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.

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