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helluvawreck

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09-22-2010 02:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dremel lathe scroll saw toys crafts

I work about 50 hours a week and so usually the only shop time that I put in is the weekends. I’m 60 years old and after 10 hours at work I’m usually too tired to go into the shop and work. I usually go and sit on the patio and unwind. However, I really don’t want to waste time. I would like to get interested and motivated with something that doesn’t require a big commitment of energy and concentration. I use to like to make toys – it might be something like that, but not necessarily. In addition to my bigger stuff, I have access to a scroll saw, dremel tool, and small lathe. What I want to know is do you know of some good websites where they show a lot of pictures of toys, crafts, etc. that might motivate me into getting into making things in my weekday evenings. I wood continue to do my general woodworking on the weekends.

Where are pictures that show what you can do with drill press, dremel, scrollsaw, lathe, and bandsaw – combined? Small things – maybe toys, crafts – not sure but really neat things. Where are pictures?

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau


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mainerustic

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#1 posted 09-22-2010 02:42 PM

Hi There,

Making wooden toys is a great way to stay in the game and it’s a lot of fun to do. Here’s a link to a site that I think you’ll find interesting and very informative.

http://re.trotoys.com/article/wooden-toys-resources/

- enjoy

-- Maine Rustic

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mafe

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#2 posted 09-22-2010 02:43 PM

helluvawreck,
I think you should accept your tiredness, it’s wonderful that your body send you this signal.
So find a stick, go to your patio, bring your pocket knife, and if something comes out of it it’s fine – if not you spend a good time on you, perhaps even with some wonderful thoughts.
Best of thoughts full of love,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mainerustic

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#3 posted 09-22-2010 02:48 PM

Wow, I think that’s a way better suggestion than mine! I agree with mafe, just play with the wood and have fun, that’s the name of the game.

-- Maine Rustic

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docholladay

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#4 posted 09-22-2010 02:52 PM

I was going to suggest something similar to what Mads has. Your sitting on the porch already. Why not try whittling or carving. I remember my grandfather and his friends would all gather in the afternoons in the small town that I grew up in. They would sit and talk and solve all of the worlds problems. (They probably actually could have, just no one had enough smarts to listen) Anyway, someone would almost always pull out a pocket knife and a block of would or maybe even a stick they picked up off of the ground and then whittle up something. I remember a gentleman gave me a little wooden bird that he whittled. I enjoy the lathe too. I like to take a scrap of wood and put it on the lathe and just practice making certain types of cuts. I’m going to master that darned skew chisel one day. Another thing I do to unwind is just simply to go down into the shop, put some music on to play and then just look around until an idea comes to mind. Most often it is a new idea for how to organize something or a new jig that I would like to make to help with a common task.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#5 posted 09-22-2010 03:26 PM

scrollsaw-magazine-has-toy-patterns.Your-local-bookstore-ie..barnes-and-noble-or-borders-have-lots-of-books-with-patterns.too

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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Gregn

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#6 posted 09-22-2010 03:53 PM

Don’t know if this is what you had in mind for toys but heres a couple of sites with pics.
http://www.plantoysusa.com/catalog/catalog_show.php?id=&show_all=true
www.toysandjoys.co
http://www.woodentoyplans.com/

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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rivergirl

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#7 posted 09-22-2010 04:43 PM

Helluva- after finding the old Dremel in the garage the other day- and after seeing that people carve with Dremel- I went yesterday and bought a couple of bits- the routing bit and I don’t know what else. Welllll after I figured out how to put the bit into the Dremel and have it not fall out again.. I took a quick stab at an old board.. and I mean a QUICK stab. ;) Now I see that i also need to buy the router stand for the Dremel if I want to use the router bit because that crazy thing bounces all over the place. I don’t know how those guys carve anything with that tool. :0 I guess it’s a matter of knowing which bits to use? I am wondering if all Dremel models fit into that router stand? I would be really pissed if I bought the stand then discovered I had to buy a new Dremel- especially when I have no idea what I would do with the thing. Are there books about carving with a Dremel tool you think? Wait- Mads probably has one to review for us.. LOL

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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BigTiny

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#8 posted 09-22-2010 05:07 PM

www.Toysandjoys.com That’s where many of the beautiful car and truck models here originate.

