Showing posts with label toys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label toys. Show all posts

Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Sunshine Express

So in keeping with the previous posts focus on premier woodworking magazine issues, here is a select plan from "Wood" magazines premier issue in 1984. Better Homes And Garden's "Wood" magazine, published by Meredith Corporation, claims that "Wood" is the most popular and widely distributed woodworking magazine in the world. I tend to agree. "Wood" like "FWW", publish plans and articles on improving your workshop, and tools, in addition to some very attractive shopbuilt machines. And while "FWW" concentrates more on the high end, cutting edge, of the woodworking field, "Wood" is chock full of more practical, attractively designed, woodworking projects for the family, home, and yard.

Xmas is coming and woodworkers are looking for interesting shopbuilt projects, to please some young folks Xmas morning. I posted a child's wagon before, but from "Woods" premier 1984 issue comes this beautiful version of the classic child's wagon plan.

So for the few Canadian followers out there, HAPPY THANKSGIVING and

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Case Construction

So as promised here are a couple more woodworking articles from Popular Sciences 1988 Yearbook. The first one today is an article on case construction by the editor of this yearbook Nick Engler. The second one, in the next post, is the design and construction of a beautifully done chest of drawers by Tom Stender.

But first if you liked the child's train plan last week, here is a train whistle plan to complete the child's enjoyment of the train.

So here is a great article on the development, and methods, of frame and panel, case construction. This method of construction is pretty much the standard today, in various degrees of quality, depending on how much you want to pay. I was surprised to learn it has only been around since the end of the Renaissance period. Previous to that furniture tended to be heavy and clumsy and didn't last, due to a poor understanding of the need for proper drying of wood and construction methods that aloud the wood to breath.

When starting out many of us are still finding these things out the hard way. Early in my woodworking explorations I built a nice A frame rocking cradle for the baby room. I made the classic mistake of supporting the bottom with a batten, glued and screwed to the bottom edge of the cradle end pieces, that were not evenly dry. The bottom of one end piece unable to "breath" developed a crack extending 4" up the end piece. The top of the end piece was not restrained and could breath so the crack did not extend any higher. The cradle lived longer than the child had need for it, but that crack was always there, to remind me that wood has to be properly dried and aloud to breath.

So for a well written and illustrated  article on case construction read on.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

"Animal Gliders"

What child could resist a nice long ride on a favorite animal glider? As I said in the previous post, here is a nice selection of plans for building nice animal gliders, that every child will enjoy.

As the designer of these gliders, David Wakefield found out few children can resist a long ride on one of these swings. Construction is not difficult, and Mr. Wakefield provides lots of information for a successful build and installation.

In addition to the titles of father or grandfather, projects like these will also make you a young child's favorite woodworker.

So it's Sunday, so looking forward to a couple good football games on the tube this afternoon.


"Toy Steam Train"

So it's Sunday again. It's amazing how fast time can slide by as you get older. When your young you can't wait till tomorrow, when your old you want today to last forever, lol.

So it's been a while since I uploaded any woodworking projects. I will try to save Sunday mornings for woodworking projects for the next little while. I have uploaded a few projects from Popular Science's Project Yearbooks in the past. If you are not familiar with these, they are full of lots of very nice toy, and furniture plans, mixed in are some good articles on methods of construction.

Nick Engler among others is one of the contributers for many of these nice plans. If you do woodwork, you have probably come across some of his fine books and designs.

Degrees of difficulty run the gamut from relatively easy toys to a series of beautiful, advanced, Queen Ann reproductions. I will start off today with a couple of winners for the toddler set. The first, a toy steam train, by Nick Engler, and in the next post, a nice selection of animal gliders by David Wakefield.

So here are plans for the Toy Steam Train. Don't forget to expand for best view. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Log Hauler

So does Hydro run software that monitors the web for when their name is referenced, or was it just a coincidence. An hour and a half after my post yesterday I get a automated call informing me the power would be out for a couple of hours on Thursday, for grid maintenance in my area. As the saying goes " you may be paranoid but that doesn't mean their not trying to get you" I forget what movie that is quoted from, ha ha, lol.

So here's a nice quick plan for a big log hauler. A great toy for the aspiring young big rig driver. Don't forget to glue those logs together, not safe to have those big logs rolling around loose.

Original plan from John Capotosto in 1983 this copy from Popular Science DIY Yearbook 1985.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

ROAR-Here Comes The T-Rex

What child doesn't like a dinosaur toy, especially this well animated T-Rex. This plan was originally published in "How To Make Animated Toys" by David Wakefield. This copy came from a reprint in the 1989 Popular Science DIY Supplement. As far as toys go this is not overly difficult but care must be taken to do a accurate job of sizing and finishing of the moving parts for proper action.