2022-12-29

Painting A Bright Red Fat Fender Freaky Ford Panel Wagon

Handmade Wood toy Fat Fendered Freaky Ford Panel Truck
Handmade Wood toy Fat Fendered Freaky Ford Panel Truck

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As a toy maker, I always love finding new projects. Recently, I've been focusing on creating handmade wood toy Fat Fendered Freaky Ford Panel Trucks. Building these little trucks is a lot of fun. I've enjoyed every step of the process.

However, I've been putting off the painting step for a while now. But today, I finally decided it was time to get to work and bring these little trucks to life with a bright red paint job.

I used flat, bright red acrylic craft paint to bring these trucks to life. This paint brushes well and provides good coverage with just a few coats. I opted to brush the paint onto the trucks rather than using an airbrush. While an airbrush can provide a smoother finish, I wanted to let the wood grain show through and give these trucks a rustic look.

I love using flat paint for these toys because it does not show defects as easily as gloss or satin finishes. It also dries quickly, which is always a plus when working on a project like this.

In the end, I'm pleased with how these Fat Fendered Freaky Ford Panel Trucks turned out. They have a fun, playful look and will make a great addition to any child's toy collection. Whether you're a toymaker yourself or love handmade toys, I hope these little trucks will inspire you to get creative and try your hand at making something special.

2022-12-25

Painting Toys With An Airbrush: What airbrush do you recommend?

 

Two of my Badger Anthen 155 Airbrushes
Two of my Badger Anthen 155 Airbrushes  


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If you're thinking about painting toys with an airbrush, you may wonder what airbrush to use. One option that we highly recommend is the Badger 155 Anthem airbrush.

This airbrush is versatile and can handle just about any paint or finish used for toy making. It's also a bottom-feed airbrush. There are Badger airbrushes that are top feed. The Badger 360 can be used for top or bottom feed. If you only need a small amount of paint, the top feed option is excellent because it allows you to use just a few drops at a time.

The Badger airbrushes are made in the USA and come with excellent support from the manufacturer. If you have any questions or need help with your airbrush, the team at Badger is there to help.

Overall, if you're looking for a reliable, high-quality airbrush for painting toys, the Badger 155 Anthem is a great choice. It's reliable, easy to use, and will give you great results every time.

Badger 155 - Anthem - Dual Action, Internal Mix, Siphon (Bottom) Feed

The Anthem, Model 155, is the most comfortable, reliable, proficient, cost effective, user friendly airbrush ever. The two angle needle tip precisely mates with the Anthem's cone shaped nozzle enabling a single needle/nozzle configuration to spray virtually any desired material, thus eliminating the need for fine, medium, or large needle/nozzle variations. The Anthem's body design provides exacting balance and long term user comfort. The Anthem® also provides flawless performance in the most rigorous of production airbrushing environments.

FEATURES
• Single needle/nozzle for spraying all mediums, inks, dyes, watercolors, acrylics, enamels, lacquers, glazes, latex, Air-Opaqueª, Air-Tex®, MODELflex® Totally Tattoo® and Totally Tanª colors
• Single needle/nozzle sprays pencil lines to 3" (76mm) spray pattern
• Minimal spare parts to stock
• Easy maintenance and cleaning
• Fastest needle release on the market
• Finger tight assembly tolerances
• Excellent for multiple applications for novice to advanced airbrushers
Lifetime warranty on labor and PTFE seals
• Fine replacement parts now available

Badger 360 - Dual (Gravity/Bottom) Feed, Dual Action, Internal Mix

The Universal® Model 360 is the only airbrush capable of performing in a gravity feed as well as a bottom feed mode. Never before has one airbrush provided so much versatility. It is two airbrushes in one.

