well done!!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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PaulDoug

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#2 posted 12-02-2018 05:40 PM

Those will certainly be entertaining and cherished. Well done.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 12-02-2018 07:49 PM

what a great idea GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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peteg

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#4 posted 12-02-2018 08:29 PM

Those Kids are going to be over the moon Terry, fabulous mate
all the best to you n yours for the season
cheers
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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htl

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#5 posted 12-02-2018 10:28 PM

Nice project and way cute!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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Jason1974

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#6 posted 12-02-2018 10:53 PM

That’s is way cool, I remember having something like that when I was a kid. Great job!

-- Jason, Camden, NC -- MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE, THEN FORCE IT TO FIT.

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americancanuck

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#7 posted 12-03-2018 12:59 PM

Great is all I can say

-- Retired and lovin it

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crowie

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#8 posted 12-03-2018 08:40 PM

What a top way to cheer up the children, with a beautiful handmade wooden toy train…first class!

Christmas is a time for giving so very well done sir!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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majuvla

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#9 posted 12-04-2018 09:19 AM

Sogreat looking collection…makesyou wanna be a kid again.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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mcoyfrog

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#10 posted 12-04-2018 03:04 PM

Pretty kewl herd of animals, I dig them

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Brian Wohn

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#11 posted 12-06-2018 01:40 PM

You’ve been BUSY! ha Cool!

-- Brian, Pelham, AL

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