As for rivergirl’s question about carving with the Dreme;, most carvers use a flexible shaft attachment for carving.
Most Dremel attachments should fit most of their machines, but if you want to ve sure, take your machine with you when you go to the store and check it out.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#9 posted 09-22-2010 05:19 PM

Rivergirl,You-should-prbably-ask-Jordan.He-is-doing-a-how-to-video-for-dremmel.I-have-a-dremmel-stylus-cordless-that-I-use-a-lot-for-sanding-and-shaping.My-husband-also-has-a-electric-one-he-uses-for-his-carving.You-just-have-to-practice-with-different-bits.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 09-22-2010 05:23 PM

rivergirl, you may have slightly bent your bit if you are having a lot of vibration while you’re just holding it in your hand. These are like a router in the sense that they have high RPM. It wouldn’t take much of a bend to cause a vibration because of the high RPM’s. It also could be that it’s not sitting exactly right in your collet. Take it out and put it back in. BTW, rivergirl please take care to unplug the dremel or a router before changing the bit – you can get seriously hurt if you accidently turn on switch. I wouldn’t want you to get hurt. I hope you don’t think I’m talking down to you by saying that. I’m not. I have actually watched men with many years experience change router bits with out unplugging the cord; it’s not smart at all so DON’T DO IT!

rivergirl, here's something that you might be interested in and it was posted just this morning. I’m interested in it myself. Especially look at the picture of the bits that he uses. He’s a very nice guy and I imagine would be quite helpful to you. I’m obviously interested myself in seeing what I can do with my dremel.

I have the little router base and I believe that it could be quite useful even for free hand work like inlay and what not. Dremel also has a web site. I also think that the flex shaft would be good to use with carving because it allows you to use something that is smaller and lighter. I’m glad to see your looking into these things and expanding your range. We can compare more notes as we go along but I haven’t used my dremel a whole lot either.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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rivergirl

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#11 posted 09-22-2010 05:33 PM

Helluva- my Dremel doesn’t have a plug? It has a rechargable battery. LOL Oh my ….so many Dremel parts to consider.. but alas.. I will be saving up for a hand held power planer and put Mr. Dremel on the wait and see list. So don’t worry my friend, I shouldn’t be losing any fingers to the Dremel anytime soon but I appreciate the tips… Now about the fingers and that power planer…. LOL

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 09-22-2010 05:35 PM

Mads, that was such a nice and thoughtful answer. You’re probably right. I have a pretty nice selection of whittling and carving knives, actually. I have a favorite oak tree that I also like to sit under. It’s just like a great big umbrella and have plenty of squirrels, birds, and butterflies to keep me company. I have carved some under the oak tree and on the patio. The nice thing about the oak tree is that I can just let the shavings fall to the ground and don’t even worry any more about it. Thanks for the kind words.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 09-22-2010 05:39 PM

Doc, the same goes to you. Yes, I remember the good old days when the men use to gather on the town square and sit on the benches and some of them would whittle with their pocket knives or sit and eat apples with them too. I do like to carve but I’ve never had the time to devote to it to get really good at it. Thanks Doc.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 09-22-2010 05:48 PM

rivergirl, that’s the one that I need to get, one without a cord. Well then you’ve probably got a better switch on yours than a lot of routers that I see. Anyways, please be careful. Planers and joiners can really do some damage so be careful. You know what, rivergirl, just a while back I got a couple of general woodworking books and they are really good. You would like them. I’ll post some links shortly. They have good safety rules for every major machine. take care, reivergirl

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 09-22-2010 05:54 PM

mainerustic, thanks for the link that looks really good. BTW, I may build that walking duck toy that you were interested in. I’ve posted my thoughts on how to build that on your thread about it so hopefully it was helpful to you. Maybe you can build one as well and we could compare notes. Not sure when I will get to it. I have to move one of my daughters this Saturday so that will cut into my woodworking this weekend. Thanks for the info.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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