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Project by BTKS posted 02-13-2011 06:06 AM 1571 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter is having her fourth birthday tomorrow. She was showing me the gift bag her sister made her and asked if I would MAKE her something for her birthday. Well, what’s a Dad to do? I told her I was making her book shelf in the shop right now. She was excited about her book shelf but made it specific she wanted me to make her a TOY!! Her and her sister had a couple of crude wooden airplanes that were chewed up by the pup. So I replaced them with a quick little project of some left over oak. I got to play with some hand tools and made the project a lesson too. I wound up having to make a jig to cut the taper on the wings and leave the intersecting area of the fuselage flat. Just a quick pair of plains, no finish or real detail. Their imaginations can fill in the gaps.
Now the girls can go out in the yard and have dog fights instead of cat fights inside.
My appologies, the pictures are rather poor.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)





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clieb91

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#1 posted 02-13-2011 06:13 AM

Man I love it when my daughter says that to me. Nice job on these, I like the way you tapered them down. Would be interested in seeing the jig you used.

Happy Birthday to your daughter, mine is 4 now and such a blast to have around. :)

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Ryan Bruzan

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#2 posted 02-13-2011 06:27 AM

I just made my son an ammo box for his Nerf Darts today. He sat and watched as I instructed him to design it on a computer program, like SketchUp, so that he would minimize miscuts and ensure that the finished project was exactly like he drafted it. Nothing fancy to me, but it was everything to him. He likes to mess with the Lego software online. It feels good to know that 3-dimensional creations peak his interest. Nice gliders! I can actually feel the character of the toys; nothing wrong with the pictures at all. :)

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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Eagle1

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#3 posted 02-13-2011 10:44 AM

Nice toys. Thanks for the post. It’s been to long since I had a child that age.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Bluepine38

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#4 posted 02-13-2011 07:45 PM

Great airplanes, and a good way to get their imagination going, with few more gifts like these, you might
even wind up with a couple of very nice helpers in the shop.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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BTKS

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 04:44 AM

clieb91, here is the crude little jig I used to taper the wings without cutting out the center rib.


This would have been easier on the bandsaw, except for getting the thickness of the taper exactly the same. On the jig, I moved the wedge from one side to the other and left the middle wedge in place to support the middle of the wing.
Thanks for looking, the girls are enjoying the toys.
BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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clieb91

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#6 posted 02-14-2011 04:53 AM

Thanks for posting a look at the jig. May have to gve an airplane a try.

Glad to hear they are having fun with the.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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jack1

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#7 posted 02-14-2011 05:42 AM

Reminds me of a friend and I when we were 6 or 7. We used to go to an old cabinet shop up the street and get scraps, nail em together, paint them with a US star or British bullseye and try to sell them for a dime or a nickle! Great fun! Now you need to get the kids to make their own… ;0)

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

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BTKS

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#8 posted 02-15-2011 05:14 AM

jack1, I’ll give them making their own a try very soon. When I see some interest from either one of them. Just like my dad and grandfather started me, with hand tools. Good to hear from you!
BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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jack1

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#9 posted 02-16-2011 04:41 AM

;o) do it…

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

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