Mason Dixon Woodworkers Toy for 2011 Part 1

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Project by Karson posted 11-07-2011 09:32 PM 2630 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is three of the 11 or so toys that we are making this year. We make around 110 of each toy so that we have around 1200-1300 toys to give away.

Our toys are distributed to 25+ charities that they then give to disadvantaged children at Christmas time. Our toy giveaway day is the first Sat in December.

We are wrapping up the last toy now. I’m spraying the rocking Dino and have about 1/3 left to do. Hopefully this week will get them all finished.

I brought one home for the family to see and it has already disappeared.

The 4 car train was a project that we didn’t price out by actual labor hours. It took around 8 months to complete this toy. When you only work 1 day a week and you are painting all those parts. It takes a long time. We may not do this toy again.

The tow Truck was a toy that someone drove by our shop and left one of his son’s toys and asked if we might want to make them. We’ve had the sample for 2 years and finally got it built. It is made from Sapele and 2X4 and 4X4 lumber.

The 1920’s Reo is the second year that I made this toy. I made last years in my shop and planned to make 150 this year. Last year we gave some of these to our contributors (individuals and companies) So I planned to keep a few back for a future year thank you. I cut all of the wood for this car, but ran into time constraints to get them assembled. Another of our club members ask if he could do any Assembly, so I delivered all of the parts to his shop. Pete and a neighbor John did all of the drilling and the assembly. The fourth picture is his delivery process for about 2/3rds of the cars. They were made with Mahogany for the engine, Sapele for the frame, fenders and trunk. The radiator and the lid on the trunk was made with Teak. The seat was a combination of Mahogany and Sapele

The tow truck was also assembled by Pete and John

The jigs that were used to make the fenders were posted on Last year

I hope to post some of the rest of the toys in another posting.

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

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#1 posted 11-07-2011 09:40 PM

Santa Claus rides again…marvelous job…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 11-07-2011 09:41 PM

They all look great Karson. You are always so giving to make these toys every year.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 11-07-2011 09:42 PM

You are a truly awesome man, Karson.

Bless you,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 11-07-2011 09:45 PM

great work guys

and a kind and caring give-away
for needy children

way to go

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 11-07-2011 10:19 PM

as usual – the shear number of those is remarkable! love the details in the car, great work for a great cause.

Thank you!

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

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#6 posted 11-07-2011 10:30 PM

Well done Karson. A lot of kids will be happy this Christmas thanks to you and the “gang”

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#7 posted 11-07-2011 10:39 PM

Seeing these personally and assembling just a few, I’m starting to think of them as more in the category of “collectibles” than toys. Don’t underestimate the work that goes into them… they can be tediously time consuming… especially to produce in large numbers. But, in the end, the reward makes it all worthwhile.

And on behalf of Pete and John, without the jigs Karson provided, the classic Reo antique car would not have been completed… it really has lots of holes to be drilled and parts to assemble that line up with those holes… trying to clamp a glue up was awkward at best.

Nice work, Karson… Pete and John.

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

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#8 posted 11-07-2011 11:15 PM

Blessed are the hands that help others.
Well Done brother Karson,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#9 posted 11-07-2011 11:19 PM

what a wonderful thing to always be doing karson, ive loved this ever since i heard of it when you first showed these, a great toy for children to get…way to go, they look great…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 11-07-2011 11:22 PM

Wonderful work Karson!

... for a great cause!

... The kids will be VERY HAPPY!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 11-07-2011 11:36 PM

You are a good fella Karson.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 11-08-2011 12:18 AM

Great Job, Karson. I know the kids are looking forward to a visit from “Santa”.

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

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#13 posted 11-08-2011 12:53 AM

i love it…the kids will love them!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 11-08-2011 02:20 AM

My favorite elf posse. Fantastic work as always, Karson.
I imagine the sapele was from your big find a few years back. It’s a great timber for every use, IMHO.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#15 posted 11-08-2011 02:43 AM

way to go Santa Karson, way to go

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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