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Project by maxomatic posted 08-23-2012 01:03 PM 1948 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

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#1 posted 08-23-2012 01:28 PM

Hello Max,

Great looking toys. I too love Tremendous Toy Trucks. I have built the Monster truck and the Log truck with lowboy trailer. In the future may I suggest this website for your toy parts. They have great prices on parts and shipping and they ship very fast. I only live a couple of hours away from them so I usually get my stuff in 1 day.

Looks like your little one is really enjoying them and that is the most important thing.



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#2 posted 08-23-2012 01:36 PM

Thanks Bret, that’s a great source! I appreciate it. I just looked back at your monster truck post, and as you can see from my comment then, it inspired me to get the book. So thanks for that too…

-- I cut it three times and it's STILL too short!

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#3 posted 08-23-2012 03:54 PM

I just love the look of Imagination that is going on in your son’s eyes! I cant wait to build my first set of wooden toys.

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#4 posted 08-23-2012 04:14 PM

Hello Max,

Sorry about that. I put my foot in my mouth. No offense takin I hope. Have a good day!


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#5 posted 08-23-2012 04:20 PM

Really awesome toys. My uncle once built an entire set of these toys and these sure do bring back those memories… Maybe I will have to attempt some for my nephew. :)

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#6 posted 08-23-2012 07:32 PM

Nice to see kids with wooden toys again, instead of plastic ones . . . The walnut truck looks great !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#7 posted 08-24-2012 12:53 AM

That’s pretty cool. I hope he likes them.

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#8 posted 08-24-2012 01:00 AM

Those are great toys! And your customer looks very well pleased. I have made wheels with a hole saw (can’t get any easier than that).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 08-24-2012 05:12 PM

I really like the way you made those toys, but the loving look on the the little guys face says it all.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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