|Review by MsDebbieP||posted 1481 days ago||1400 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
(this review was first posted in October 2009 eMag)
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ wooden toy to play with? Norm Marshall’s book, Great Book of Wooden Toys, provides a variety of plans for a number of vehicles for the air, land, and sea. Also included in the projects are some cute little animals that can be linked together.
What I especially enjoyed with this book is the extensive amount of information in the Preface regarding wood selection, safety issue (for the children who will be enjoying these toys) and some basic “how to” information that is used for the projects. Being a relative beginner at woodworking I also appreciate the options that are provided throughout the pages. For example, he suggests that you can use his hole-saw process for making the wheels or you can cut them out freehand, use a lathe or even purchase them ready made. How’s that for covering all the bases! This same “options” input is provided for a number of topics, including wood selection and finishes. Love it.
Each of the projects comes with a picture of the finished toy, a little information about the vehicle, an exploded view of the components of the toy, as well as detailed plans for each of the parts.The step-by-step directions are quite detailed, giving tidbits of information, warnings, and strategies to prevent problems. It’s nice to learn from experience but sometimes it is even better to learn from someone else’s!
Due to my current schedule I wasn’t able to make one of the projects this month but it’s on my “to do list”. The Model T car is calling my name. I can’t wait to add my version to those currently shared at LumberJocks.com.
My Ratings of The Book
Layout and Appearance: Good balance of pictures, diagrams, and words. Thumbs Up!
Instructions: Easy to follow; precise plans. Thumbs Up!
Project Selection: Air, land, sea; single items and toys that link together. Great combination. Thumbs Up!
Overall: Thumbs Up!
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)