Sunday, September 24, 2017

Painted vs Bare Wood Which one is the best?

Short answer is it depends.

Wooden Toy Car - Unfinished - 1932 Ford Sedan - Hot Rod
Wooden Toy Car - Unfinished - 1932 Ford Sedan - Hot Rod






















Painted vs Bare Wood is a complex question with no easy answer. In my limited experience, kids go for colors every time. Adults go for wood. I get the same message from experienced sellers.

I've sat with my grandson on my lap looking at photos of toys and asik which he liked best. Very nearly 100% of the time he picks the painted toy.  When he plays the bright colored toys are the ones he goes for.

Kids are not surfing Etsy stores for toys. The listings in my store that get the most hits and the most favorites always seem to be the painted ones. I'm guessing that the color photos grab their eye and get them in the store. Sales are about half and half. This also holds true in my YouTube channel. The video that consistently gets the most views is the one that has an icon with the brightest color.

Wooden Toy Car - Painted - Lavender - 1932 Ford Sedan - Hot Rod
Wooden Toy Car - Painted - Lavender - 1932 Ford Sedan - Hot Rod

Who is your target market? Do you want to crank out Play Pals by the hundreds hit them a lick and a promise with some sandpaper and throw them in your Etsy store and hope someone will buy them. Or do you have a specific market in mind.

The bottom line is: "You need to know who your target market is." Your selling toys for children but the parents have the money. I haven't figured out who my customers are yet. I'll just have to keep trying until I do.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Here there be Dragons

I made a few of these yesterday from a pattern that was published in Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazine. I've got a bit of a soft spot for dragons and my grandson loves them. When I saw this one I knew I had to make some.

They are made from poplar 1x6 and just barely fit. The first one I cut with a #5 reverse blade. It worked OK but the cuts were fuzzy aka woolly. I've seen this described but never encountered it. For the second one I switched to a #3 double cut and got a very smooth cut almost glossy in places.  However, I don't think I'm going to be doing any stack cutting with these blades. They cut on both the up and down stroke and they are a bit harder to control in the tighter turns.

I used my sanding mop for the first time on an actual project. It's going to take some getting used to but it cleans up the fuzzies and gently rounds the edges as advertised.  I was skeptical of this when I first got it because it would eat up the pieces of pine 2x4 I was using to break it in. More on sanding mop later.


Nosey Wooden Toy Dragon Puzzle
Nosey Wooden Toy Dragon Puzzle



Monday, September 18, 2017

Are Hardwood Purchased at Home Depot Really More Expensive

I spent a couple of hours today trying to find an online source for poplar the was less expensive than Home Depot. I could not do an exact comparison because Home Depot sells S4S select lumber in standard dimensions and the online lumber dealers have random lengths and widths. I calculated the board foot cost of 20 BF of 1x6 and compared the to all the 20 BF project packs I could find. Lumber in the project packs had to be at least surfaced two sides. I factored in all costs including taxes, shipping, and any discounts. 

What I found was a bit surprising. Not only were most of them more expensive that Home Depot but only one was lower cost per BF. There were some that were twice as expensive.

When you include the fact that I can go to Home Depot and:
  • pick out the board I want
  • buy as little a 1 linear foot
  • get it in standard deminsions
  • 1/4 to 3/4 inch thickness
it doesn't look so bad.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2

This Norm Marshall wooden toy Model Truck I essentially the same as the one in the previous post. Its a little newer and unfinished. I cut all of my parts with a bandsaw working on my patio with an extension cord run out the window. There was a lot of sanding done on these parts. Mostly with a 6x48 belt sander. At one time I was making the cab by using 60 grit sandpaper and sanding to the pattern. You would not believe how much dut it made. I work mostly indoors today and would never do that in my garage. 

