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Project by prez posted 12-05-2013 05:14 PM 1269 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got this idea from fellow LJ’s….make wooden toys for needy kids!

I got a late start on these but at least there should be 12 happy kids out there. Really enjoyed designing and building the toys. There will be more next year, as I will be using up most of my scraps to make more toys. I’ll have to see if I can get a few more woodworkers in the neighbourhood to join the party so that next Christmas, there could be 50 happy kids!

The only thing I had to buy were dowels and wheels…cost….priceless!!

prez

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"





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BigJerryWayne

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#1 posted 12-05-2013 05:34 PM

Those are great. I am making some like that for stocking stuffers for my grandsons and nephews. I saw this on the news the other day.

http://www.kait8.com/story/24089813/woodworker-gives-back-by-donating-handmade-toys-to-needy-children

-- An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

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#2 posted 12-05-2013 08:28 PM

Great project! Those will be some happy kids! I’m interested in making some similar small toys for the kids in my family. I am a router novice at best, and am curious how you applied the roundovers to these. Did you use a roundover bit on the router table? Seems like it would work well but you may end up with your hands really close to the bit at times. Any insight would be much appreciated.

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mariva57

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 08:33 PM

Beautiful toys, noble action.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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prez

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#4 posted 12-05-2013 09:35 PM

Yes, 10galhat…...fingers do get pretty close so that is why you MUST ALWAYS pay close attention to what you’re doing!! and wear gloves….I find that really helps. And yes, I use the roundover bit on my router…..works pretty slick.

The toys look a lot nicer now that I’ve put on some mineral oil….not so blah and more ho-ho-ho…

prez

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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RusticJohn

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#5 posted 12-05-2013 10:44 PM

Good on you mate.

-- RusticJohn

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tkroupa

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#6 posted 12-06-2013 12:30 AM

Great idea, I am making some dolls beds off my dad’s design he made for all the grand daughters. I posted that earlier this year. Hope to get at least 10 done this year.

Could you imagine if only a small percentage of the over 80,000 lumberjocks out there all over the world just made one or two simple toys a month how many kids could get a nice home made toy for Christmas. Like you did, and I did with the doll beds they are made from scrap just hanging around the shop. I know I have seen other posts about making toys for kids too. What a great group of woodworkers out there.

My two cents worth.

-- Tim, Meridian, Idaho https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kroupa-Kustum-Idaho-Wood-Krafts/1429234470652972

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crowie

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#7 posted 12-06-2013 04:13 AM

G’Day “prez”,
Ten out of 10 for such a fine effort; the Spirit of Christmas is alive and well, with a gift that keeps on giving….

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

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ChrisK

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#8 posted 12-06-2013 10:29 AM

Nice work, I am sure you will get 50 toys next year.

-- Chris K

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BanjoChris

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#9 posted 12-06-2013 12:10 PM

Very nice!!!

I know there will be some very happy kids come Christmas morning.

Thanks for sharing.

Chris

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hoosier0311

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#10 posted 12-06-2013 04:56 PM

Good on ya Prez, very nice project. Nice to see folks remember those less fortunate.

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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Fishinbo

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#11 posted 12-10-2013 03:54 PM

Cool wooden toy cars, great use of scraps and greater meaning of the spirit of Christmas. A lot of kids will be happy to get one.

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