FEATURES
• 360º front end rotation to allow for either gravity or bottom feed usage
• Single nozzle/needle sprays from pencil lines to 3" (76mm) spray pattern
• Single size nozzle/needle design for spraying all materials, acrylics to watercolors, inks to lacquers, Air-Opaque™, Air-Tex®, MODELflex®, Totally Tattoo®, Spectra-Tex® and Totally Tan™ airbrush paints
• Easy access needle assembly
• Finger tight assembly tolerances
• Correct weight apportionment balance system
• Ultra comfort, ergonomically correct trigger cushion
Lifetime warranty on labor, rotational seal and PTFE seals
• Fine replacement parts now available

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 Airbrushing for Toy Making: Which air compressor do I use?

Harbor Freight Central Pneumatic Air Compressor for Airbrushing


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One important thing to note is that any compressor will work for airbrushing as long as you can regulate the pressure and filter the air. It is worth noting that none of the airbrush manufacturers make their compressors. If they do sell compressors, they are usually rebranded products from China. I have successfully used both a standard two-stage tank compressor and a Harbor Freight Central Pneumatic compressor. I even know someone who used a spare tire as an air source to paint a show car in their driveway (they used to sell an adapter that fits onto a valve stem to make this possible).

The Harbor Freight compressor is a reliable and cost-effective option. It is quiet and portable, and it even comes with an airbrush. While I have no personal experience with the Harbor Freight airbrush, I have heard mixed reviews about its performance. It might work if you only plan on spraying paints explicitly designed for airbrushes. However, I often spray cheap acrylics, craft paints, and even house paint, which can have larger pigments that may clog smaller airbrushes. Remember that all paints are different; even different colors from the same brand can spray differently.

It's worth mentioning that airbrushing is a skill that requires practice to develop. It is not a magic solution that automatically gives you a beautiful finish. With enough practice, however, you can achieve great results with your airbrush.

 

What size needle do you use in your airbrush for painting toys?

Badger 155 Airbrushes
Badger 155 Airbrushes

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Choosing the correct needle is essential to ensure you get the best results if you're planning on using an airbrush to paint your toys. The needle size will affect the flow of paint and the level of detail you can achieve.

I recommend using a larger needle size, such as 0.5mm or 0.7mm, for general spraying. These sizes will allow for a smooth flow of paint and will make it easier to cover larger areas. Some airbrush needles are labeled as Fine(F), Medium(M), or Heavy(H). For general spraying, I recommend using a Heavy(H) needle.

While you can use smaller needle sizes for more detailed work, you may need expensive airbrush paints to prevent clogging. I have never needed to use any smaller needle sizes when painting toys, but you may want to experiment with them to see what works best for you.

It's also worth noting that the type of airbrush you use will play a role in determining the best needle size. I prefer the Badger 155 Anthem airbrush, but many other options are available on the market. Experimenting with different airbrushes and needle sizes will help you find the best fit for your particular needs.

I recommend using a larger needle size, such as 0.5mm or 0.7mm, when painting toys with an airbrush. Larger needles allow for a smooth paint flow when spraying craft paints and make it easier to cover larger areas. However, smaller needle sizes may be necessary for more detailed work, and you may need to use expensive airbrush paints to achieve a smooth finish. Experimenting with different sizes and types will help you find the best fit for your needs.

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2022-12-23

Handmade Wood Toy Cars and Trucks: Hot Rods and Monster Trucks

A collection of handmade wooden toy cars and trucks finished with amber shellac and trimmed with various bold colors. Each is carefully crafted by hand using a scroll saw, resulting in unique and beautifully detailed toys.
A collection of handmade wooden toy cars and trucks finished with amber shellac and trimmed with various bold colors. Each is carefully crafted by hand using a scroll saw, resulting in unique and beautifully detailed toys.
  

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These aren't your average store-bought toys - each is carefully crafted by hand using a scroll saw and finished with amber shellac.

The toy monster trucks in this collection are based on the pickup truck from the play pal collection and are cut from 2x4 pine. The cars are from the Hot Rod Freaky Ford Collection, featuring four 1932 Ford sedans, one 1932 Deuce Coupe, and four hot rods based on the 1927 Ford T-Coupe. I carefully cut the bodies for these cars from 2x4 stock using a scroll saw.

