Barney Olefield Speedster

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Project by Ron Messersmith posted 02-24-2012 05:49 PM 1273 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This toy is a great toy because it is so solid. I started making it about 25 years ago. I foiund a set of plans from a woodworking magazine (I don’t remember which). I attribute the design to a toy designer, John Lewman. I think he lives in Oregon, just south of Portland. I made of few minor design changes such as the wheels. This particular toy is made out of curly koa.

-- Jupiter

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 06:28 PM

I was going to say making all of these items are not child’s play, but I guess that’s what their for. A fun speedster.
I wonder if any of the younger set knows who Barney Olefield is with out googling it? :))

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#2 posted 02-25-2012 04:30 AM

NICE !!!
What is the top speed ?


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 02-25-2012 07:16 PM

Ron, you have a variety of skills, this toy is also nice

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 02-22-2013 10:41 AM

G’day Ron, What a great looking car..
Do you please remember the woodworking magazine where you got the plans as it looks very much worthwhile tracking down, thank you.
Cheers, crowie

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

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#5 posted 02-23-2013 07:01 AM

Hi Crowie,

I initially found these plans as a blueprint. I can’t remember where. However, I mentioned the designer, John Lewis and he e-mailed me later. He is a toy designer living in Crescent City, Oregon (I think). He told me he sold the plans for this car to the Mitzell catelog company. I may be mispelling the name.

Good Luck


-- Jupiter

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