Sunday, October 15, 2017

Etsy Listing - Wooden Toy Car, Hot Rod Freaky Ford, 27 Coupe, Pine, Amber Shellac, Metallic Purple Hubs


Top Right Front -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Top Right Front -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs

I made a bunch of Hot Rods primarily to build something simple that I could learn to do finishing and painting. Until last year I had not made any painted or finished toys. It was a major learning curve for me. I was trained and worked for awhile as an professional auto painter but this was very different.  All of the paints and tools were different.

One of the biggest things I had to do was learn how to apply finishes in a place where very high humidity was the norm. Where I live in the Florida pan handle the humidity generally starts at 99% in the early morning and doesn't get low enough to paint until some time in the afternoon. In the summer there is blistering heat in the afternoons. In by yard this summer the heat index got up to 116 degrees. You can't paint in this kind of heat either. This is especially true for spray painting wooden toys. Water in the air will get mixed in with your spray and ruin your finish. I was attempting to spray some shellac on one of these wooden toy hotrods I make and the alcohol pulled water out of the air and I had dew drops all over my freshly sprayed shellac. Then there are the afternoon thunder storms.

The humidity goes down to 60% by afternoon and then the storms come. It pours down rain for awhile and goes away. The sun is beating down and humidity levels are back in the 90% plus range again. I can't spray pretty much anything in these conditions. I also work full time at my day job and only have about a two hour window to work with. That's when the storms come. What I really need is a small spray booth.

For these reasons and several more that I plan to write about in future posts most of what I make is painted/finished with a brush. This Wooden Hot Rod Freaky Ford is no exception. All of the finish you see in the photos is done by hand with a brush.

Top Left Front -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Top Left Front -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Top Left Side -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Top Left Side -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs

Top Right Side -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Top Right Side -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs

Top Right Rear -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Top Right Rear -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs

Top Left Rear -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Top Left Rear -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Left Front -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Left Front -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs

Right Front -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Right Front -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Left Side -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Left Side -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs

Right Side -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Right Side -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Left Rear -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Left Rear -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs

Right Rear -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Right Rear -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Top Rear -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Top Rear -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs

Front -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Front -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs

Rear -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Rear -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs

Top Front -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs
Top Front -  Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Metallic Purple Hubs

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Etsy Listing - Hand Made Wood Toy Cars, Hot Rod Freaky Ford 1932 Ford Sedan

I did a lot of testing photography testing on this one I must have deleted 50 photos that I didn't like before I finally settled on some I liked well enough to use for the shop. On the internet especially handmade items. Vintage and collectors items also need really good photos. The buyer cant see it, pick it up, feel it, smell it or interact with it in any way other than your photos. I do my best to make quality toys and I want prospective buyers to see that when the look at my photos. If a picture is worth 1000 words the the ten photos that Etsy lets you put in your listing are worth 10,000 words. I can't put that many words into the description.

Photos are also what gets buyers into your shop. 80-90% of my views come from Pinterest and other places I have posted photos.

I find it amazing that i can easily find items for sell on EBay that have terrible photos. I've seen terrible photos that were dark blurry and out of focus in listings that were trying to sell a Nikon camera.

What I was trying to do is get all of the toy in sharp focus. What I discovered was that this is almost impossible with the equipment I have. If I am very careful I can get close but I can't get the depth of field wide enough at the distance I need to shoot at. I can back away and get it wider but I sacrifice some of the detail.

My photos are way better than when I opened my store last year but they could be a lot better and easier. I could use some more/better lighting too. My table top studio works great for small items like these toy cars but not very well for larger items.

This is another version of the Hot Rod Freaky Ford 1932 Sedan. It's not that much different than some of the previous versions I have made. The purple and black trim are new. I thought I had one like this in the store already but when I looked I could not find one. The toys cars body cut from a pine 2x4 using a scroll saw and a #5 skip tooth blade.

There is always a lot of sanding to do on these. Pine 2x4s seldom cut smooth enough to suit me. I get lots of tear out and fuzziness I have to deal with. Most of the sanding I do with a belt sander. If I had the room I would have several of them set up with different grits. Belt sanders are very aggressive and it takes a bit of practice to do a good job with them. If you are going to build quality wooden toys you are going to do a lot of sanding. I can do everything from grind a car body out of a block of wood to some pretty delicate work. I currently have three belt sanders.

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Etsy Listing - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe

This is the best one of this series I have made so far. There are few things that could be improved on using the materials I had available.

If you look close you can see a few spots where there is some tear out that could not be fixed without sanding away enough of the wood to change the look of the car. Working with pine 2x4s  is a mixed blessing. They are dirt cheap but are really hard to work with. I've thrown away more than a few bodies because the tear out was so bad that the toy part wasn't useable.

On the front there is a spot where some shellac dripped. I did not see this until I was processing the photos. It could have been fixed but it's to late now.

There are a few places that could be a little smoother. Again these were not visible to me until the photos were done. I'm not sure I would have done anything to improve them. To produce a glassy smooth surface on the pine I'm using would require an enormous amount of work. If you want to see all you defects get some good lights and do a a photo shoot.

