Christmas Toys - 1970 version

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About 1970 I started to go to some craft fairs with my wife. I did wooden toys, my wife did some small Stained glass ornaments.

I found 5 of the toys in my shop.

This one was the first item that I made.

The wood was oak, size is 13 X 7 and 2” thick.

In my profile I mentioned that I picked up about 20,000 bd ft of hard rock maple.

All the rest of the toys were made from maple.

At one of the fairs a lady asked if I had a train. She said that her son was fascinated with trains. I told her you draw one and I’ll make it.

She did, and I did.

It was my best seller. Size 11 1/2 X 7 1/4×2”

Others that I’ve made that I still have a copy of are:

The caboose is 10 1/2 X 7 1/2 X 2 and the rooster is 10 X 7×2.

I still have all my patterns somewhere.

I used to make about 15 – 20 of them and take them into the house and throw all the pieces on the floor and my kids would see who could make the most, without ever knowing what the final toy would look like.

I used 1/8” bandsaw blade to cut the parts all of the interior cuts were done without using a pattern. You just had to be careful that the cuts were not made in a way that the toy sagged when sitting on the bottom. i.e. The Caboose. When it sits on the two wheels you don’t want the middle to sag. This required that the interlocking pieces were created in such a way that the sag was minimal.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 12-10-2008 07:52 AM

very cool!!!

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Douglas Krueger

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#2 posted 12-10-2008 01:50 PM

Thanks for the post Karson, you just solved one of my gift problems. Now if I can only find a flavored child safe finish.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#3 posted 12-10-2008 02:38 PM

Neat idea for the grandson.
He wants to learrn about the bandsaw so this hould keep him amused for a few minutes. <g>


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 12-10-2008 04:05 PM

Some good ideas never get old.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 12-10-2008 04:18 PM

Cool, Karson!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 12-10-2008 04:29 PM

These are really nice, Karson! Toys like these are timeless and even with all the gadgets these days kids still love to play with these simple, basic gems. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#7 posted 12-10-2008 06:13 PM

These are great. Did you use a scroll saw or a bandsaw?

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#8 posted 12-10-2008 06:15 PM

They are so simple Karson but I’ve made a couple for my grandson and he just loves them. Thanks for some more ideas.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 12-10-2008 08:26 PM

Karson well done. My grandson loves Thomas the Train, you puzzle idea is a great way to make that happen. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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#10 posted 12-11-2008 03:33 AM

Great Idea Karson. I like the individual shapes.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 12-20-2008 02:56 AM

That is so exiciting that this has survived all these years and it still looks so nice. Thanks for the welcome back btw. :)

-- Dana

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