Christmas Sailboat toys 2013

  • Advertise with us
Project by Roz posted 12-16-2013 03:41 PM 1710 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Each year I find my imagination and talents taxed to come up with new Christmas toy ideas for our nephews living nearby. This year decided to attempt to make some wooden sail boat toys. These guys have a pond in their back yard and a pool as well, both of which prove an irresistible temptation that often leads to a paddling. So, I thought if I can help to encourage bad behavior, then why not. Knowing nothing about this I called on you lunberjocks for advice and a few of you had guidance that helped me get started. The pink one is going to a niece in Nevada. I discovered quickly that they are called pond yachts and it is a big hobby all around the world.

There was a big learning curve on this largely trial and error project. For the hull and keel I eventually landed on a process that started with a section of Fir 2X4 about 13 inches long. I then traced the rough shape of the boat and keel location on the Fir block. I took the block to the drill press and hollowed it out. On the table saw I cut a 1/8th inch wide and deep channel in the bottom which would receive a 1/8th inch slice of pressure treated pine pulled from the scrap bin and use as keel boards.

At the band saw I removed wood to create the rough shape of the hull, finishing the shaping by sanding. I added a lead fishing weight to the keel to keep the boat upright and attached it to the hull in the dado cut earlier.
The top was sealed with a 1/8th pine plate cut from scrap. Blocks were added to the top for a cabin and back to the press for the insertion of the mast.

I sowed sails from Nylon material and attached them with 40 lb. test braided line to the rigging made of White Oak dowel and brass cup hooks. Paint and sanding finished the job.

The stands were made from scrap bin lumber. Small pieces of Walnut, oak and other wood toy parts left from previous Christmas projects. It was a fun project and produced a rugged toy that should last several seasons. Thanks for looking and have a Very Merry Christmas!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

10 comments so far

View doubleDD's profile


8036 posts in 2277 days

#1 posted 12-16-2013 04:11 PM

Terry these are great. A toy you can play with in the water? Doesn’t get much better than that. Nice job on the sails. The kids will love them. Super job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

View stefang's profile


16208 posts in 3568 days

#2 posted 12-16-2013 08:11 PM

Nice work Terry. The kids are sure to love these.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View hunter71's profile


3314 posts in 3420 days

#3 posted 12-17-2013 11:19 AM

Good job uncle, they will sail away for sure. I see sail boat races in the future.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

View BanjoChris's profile


104 posts in 1917 days

#4 posted 12-17-2013 12:52 PM

Very nice!!!

Thanks for sharing!


View jack1's profile


2117 posts in 4261 days

#5 posted 12-17-2013 08:04 PM

These are very neat and colorful. What’s not to like?


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

View Roz's profile


1707 posts in 4020 days

#6 posted 12-17-2013 10:19 PM

Thanks fellows! It was fun. I have been so busy I forgot I had posted this. Thanks again.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

View Fishinbo's profile


11362 posts in 2409 days

#7 posted 12-19-2013 05:55 PM

They look great and fun. Great design, like the colors and the sails. I’m sure the kids will love them. Great job!

View HillbillyShooter's profile


5811 posts in 2526 days

#8 posted 12-19-2013 05:56 PM

Great looking toys! All will no doubt bring big smiles to younger faces! Merry Christmas.

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

View Roz's profile


1707 posts in 4020 days

#9 posted 12-19-2013 07:06 PM

Thanks guys, I am glad you like them.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

View crowie's profile


2808 posts in 2185 days

#10 posted 12-21-2013 11:34 AM

They are some top looking sail boats you’ve built….a lot of time and effort as one into them.
Very clever making the same gift for a number of arguments…well done..

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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics