Wooden toys -- and my inspiration

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Project by Todd Sauer posted 03-26-2014 10:29 PM 1427 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These little guys are small toys I have made for a few years, primarily for young nieces and nephews as they grew old enough for them. They are simple, safe and sturdy (except the helicopter blade, which I should redesign). They don’t represent amazing craftsmanship, but my hope is that they are played with and enjoyed rather than simply looked at.

The more important part of these toys to me is that the small truck which was given to me by my grandfather went a long way towards inspiring me to work with wood. It was through him that I learned to impart love into the workmanship and passion into whatever it is I make. He designed the small truck and the airplane, and I did the helicopter and tugboat in what I think is a similar style. He passed away several years ago, but I like to think he helps to guide my hand and mind when it comes to woodworking.

Sappy? Maybe, but he taught me a lifelong hobby, so here’s to him!


-- --Sauerkins; Duluth, MN

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#1 posted 03-27-2014 06:03 AM

Well done!!! Your toys are very nice and simple and i’m sure they bring lots of joy to the little fellas.

-- Dave -

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#2 posted 03-27-2014 10:29 AM

Many hours of creative play here.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 03-27-2014 10:47 AM

The simplicity of your designs is perfect for the intended user. Outstanding.

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

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#4 posted 03-27-2014 12:33 PM

Very nice.
Do you find the wooden pegs/dowels or screws (or whatever metal things you used) work better for axles?

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#5 posted 03-27-2014 02:20 PM

So cool, and a wonderful story.

-- - A daddy that loves playing with his kiddies and his tools!

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#6 posted 03-27-2014 03:34 PM

Eric—I used the screws as much for aesthetics as anything else (I thought they’d give a hubcap look), but it turns out they’re easier on the whole. They’re adjustable if a wheel isn’t turning properly, but they also loosen up through playing with them. I did put a dab of glue in, but the metal didn’t adhere very well with it. I prefer using dowels (like in the plane and helicopter), especially for toys for small kids. I wouldn’t want a screw to come out and end up in a mouth.

-- --Sauerkins; Duluth, MN

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#7 posted 03-27-2014 06:16 PM

A nice throwback to a simpler time where the real joy of playtime was your imagination.

My mom was raised on a farm and tells how she would spend hours “fishing” sitting by the roadside ditch with a stick.

Nice story too….

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I see you’re from Duluth, did you get out to the Apostle Islands this winter…. I hear they made quite the ice castle.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#8 posted 04-01-2014 04:07 PM

Awesome and sturdy looking toys! Cool design, kids will have a blast playing with them. Great job!

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#9 posted 06-14-2014 10:23 AM

G’Day Todd, You will surely be the favourite uncle making sure beaut wooden toys….

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

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#10 posted 04-16-2015 07:05 AM

Very nice,Your toys are very good and simple.

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