Sunday, December 10, 2017

Do you need a lot of clamps to make wooden toys?

If you are planning to make only one toy at a time and you don't mind waiting for glue to dry you might not need many clamps. There are some toys that don't require any clamps at all. Play Pals for example.

Wooden Toy Car - Play Pal - VW Bug - Amber Shellac - Blue - Pine
Wooden Toy Car - Play Pal - VW Bug - Amber Shellac - Blue - Pine

However, if you plan on making anything more complcated than cut outs with wheels youare going to need clamps.

Ofcourse you can make clamps.  For common things this is hardly worth the effort when you can buy F clamps a Harbor Freight for $3.  Harbor Freight clamps are not the best but they get the job done and if you break one they will replace it. Check them thouroughly while you are ion the store.

Harbor Freight 6 in. Quick Release Bar Clamp
Wooden Toy Car - Play Pal - VW Bug - Amber Shellac - Blue - Pine

When making toys that require thicker stock to be glued up you need a lot of clamps. A small block of wood with only two layers can require as six clamps to hold it in place until the glue dries. Plus a couple of more to hold things aligned while you get the main clamps in place.

Below is a photo of a recent glue up I did for five truck bodies and ten cars. I used up almost every F clamp I had.

Gluing Up Handmade Wooden Toys RequiresLots of Clamps
Gluing Up Handmade Wooden Toys RequiresLots of Clamps

To answer the question. Yes you need lots of clamps to make toys just like any other wood working.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wooden Toy Helicopter (WOP WOP) for Odin

My grandson Odin had a thing for helicopters for awhile.  He called them "Wop Wops". How hard could it be  to make a helicopter for a little boy. I sketched a helicopter body on a board and started cutting and drilling. The only hard hard was was making the rotors. I created several rotor patterns on paper before I got the proportions right.

I cut the body from a piece of spruce I had left over from a long ago project. The rotors are made fom some thin hardwood I already had so no resawing was required. I tend to keep every piece of wood the looks big enough to be useful. I was a bit skeptical about the strength of the rotors, but he has been playing with it for two years and they are still intact. I don't know how but he did manage to get the peg out of the top rotor. This was an easy repair.

The paint is all acrylic craft paint some of which I have had for years. Three coats of red, two coats of black, and lot of coats of yellow. If I had it to do again I would have put on a base coat of white but eve without it the colors looked good.

The little helicopter came out so well that I made a template from it in case I want to make some more.

After two years of use it barely shows some wear.


Wooden Toy Helicopter aka 'Wop Wop'
Wooden Toy Helicopter aka 'Wop Wop'

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Bad Bob's Custom Motors Coming Soon

These wer designed for me by John Lewman over at toymakingplans.com. Soon as I ca clear my bench of the current projects and get some spked wheels I'm going to start work on these.


Wooden Toy Car Bad Bob Custom Motors Model-T
Wooden Toy Car Bad Bob Custom Motors Model-T
Wooden Toy Car Bad Bob Custom Motors Model-T
Wooden Toy Car Bad Bob Custom Motors Model-T

Wheels, Wheels, and More Wheels

If you are going to make toys you are going to use a lot of wheels. The last time I bought wheels I ordered about 1600  wooden wheels. Sounds like a lot but keep in mind that one of my little tractor trailer rigs has 18 wheels. 500 hundred wheels make 27 trucks with a few extras.

After that last order I've taken to storing wheels in the large jars that nuts and other things come in.  I did this after I received an order of a 1000 wheels that all came in one big bag. Previous to this they were all in bags of 100. Once you open the bag you have to do something with the wheels.  The jars are cheap as in practically free.  They are quite sturdy and sit nicely on a shelf.

Using the set up pictured below I can finish wheels continuously provided the weather cooperates. If the relative humidity is below 50% shellac drys very fast. The first wheel in the rack will be dry long before I drop one into the last hole.

Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT150 On the Drying Rack
20171201_122332_HDR Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT150 On the Drying Rack

Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT150 Shellaced and in the Jar
Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT150 Shellaced and in the Jar
Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT125 Shellaced and in the Jar
Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT125 Shellaced and in the Jar
Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT150 Unfinished
Wooden Toy Car Wheels TWT150 Unfinished

Ken Martin's Wooden Toy Puzzle Truck

Another Ken Martin's handmade wooden toys. It was redesigned from what was originally a car carrier puzzle truck.

The letters in the blocks were made by cutting off the top of the block then cutting out the letter with a scroll saw. The cut surface was painted and the block was glued back together.

This is a simple design the could be easily modified to accommodate names of just about any length.

You can read Ken's original post here.


Handmade Wooden Toy Puzzle Truck - Tractor Trailer
Handmade Wooden Toy Puzzle Truck - Tractor Trailer

Handmade Wooden Toy Puzzle Truck - Tractor Trailer
Handmade Wooden Toy Puzzle Truck - Tractor Trailer

Handmade Wooden Toy Puzzle Truck - Tractor Trailer
Handmade Wooden Toy Puzzle Truck - Tractor Trailer


Friday, December 1, 2017

Etsy Listing - Handmade Wooden Toy Play Pal Monster Truck With Pink Hubs

I met a nice woman that worked in the Home Depot paint department who really got excited about my toys. I told her about my problem finding pink paint for my toys. Not just any pink but some really hot pink. She assured me that she could mix me up a batch. So the next time I was in the store and found her in the paint department I let her have a go at it. I think the result speaks for itself. 

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine

Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine
Handmade Wooden Toy - Play Pal - Monster Truck - Pink Hubs - Amber Shellac - Pine




Wooden Toy Model T by Ken Martin

As far as I know there is no pattern available for these but they should be fairly easy to duplicate. I think I need to make some of these.



Yellow Handmade Wooden Toy Model T With Spoke Wheels
Yellow Handmade Wooden Toy Model T With Spoke Wheels

Yellow Handmade Wooden Toy Model T With Spoke Wheels
Yellow Handmade Wooden Toy Model T With Spoke Wheels