Toy Airplane

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Project by jjw5858 posted 08-24-2011 11:22 PM 1663 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think it’s important to keep woodworking fun. This for me is only a hobby as it is for many to releive the stresses of the modern day and enjoy the outdoors, so I thought what the hell…...let’s try a toy plane! I had no idea at all in how to do this than otherwise just start on it. I drew the main body on a cut 2×4 then used the coping saw to cut it out. Then I rasped my blues away contouring the main body down to even it out and round it. Then I cut and shaped wings from some thinner pine I had left over, rounded that off with a file. I adlibbed and created a cockpit section and even removed an area from the top main body for the piece to sink into and then glued.

The propellar was a blast to make…the entire project is stained pine, but I took some cut cherry wood from the back by the woods and drew and cut out a more realistic looking propellar. I filed, widdled, filed..etc until the desired shape then cut some dowel for the front cap. Mounted a screw and she spins!

Used srcrews underneath to mount all the wings…..but in taking a chance I actually made a little sliding mortice/rabbit joint fixture for the back top fin to slide in and glue to the main bodies tail end.

Forgive my lack of proper airplane anatomy

Just a fun attempt to learn more skills and thought I would share.

Thanks for looking in and be well.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 08-25-2011 02:32 AM

That looked like a lot of fun to build.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#2 posted 08-25-2011 02:52 AM

What I great plane. Forgive me if I don’t show it to my two boys – they’d each want one, and right now at that!

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#3 posted 08-25-2011 06:03 AM

What a great plane! I love the details in the pieces, very cool.

-- Dale, Oregon

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#4 posted 08-25-2011 04:27 PM

Very nice project, and if you had fun then you can not ask for much more than that. My great grandson’s
birthday is coming up, and since he just built his own rocking chair in my shop, just ask him if you do not
believe me, I needed an idea for a gift, with a couple of minor changes this will work just great. I also
like Roy Underhill, and use my workshop to keep myself out of trouble and off street corners, and to have

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 08-25-2011 08:47 PM

hi jj great fun build it looks great glad you are having fun


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