Animal Train #1: Getting Started

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Blog entry by Alan posted 04-11-2008 12:38 AM 713 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought it would be fun to make some toys. I had everything but a band saw so I picked up the bottom-of-the-line Delta Shopmaster to learn on. So far, a lot of fun and I made a rough prototype from some plans from a book I bought.


My son instantly claimed it as his own, so a good sign. Now I am at this stage of the Circus:

Ready to add wheels and finish

I need to sand these and the wheels and put them together. Still undecided on finish, leave them plain or a salad bowl finish or paint them. I may have to make a few trains and try stuff out.

Based on this idea I think I will create a dinosaur train next.

I really like the community here and just scrolling through the project pages gives me a bunch of ideas of what to do next.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-11-2008 01:25 AM

Hi Alan,

This are cute projects. I have no doubt that they would be popular with younger children. The dinosaur train will probably be a more exciting project given their enthusiasm with dinosaurs.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-11-2008 02:10 AM

I have a new niece that is going to love getting one of these for Christmas next year.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#3 posted 04-11-2008 02:28 AM

Great idea. I really need to make a few toy things for Christmas this year.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#4 posted 04-11-2008 07:39 AM

Quite idea. loking forward to seeing them finished. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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