|Project by maxomatic||posted 08-23-2012 01:03 PM||1504 views||7 times favorited||9 comments|
These are a couple of toys that I made in the last few months, in between other projects. I used plans from Les Neufeld’s two books, “Tremendous Toy Trucks” and “Making Toys That Teach.” They were both lots of fun to make. I’ll certainly be doing a few more things from each book. Great books, I highly recommend them for anyone wanting to make toys.
I used mostly cutoffs and scrap wood. It’s all maple, cherry, and walnut. As I don’t own a lathe, I had to buy most of the round parts. I got the first batch of wheels from Rockler, but when I went to buy enough 1-inch wheels for 3 train cars, plus the axels, Rockler wanted nearly $50. I wasn’t about to do that. I found a bag of 48 wheels plus the axels on eBay for $12. I also found a big bag of random round bits and pieces at a basket store in VT. The tank on the train is half of an old rolling pin that I painted red (at my son’s request). Again, Rockler was charging an unreasonable amount of money for a 2.5-inch dowel.
With the exception of the red paint, the only finish on them is “3-Year-Old Hand Oil.” It’s not very durable and it’s splotchy, but it couldn’t be any easier to apply. ;)
-- I cut it three times and it's STILL too short!