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

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Two Toy Electric Motors

So here are a couple of interesting projects for the novice home hobbyist. Both projects come from the "Junior Mechanics Handbook", which I have previously posted from.

The projects, two toy electric motors, are not ment to do practical work. They are interesting projects that teach and look great working as display units. Construction is not too difficult and will provide lots of enjoyment to the novice, learning electrical theory and  construction methods. Don't forget to expand to max. before saving, for best resolution.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

An Easy Train And Jeep

So their's still time to squeeze in a couple of quick projects in the wood shop. Young enthusiasts will love playing with these under the tree, Xmas morning. The first project is a quick and easy train for the young toddler. The second project will appeal to the little older child and is a nice reproduction of the classic Jeep.

Both of these projects were published in Rodale Press's 1990 "The Weekend Woodworker" by John A. Nelson.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Even More Gifts From Santa's Workshop

As far as giving enough time to build, we are starting to run out of time for this Xmas. Here are a couple of more children's projects, that might be just the thing for a child this Xmas.

Everyone is familiar with the "Sunset" DIY books. They published hundreds of titles over the last 40 years on every aspect of woodworking projects and home improvements. Here are a couple of projects from one of their volumes titled "Children's Furniture". It was published in 1985.

For the first project, I don't know a child that wouldn't be over the moon, to tuck in at night on this project. This race-car bed is styled after the famous Can-Am racers, and sports some authentic detailing. It's a long project with lots of cuts to complete, but it is not a difficult project to complete. I am sure the time taken will be rewarded with many woops of satisfaction.

The second set of projects today have been visited a number times before. Few children from toddler to the age of 4 or 5 can resist a ride on a rocking horse (or other favorite animal). I have posted a number of plans before, here are a couple more. The lion is a quick easy project, and brings back memories of last Sundays, rocking horse post. The horse is very detailed but surprisingly there is no carving involved, all the cuts can be made on your band saw, even the comfortable looking seat.

I included a page from "Wood" magazine on how to enlarge gridded patterns here. Instructions apply to all gridded patterns, and some may find this useful.

So the Patriots are putting up a good fight so far against the NY Jets today. The Gronk is back, if he manages to play out the rest of the season, the future might be looking up for Brady and the Patriots.

For Canadians they are playing for the Grey Cup later today in Edmonton, Go Ottawa Red-Blacks go.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Gifts From Santa's Workshop

So enjoying Sunday football today, took a few minutes out to get this file up. The first plan is the child's rocking horse revisited. Every child loves a rocking horse, this design by Paul and Marya Butler is different from the usual fair. It is very solidly built and has over-sized rockers for safety and stability. It incorporates some carved elements in the head assembly for that customized look and the manila rope for the mane and tail is a nice solution.

The construction and finish will stand up to outdoor use and still look great indoors. Two children can ride this tough horsey at the same time, for an enjoyable experience.

The plan was posted in Popular Science's 1989 Yearbook.

The second plan today is a great little revolving jib crane designed and built by John Capotosto and posted in Popular Science's 1985 Yearbook. I would have loved playing with one of these when I was a kid, lifting Lego blocks or Meccano parts into place. Standard toy wheels are used throughout. They are readily available from many sources, but of course you can make your own too.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A Toddler's Rocking-Horse

So the sun didn't last, we are back into a snow storm, to continue into tomorrow. The plan this morning is for a popular toddlers rocking horse. The plan comes from Anthony Dew's great project book "The Rocking-Horse Maker", published by David And Charles in 1993. The plans are for personal use and can not be reproduced for re-sale without the authors permission.

The author has written a number of books on this subject including the restoration of older designs. In this book he goes through the building of nine different projects, from the easy hobby-horse to the advanced, fully carved, Carousel-style horse. The first two or three projects are relatively easy projects, within the reach of even the novice woodworker. Depending upon your degree of patience and skill, the projects get progressively more advanced, culminating in the fully carved carousel-style horse. The advanced carousel-style horse might seem daunting to most woodworkers, but with patience and care, most woodworkers could produce a beautiful piece of nostalgia for their children to pass on to theirs.

A case in point, North Bay had an old water front park carousel, that was in dire need of rebuilding, or suffer the consequence of demolition. A group of local hobby woodworkers got together and agreed to try and reproduce the carved carousel horses, the time taken was not months but years. The result was a beautiful, rebuilt carousel. I suspect Mr. Dew's books were very helpful guides, on their adventure. I will have to get pictures, the next time that I am down that way.

The following plan is a very easy plan to produce. Their are two versions you can try, the silhouette head version, or for a carving experience, the carved head version. The plan is designed to be safer and more convenient for the younger toddler set. It is small enough for the toddler to climb onto without assistance.

The following plan was stitched together from two page scans. I could not remove the shadowy parts of the scans without effecting the quality of the rest of the scan. Excuse the shadow, the stitched together grid plan remains accurate.

Finished pictures of the two versions you can build.

Here is a picture of the advanced, fully carved version, of the Carousel-style horse, mounted on bow rockers. If you want to build it, you need the book, if I got more than a couple requests for it, I would upload it (it's a time consuming scan).

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.