Christmas toys

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Project by SawdustSeamhead posted 01-08-2013 04:10 AM 1477 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 05:43 AM

Very nice toys….I made a few pull toys for our 1 year old Grandson and I guess he is a bit young for my style of building because he broke it right away…my daughter said “Dad, you are aware he is a boy aren’t you” ...I can see your little one is a bit older and really like his gifts. What website did you find the patterns?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 06:05 AM

Wow…wonderful toys! Excellent job! Thank you…

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 06:07 AM

Child’s smille is priceless and best reward for your work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-08-2013 11:54 AM


-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 01-08-2013 03:27 PM

What great looking toys they are! Impressive work as a beginner. Surely will be enjoyed and cherished for many years.


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#6 posted 01-08-2013 07:57 PM

I love the details and your craftsmanship! Those drive me off!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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