The rest of the photos are here.


Left Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Left Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Right Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Right Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs



Left Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Left Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs

Right Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Right Side - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs


Left Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Left Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs

Left Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Left Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs











Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Etsy Listing - Wooden Toy Car, Hot Rod Freaky Ford, 27 T Coupe

20171010-120840 Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
20171010-120840 Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs


I have/had a dilemma with this one. What do I do if the toy gets damaged during the build process? I have a basic rule I try to live by: If it gets broken its trash. If it is a part I can make another one. If its early in the build it is annoying but not but still its not to difficult to start over. Not so with this one.

So here is the the story.

I dropped it. Not early in the process but when it was 99% complete. If you have made painted wooden toys before you know is a lot of work. At least twice as much work as making unfinished wooden toys. It can be 5 or even 10 times more work depending on how complicated the toy you making is. At this point in the build it was very hard for me to just toss it in the trash.

First I tried to fix the toy car. I soon discovered that repairing a shellac finish on a toy that was already assembled and painted without damaging other parts of the toy was difficult and time consuming.  I decided that the best thing for me to was give it a quick touch up and let it go as is.

Now what do I do with this not so bad looking damaged Ford 27 T Coupe?

I made these to sell in my Etsy store. My grandson has several already. He would gladly take it but I'm already catching some flack about where we are going to put all of these toys I'm making for him. SoI decided to sell it in my store at a substantial discount. It really doesn't look that bad unless you look really close and any little boy that gets it will soon beat it up pretty good anyway. These make a pretty neat looking shelf sitter to decorate your home or office with. Just turn the good side out.

I've put the listing up and clearly described it as blemished. I'm going to let it go through the listing cycle over Christmas and then decide what to do with it. This Etsy business is all just one experiment after another and the listing only costs twenty cents for four months. If it sells that will be great because then I'll know I can sell scratch and dent items and not throw them in the trash. If it doesn't sell over Christmas then that will tell me something too.

Take a look and tell me what you think?

Left Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Left Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs

Lookin' good here.

Right Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Right Front - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Right Side  - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Right Side  - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs

This angle looks great.
Left Side  - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Left Side  - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs

Nece little chip got knocked out of the rear corner.
Left Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Left Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs

The nick in the left rear corner is very visible s is the spot on the top. 
Right Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Right Rear - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs

I can barely see them fro this angle.
Left Side Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Left Side Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs

If I look really close I can see blemishes in this photo. 
Right Side Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Right Side Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs

None of the blimishes are visible from this angle.
Right Rear Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Right Rear Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
I can't see any of the famage from this angle.
Left Rear Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Left Rear Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs

I can see two of the spots but still it looks good here to my ees.
Left Side Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Left Side Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Looks fine from this angle.
Right Side Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Right Side Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Here you can barely see the blemishes
Right Front Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Right Front Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Looks pretty good from this angle.

Rear Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Rear Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs Here you can see a couple of dings and skint spots.

Front Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Front Top - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
This view looks pretty good.

Bottom - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
Bottom - Wooden Toy Car - Hot Rod Freaky Ford - 27 T Coupe - Pine - Amber Shellac - Black Hubs
You can see where I started to repairing the shellac.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Etsy Listing - Nosy the Dragon Unfinished Free Standing Wooden Toy Dragon Puzzle

Nosy the Dragon an unfinished free standing wooden toy puzzle cut from 1.5 inch thick southern yellow pine.

Height = 7.5 inches
Legenth = 6 inches
Thickness = 1.5 inches

I cut this version of Nosy the Dragonfrom a piece of southern yellow pine 2x12 I had left over from a Toddler Rocking Pony I made for my grandson Odin. I think southern yellow pine is difficult to cut. The combination of very hard and very soft grain mens you have to cut slow and careful with sharp blades to get acceptable cuts. I used two blades on this one and probably should have used three.

I cut this with a #5 skip tooth blade. I could have used a larger blade and cut it faster but I have sanding these and and cutting slow with a fine blade can save a lot of sanding. Also when using a fast cutting blade when something goes wrong it goes wrong really fast. You can ruin a piece in a big hurry.

Even before it was sanded the pieces worked well. To test the puzzle pieces for proper fit and squareness I slide them together and out the other side in both directions. If the puzzle pieces are bad out of square they will get stuck. It doesn't need to be out of square much to when the puzzle is thick. If it is just tight you might be able to fix it with a little careful sanding. You can't sand sand much or the puzzle will be ruined. If they get stuck it goes in the trash.

Click here or any of the photos to see the listing.
Click here to go to the store.
 

Left Rear - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches
Left Rear - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches

Right Rear - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches
Right Rear - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches

Right Side - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches
Right Side - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches

Right Front - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches
Right Front - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches

Left Side - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches
Left Side - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches

Left Side Top - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches
Left Side Top - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches

Left Side Top Rear - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches
Left Side Top Rear - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches

Right Side Top Rear - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches
Right Side Top Rear - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches

RIgght Side Top - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches
RIgght Side Top - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches

RIght Side Front Top - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches
RIght Side Front Top - Wooden Toy Puzzle - Dragon - Yellow Pine - Unfinished - 7.5x6x15 Inches