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Blog entry by superdad posted 11-23-2009 07:33 PM 796 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine has a little boy who was turning 3 over the weekend. I got it in my head to make something fun for him for his birthday. Mainly because with the holidays here I didn’t really have the cash to buy him anything and a homemade present is always more fun. I subscribe to The scrollsaw workshop blog by Steve Good and he had a fun little pattern for a truck and a car made from construction lumber, so I figured I’d try it out.

It took about a week for me to make in my spare time(which was very sparse last week). I used a 2×4 for the bodies of the truck and car and some ripped down pine to make the wheels and accent pieces. All in all it was a fairly easy project. I got my wife to help me paint it and I varnished it myself with two coats in the wee hours of the morning when I got home from work. Here’s a picture of it.

SG truck

So a friend of mine saw what I was doing and liked the idea. I showed him a few more car and truck patterns that I had found on the internet and a book of patterns that I bought at a wood show. He thought “We could make these and sell them.” So that’s the idea that we got in our heads.

In our city we have a farmer’s market every Saturday through the summer. It showcases all kinds of different things as well as local artists and crafts people. My neighbour is a wood sculptor and a member of the arts council. So he has a booth set up there in the summer trying to sell some of his work. He offered us a spot with him for the summer to try our hand at this. That gives us all winter to make some inventory. I really think this could work and if nothing else it gives me a chance to hang out with my best friend in my workshop making toys. What could be better. If we don’t sell any we can donate them to a toy drive next christmas and making everything out of construction grade lumber will mean we’re not really out that much money. It should be fun.

-- Another one of Santa's elves, only taller.



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Don Newton

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#1 posted 11-23-2009 07:52 PM

Nice toy, great colors! I guess you could attach a rope to the front and make it a pull toy.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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rustfever

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#2 posted 11-23-2009 08:05 PM

Years ago I made my boys a few trucks and cars. Neighbors, and even a teacher, complimented my work. the teacher need some for her youngest student and sent my a purchase order from the school district. Several more teachers also had me make some of these very durable toys. Before long, I was receiving orders.

I sold them [1974] for $8.50 to $12.00 each. They went out as fast as I could make them.

I made a gross of such toys before just saying “Stop”

Use the farmers Mkt. You might be pleasantly suprised, as was I

Yours look at least as good as my best ever looked.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 01:07 AM

Sounds like a great idea – have some fun, maybe make some money and if not make some kids really happy

Good job

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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ND2ELK

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 03:59 AM

A very special gift and a special time with a friend. It does not get any better than that! Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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superdad

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 09:24 AM

When I made this truck and car I learned a lot. Especially about varnishing. So hopefully the next one will be even better. Thanks for the support everyone. I will try and keep this blog updated to let you know how everything works out.

-- Another one of Santa's elves, only taller.

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