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Making kids' wood toys
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 27, 2006 10:25PM
Cannot seem to find a good website on DIY stuff. Does anyone have suggestions on books (or websites)?

Thanks.



Hurts like a bastid...
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Re: Making kids' wood toys
Posted by: Carm
Date: November 27, 2006 11:53PM
Try a local crafts store. Most carry basic kits

Unless you are talking about more elaborate toys.

Carm
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Re: Making kids' wood toys
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: November 28, 2006 12:09AM
Dunno..
That would be a neat project though (have to admit that I'm partial to MAKING gifts for people that appreciate them...).

Only suggestion I have is to stay away from some of the hardwoods... particularly those in the Rosewood or Cocobolo family. They can be toxic to some people.
I have gotten a poison oak like reaction to either cocobolo or bocote... can't remember which, though I'm sure I'll figure it out next time I make a knife handle or pistol grips out of one or the other.

I wonder if Fine Woodworking magazine might have an index that would turn up something useful?



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Re: Making kids' wood toys
Posted by: Pops
Date: November 28, 2006 04:04AM
Keep Googling. The kind of wood to use is important, I don't have the skill, but people who use wood a lot have an eye like a diamond cutter for grain and possible fracture points. You don't want a beautifully shaped/carved toy to split in two on the first hard use.
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Re: Making kids' wood toys
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 28, 2006 01:41PM
thanks, all. paul, thanks for the hints on the woods; had not thought about it.

carm, you are on the right track, but as pops indicates, i'm really just looking to make fairly basic things like pull toys, maybe a wagon (should be easy enough) and possibly a crane.
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