Toys for Christmas

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Project by rilanda posted 07-27-2012 04:16 PM 1080 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you are going to give toys to the children at Christmas now is the time to start to think about what to make, this post and the next two or three will be ideas for toys you can make. Most of these toys are made from MDF to avoid the possibility of splinters in tiny hands. The Toys were made robust to avoid breakage in use (not always successful), no metal fixings (screws or nails) were used in any of the construction, wood dowels of varying sizes and PVA glue being the only fixings. Wheels were hand made on the lathe and these were hardwood (Beech) axles were made from dowel usually 10mm diameter and these were hardwood. The paint used was all child safe paint for all applications primer, undercoat and gloss, the last coat was a spray applied child safe acrylic lacquer, all coats were rubbed down with a fine paper before the next coat was applied. MDF is particularly difficult to paint on the edge; I found that 2 coats of acrylic primer usually gave the best results. Many of these toys were made for my Grandson when he was 2 – 3 years old: he is 20 next and attending university so these photos are 17 years old.The Dolls house was made for a niece when she was about six, she is now married and until a couple of years ago played hockey for England. I apologies for the quality of these photos but they were taken using the old film technology when you didn’t know what you had taken until 2 weeks later. None of the instant view stuff like today’s digital cameras, how much easier they are. Somewhere in my archives I do have drawings for some of these (I think) but these were before I started to use a Cad program and they were drawn the old fashioned way using drawing board, Tee square, set square and pencil, memories of a lost art!
Photo 1: 3 Little ducks pull along and a duck push along. Photo 2: push along train and a Tractor. Photo 3: Dolls house. 4: Push along duck, small wooden bi-plane, and a crane (more about this later)
Most of these toys are very simple to make but I know from my grandson they brought hours of fun and pleasure, but the pleasure it gave me just to watch the kids playing with these toys were absolutely priceless.
Most of the Decals were hand made, lettering was rub down letters, the face on the engine was dome by hand with a permanent black marker sprayed over after with a clear acrylic lacquer that was child safe

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#1 posted 07-27-2012 05:04 PM

Nice work, seems i’m behind as I haven’t thought about X-mas yet Darn!

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

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#2 posted 07-27-2012 05:41 PM

I am so glad someone still makes these wonderful wooden toys. Kids imaginations can take the mother and baby duckies on quite a journey. These all make me smile – and will undoubtedly make the recipients smile also. Thanks for the reminder. I have a niece who could use something fun and handmade.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 07-27-2012 06:29 PM

Its the simple toys that are the best. I hate the electronic stuff we give our kids these days.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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