Toy Airplane #1

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Project by RandyMorter posted 01-15-2011 12:43 AM 1799 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my first toy airplane project, started on 12/18/2010 and finished on 12/21/2010.
I’m making this for our grandson in the making, Owen.
I got the idea for this from a woodworking magazine (Woodworker’s Journal, December 2010) and thought it’d be cool to try to make one. It’s not completely their design – but I did get the idea for the pilot with a magnet from the magazine.
I finished this just in time for my wife to take up to Oregon. The finish isn’t great but I wanted to get it on the plane with her (in case she needed a spare plane).
The body is a 2×4 cut with a hand held jig saw and (per the magazine article) it was slimmed down by running it part way through my jointer.
The main wing was ripped from a 2×4 also, with the blade at a 5 degree angle to add some shape.
I chisled the notches for the two tail pieces. I made (what I think you’d call) a blind cut at the back of the body using my table saw for the tail to slip into. That’s why the bottom of the vertical piece is somewhat rounded.
I routed the propeller on opposite sides to create a propeller looking shape.
The little dude and tires and pegs came from Hobby Lobby or Joan Fabrics.
I painted the pilot myself when my wife asked me if that was the way he was going to look. I got some small plastic eyes to stick on him too. I also painted the windshield.
I stained the tires and some of the pegs then coated with polyurethane.

What I learned from this project:
1. I really need a drill press. Even though I did a center punch where I wanted the holes, they still wandered due to the wood grain. The spade bit I used for the cockpit did NOT create a nice hole using a hand held drill.
2. I really wished I’d had a bandsaw to cut the body (now I’ve got one and now I’m working on another toy plane).
3. Once again, my kids really like it and think the new grandson will, and that is very rewarding! But, I wish I’d used a food safe finish since it’s for a youngster. Now they’ll have to have it just as something to look at, at least until he’s a bit older and won’t chew on it.

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 02:36 AM

Very cool toy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 09:43 AM

Thanks Ken!

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 04:44 PM

Very nice, I have a ton of drawings for airplanes. Just need the time to get into the shop.

-- Ray

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 11:56 PM

Ray – did you do them yourself? I’m working on a drawing for a Boeing Stearman but it’s taking forever to draw up using sketchup.

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#5 posted 04-28-2013 12:52 PM

Nice job.

-- Leonard H.

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