|Project by SawdustSeamhead||posted 01-08-2013 04:10 AM||1275 views||6 times favorited||6 comments|
After cruising around the web, I stumbled across a website with an advertisement that had a stunning model wooden tractor. I was blown away by the craftsmanship and detail, so I then spent a considerable amount of time drooling and admiring all of the various plans and kits available at Toys and Joys. I was like a kid in the candy shop trying really hard to NOT let myself buy up one of each plan/kit. But, being a beginner, I thought I would start with these three plans, which looked to be more my speed. So for Christmas, I made these four toys for our two sons and two nephews. A couple of car haulers, the fire truck, and the heavy duty crane, all from Toys and Joys.
Mostly, I just used poplar. The semi trucks are made from WR cedar, cars were simple pieces of pine 2×4, and the heavy duty crane is made from hard maple. The crane was easily my favorite – I spent a couple of hours “testing” that crane out just to make sure it was fully functional! :-) Kudos to Toys and Joys for their detailed plans and excellent kits. I used a salad bowl finish just in case the kiddos felt like gnawing on them, although I think we are past that point… It was a fun Christmas and was rewarding to watch them enjoy these “low-tech” gifts.
-- Jarred K.