Toys from scraps

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Project by Randy Sharp posted 05-08-2008 09:17 PM 2334 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When the pine-scrap box gets full, take a day and build a few simple toys. The “cart-o-blocks” is the hands-down favorite. I always have a few of these toys around as gifts to children in the neighborhood, or one-year-olds at work and church.

The “lincoln logs” are a toughie project, but you can crank out about eight of the cart-o-blocks on a Saturday (painting is several cans of Rustoleum’s glossy).

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#1 posted 05-08-2008 09:34 PM

Nice. Is pine strong enough for blocks? I was sort of going back and forth on that issue.

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Randy Sharp

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#2 posted 05-08-2008 09:42 PM

Pine is perfect! I slightly round over the side edges, then cut to length. I tumble the pieces in a 5-gal. bucket to knock of the splinters and rough edges from cross-cutting (My wife won’t let me use her clothes dryer, the perfect solution). Works great! The bottom is 1/4 plywood over three center braces made of oak. The pine wheels screw into them. It’s strong enough for a toddler to be pulled around on.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#3 posted 05-08-2008 09:59 PM

Pine’s possibly the perfect wood for kids toys – no kid, no matter how rough, can beat up wood that much. And if they can? It’s pine. Toss it and build another.

Only thing to worry about, especially young kids (under 3 group) is non-toxic paint, and painting the pieces so they don’t chip.

Great project, Randy.

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#4 posted 05-08-2008 10:53 PM

Now this is a project that any young child would love to play with!!

Very nice.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 05-14-2008 12:58 AM

Love your toys. I am sure they make many children very happy. Thanks for posting.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 05-16-2009 03:08 AM

Great project Randy! What kind of paint did you use?

-- Jeremy, Rochester, NY

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 03:14 AM

Looks good

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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