Size:
Length: 8 inches
Width: 4.5 inches
Height: 7 inches

Right Front - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2
Right Front - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2
Left Side - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2
Left Side - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2
Left Rear - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2
Left Rear - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2
Rear - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2
Rear View - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2
Right Rear - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2
Right Rear - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2
Right Side - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2
Right Side - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2
Front - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2
Front - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck - Version 2

Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck

I've made a lot of these trucks. Norm Marshall is my favorite toy designer. You can find this and many other toy plans by Norm Marshall in "The Great All-American Wooden Toy Book". It is out of print but easy to find in the used book market.  If you are a long time Shopsmith owner you probably remember seeing some of Norm Marshall's toys in the Shopsmith "Hands On" magazine. I think some of the plans are still available via the Shopsmith website.

Size:
Length: 8 inches
Width: 4.5 inches
Height: 7 inches

Left Front View - Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck
Left Front View - Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck
Left Rear View - Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck
Left Rear View - Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck
Rear View - Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck
Rear View - Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck
Right Rear View - Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck
Right Rear View - Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck
Right Side View - Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck
Right Side View - Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck
Right Front View - Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck
Right Front View - Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck
Front View - Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck
Front View - Wooden Toy Truck - Norm Marshall Model T Pickup Truck

Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Play Pal - Pickup Truck

This was one of the first Play Pals I have made and the second one that I sold. the toy trucks body is made from poplar from a pallet. The wheels and dowels I purchased from Woodworks LTD . The finish is hand brushed satin polyurethane 

Size:
Length: 3.5 inches
Height: 1.5 inches
Width: 1.7 Inches

This was one of the first wooden toys where I drilled the windows. In the thicker wood it can be much easier than cutting the widow with a scroll saw. I have trashed more than one body trying to cut the windows with my scroll saw. The round window works well with this truck but in many cases I find the the scrolled window adds character that you just can't get from a drilled hole.

When I first started my Etsy store I really did not know what I was getting into I pretty much did everything wrong according to the SEO experts and yet it sold almost immediately.

Right Front - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Play Pal - Pickup Truck
Right Front - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Play Pal - Pickup Truck
Left Rear - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Play Pal - Pickup Truck
Left Rear - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Play Pal - Pickup Truck
Right Side - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Play Pal - Pickup Truck
Right Side - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Play Pal - Pickup Truck
Left Front - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Play Pal - Pickup Truck
Left Front - Handmade Wooden Toy Truck - Play Pal - Pickup Truck

Saturday, September 9, 2017

New Etsy Listing - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs

Blue I sure do like blue. The blue and black just works for me. All of the amber shellac finished toys are glossy but once in a while I get the lights just right right and the reflections pop out. I'm not good enough with a camera to do this on purpose. 

Made from a piece of Home Depot 2x4 (white wood) and hand finished with amber shellac and acrylic paint. 

Left Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Left Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Right Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Right Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Right Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Right Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Left Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Left Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Left Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Left Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Right Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Right Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Bottom - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs
Bottom - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Metallic Blue Hubs

Friday, September 8, 2017

New Etsy Listing - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs

The knot on this one adds a bit of character to the toy. I made this more as an experiment than anything else. I wanted to see how hard it would be to work with and what it would look like when finished.


Right Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs
Right Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs

Left Front Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs
Left Front Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs




Left Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs
Right Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs
Right Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs

Leftt Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs
Leftt Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs

Right Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs
Right Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs
Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs
Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs
Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs
Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs

Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs
Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs

Bottom - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Pipes - Black Hubs

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

New Etsy Listing - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black

This is the first time I have used the metallic gold paint on the axle hubs.  I'm not sure yet how well I like it. In the end it only matters that  the person who buys it likes it.



Left Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black
Left Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black
Left Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black
Left Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black
Left Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black
Left Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black
Right Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black
Right Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black
Left Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black
Left Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black

Right Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black
Right Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black
Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black
Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black
Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black
Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Gold - Black

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New Etsy Listing - Wooden Toy Car, Hot Rod Freaky Ford, 1932 Ford Sedan, Street Rod


I've made a lot of these experimenting with different materials, finishes and techniques. They keep getting better and I keep getting faster at building them. More than a few of them went into the trash.


Left Side Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray
Left Side Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray
Right Side Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray
Right Side Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray

Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray
Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray


Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray
Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray

Left Side Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray
Left Side Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray
Right Side Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray
Right Side Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray


Right Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray
Right Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray

Left Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray
Left Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray


Left Side Ruler - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray
Left Side Ruler - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 32 Sedan - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Green - Gray