Sunday, February 10, 2019

Special Order For Some Play Pal Pickup Trucks

I've been working on a custom order this weekend. All ways make more than I need for the order because something might happen. I could break something or wood being what it is might split, crack or fall apart. I started this batch with 14 trucks I'm down to 10. I expect 10% or greater loss when working with this kind of pine. I once dropped a toy covered with wet paint in the dirt. If I find any defects the toy gets scrapped. I have played around with repairing them, but in most cases, it's easier and faster to toss them and make another toy. Making extra toys saves time when something goes wrong.

A customer purchased one of my Play Pal Pickup Trucks from my Etsy shop and asked for more.

Handmade Wooden Toy Trucks Toy Makers Shop Fitting the Patterns Around Defects In the Wood
Arranging Patterns To Avoid Defects


Handmade Wooden Toy Trucks Toy Makers Shop Play Pal Trucks Cut From Three Pieces of Wood
Trucks cut and ready for sanding. I started with fourteen toy trucks, and already I'm down to eleven.
Handmade Wooden Toy Trucks Toy Makers Shop Play Pal Trucks Finished with Shellac and Ready For Assembly
Handmade Wooden Toy Trucks Toy Makers Shop Play Pal Trucks Finished with Shellac and Ready For Assembly

The first two trucks are darker because I used the dip and wipe method. I didn't like the results, so I went back to using a brush. I didn't like this method because it is messy, wastes shellac and I have to brush them anyway to get rid of drips. The dip and wipe method might work better with thinner shellac, but I didn't have a proper container on had to experiment with.

The finish is one coat of shellac hand rubbed smooth with steel wood and wax.


Completed and ready to ship.
Wooden Toy Truck, Pickup Truck from the Play Pal Series - Complete and ready to go.

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