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Project by RusticJohn posted 12-09-2012 08:45 AM 1738 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I belong to a woodworking club called The Guild of Woodworkers, Wellington, Inc. We have about 100 members and each year as many as possible make toys for the Salvation Army to give to needy Kids for Christmas. The Guys work really hard and produce a great range of toys for both boys and girls.

The photos show my small contribution. I was pleased with the Grader as it was easy to make and looks good. All the wood was recycled from other toys my adult Children and little Grand Children no longer want. Even the nails were recycled.

-- RusticJohn





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#1 posted 12-09-2012 10:17 AM

Good project, good cause

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-09-2012 11:11 AM

what sort of plywood are you using for the wheels and cab pieces? I just started making wooden cars & trucks; seeing what you can do here is feeding my newfound addiction to making these things. heh.

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#3 posted 12-09-2012 12:36 PM

Look good, makes you feel good doesn’t it. I like your grader, mind if I copy it?

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 12-09-2012 12:50 PM

Nice little assortment of machinery! That grader sure is cute!
These should put a big smile on a childs face!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 12-09-2012 04:16 PM

Well done… I like you toys.

I am the membership chairman of the Mason-Dixon Woodworkers on the Delmarva peninsula. We make 1,200 wood toys each year for kids in need. Generally, a hundred copies of a dozen different toys and we rotate the toys from year to year to help prevent redundancy.

We provide the toys to social and religious organizations who have families that need help. They in turn distribute to families.

We have 50 members… some make toys in their own shop and several use a shop donated by one of our members for the toy making program. It is a lot of work as you well know. Fund raising is always an issue.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 12-09-2012 04:21 PM

Great toys for a lifetime of memories! Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 12-09-2012 05:43 PM

They for sure will bring many smiles of joys to the little ones who get them, super nice thing your group is doing

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#8 posted 12-09-2012 06:40 PM

These are super cool toys for a great cause. As I’m sure most of you know, the Salvatioin Army has one of the lowest admimistrative costs of all civic/charitable organizations—the money you give goes to the cause and not million dollar executive salaries like the Red Cross and many other similiar causes. Thanks for the post and reinforcing the reason for the season!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 12-09-2012 09:11 PM

Thank you for the kind comments. Please feel free to make any of the designs. I was influenced by others so can’t claim them to be original. I just used standard non treated plywood that I happened to have lying around. Some of it came from a local Museum as surplus from crates used to transport art works. I realised after I made the grader it should have had 4 wheels at the back.

-- RusticJohn

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#10 posted 12-10-2012 02:12 PM

Great looking toys and a wonderful cause. Thanks

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#11 posted 12-14-2012 02:58 PM

Well done RusticJohn. Good cause and good job. I echo the comments of those above.

-- DonB

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#12 posted 02-03-2013 08:45 AM

G’Day John,
What a credit to you and your fellow guild woodworkers.
The toys are simple, strong and great design, very ready for hours of fun and play..
Top effort, well done.
Cheers, crowie

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

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#13 posted 03-20-2013 05:54 PM

Love them and would like to know where you got the plans from

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#14 posted 03-22-2013 09:37 PM

I didn’t have any plans, just made them up as I went along.

-- RusticJohn

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