Why did I choose to use a scroll saw instead of a bandsaw for this project? While a bandsaw can undoubtedly get the job done, a scrollsaw cuts slower but produces a much better cut that requires much less sanding. As a woodworker, I would much rather spend my time cutting than sanding, and the scroll saw allows me to do just that. Plus, a scroll saw can make inside cuts like the windows in this car collection and make much tighter turns.

Overall, this batch of handmade wood toy cars and trucks was a labor of love, and the results are genuinely one-of-a-kind. The final touches of black, metallic purple, metallic emerald green, hot pink, and metallic sapphire blue acrylic paint make these toys stand out.


The Evolution of My Toy Maker's Shop Pegboards

Several versions of the peg board used in my shop are 3/4-inch plywood, 3/4-inch plywood with hardboard backing, lazy susan, and 3/4-MDF with hardboard backing.
Several versions of the peg board used in my shop are 3/4-inch plywood, 3/4-inch plywood with hardboard backing, lazy susan, and 3/4-MDF with hardboard backing.

 

As a toy maker, I rely on my pegboards for painting and finishing my toys. But over the years, I've learned that not all pegboards are created equal. In this post, I'd like to share my journey of experimenting with different materials and designs to find the perfect pegboard for my needs.

My first attempt at a pegboard was made from thin, narrow wood. While it looked nice, I quickly realized that the holes were spaced too far apart, and the wood needed to be heavier to prevent tipping when loaded with toy parts. So, I switched to 3/4-inch BC plywood and drilled the holes almost all the way through. The plywood worked better, but I still found that the board would tip if I tried to hang anything too heavy. It needed to be broader, heavier, and have deeper holes.

Next, I tried drilling through the plywood and gluing it on a hardboard back. This design provided more support and stability, but I needed a better solution. Eventually, I tried using 3/4-inch MDF and hardboard, my favorite combination. The MDF is flat, heavy, cheap, and easy to work with, making it the perfect material for my pegboard needs.

One of my pegboards is even mounted on a lazy susan so I can spin it around, though I have yet to find this particularly useful in my toy-making process. I plan to try some ideas I have later.

Overall, my journey with pegboards has taught me the importance of experimenting and finding suitable materials and designs for my specific needs. Whether you're a toy maker or any other type of DIY enthusiast, I hope that my experiences can serve as a helpful guide in your pegboard endeavors.

Note: I still use all but the first pegboard I made and have made several others for particular purposes.

2022-12-20

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection 1333664793

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection
Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

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A miniature wood toy chirping bird I made in my toymaker's shop. It is sanded and ready to paint. The toy animal is free-standing and makes a great stacking toy when combined with other similar toys. All materials I use in making my toys are nontoxic.

My grandson has many small animal cutouts he loves to stack in many different ways. He plays with them more than any other toy I have made for him.

I make these from small cutoffs left over from other projects. The dimensions will vary slightly. The color and wood type will vary and depend on my available materials. If you want a specific type of wood, color, or size, don't hesitate to contact me to set up a custom order.

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Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Chirping Bird, Chick Cutout, Handmade, Unfinished, Unpainted, Paintable, Ready To Paint, Freestanding, from Itty Bitty Animal Collection

 

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2022-12-19

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection 1353260191

 

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection
Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

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I made this wooden bunny rabbit in my Toymakers Shop using traditional woodworking tools. It is made from unfinished wood and sanded and made ready to paint. The bunny is free-standing and makes a great stacking toy when combined with similar toys.

My grandson has many small animal cutouts he loves to stack in many different ways. He plays with them more than any other toy I have made for him.

I make these from cutoffs left over from other projects. The dimensions will vary slightly from those listed above. The type of wood may also be different and depends on my available materials. If you want a specific type of wood, please get in touch with me to set up a custom order.

Custom colors, sizes, and quantities are available via custom order.

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Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection


Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

 

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

Wood Toy Bunny Rabbit Cutout, Handmade, Freestanding, Unfinished, Unpainted, and Ready to Paint, from the Itty Bitty Animal Collection

 

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