Toy Airplane made for Christmas giveaway.

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Project by Karson posted 03-02-2009 04:11 PM 9124 views 7 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Following a newspaper article about the Mason Dixon Woodworking club and our toy program, we were contacted by a Christian School that asked if some of their children could be involved.

We worked out a schedule were we would hold four weekly classes with three different groups of children. Don Connell our Toy Making Chairman and myself lead the classes.

We cut out the parts and put all of the parts for one airplane in a baggy and took them to our classes. They put their name on a tag and they worked on their airplane for the four weeks. They didn’t put finish on the planes because we were working in a very cold pole building. We had a little heat via a Hot Dog heater.

The classes lasted for 50 minuets each of four weeks.

These pictures are the completed planes and the three groups of children that worked on them.

The wood is Popular with Sapele wings and racing stripes. The wood was assembled with 3/4” popular on each side with 1/4” sapele and a 1/4” popular as the mid stripe. It was glued by our benefactor woodworking manufacture that glued the planks up in their heated press. They also cut the 1/4” veneer for the racing stripes.

The airplanes as shown still have the rubber bands that are holding the final glue-ups in place and their name tag.

-- 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 03-02-2009 04:25 PM

That will be a memory they will have forever. What a cool project for all involved.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#2 posted 03-02-2009 04:33 PM

Karson, my friend;

You never cease to amaze me with your generosity. You seem to have a never ending supply of willingness to help others.

They look like a proud group with their projects.

I have to say though that the way the planes were lined up on the table, reminded me of the Pearl Harbor movie. LOL

You sir, are the man!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 03-02-2009 04:49 PM

I tip my hat to you. Way to go!!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 03-02-2009 04:52 PM

Thanks. Some of the kids stated that they had a great time and thanked us for coming.

-- 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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#5 posted 03-02-2009 04:55 PM

Wonderful project and great job kids! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 03-02-2009 05:17 PM

I agree with Lee but it reminded me of a world war 1 movie with the biplanes. lol

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#7 posted 03-02-2009 05:36 PM

Karson, when I looked at the first picture I thought these planes were on an aircraft carrier…........LOL

Beautiful job and a very worthwhile project. I wish we could get some kind of woodworking club satrted here. The closest one is about 80 miles away. The kids look like they had a great time.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 03-02-2009 06:17 PM

This is what it’s all about – beautiful job Karson, and even a more beautiful soul! may we have more of those around us at all times.

Thank you for sharing

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 03-02-2009 08:01 PM

Karson….I’m glad you posted this on LJs. You & Don + the toy guys did a fantastic job.

Later, ED


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#10 posted 03-02-2009 08:08 PM

Karson, You Da Man!!!

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#11 posted 03-02-2009 10:12 PM

Aerodrome 2009, the movie. Good work(s). fellas.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#12 posted 03-03-2009 01:14 AM

There is nothing more important than working with kids.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#13 posted 03-03-2009 07:04 AM

so cool…you are all so amazing and what a huge result…the kids that built these will never forget…and the idea of sharing with them how it is important to others is something that may change their lives forever…its a win win…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 03-03-2009 07:37 AM

Good job Karson – you are a kind and generous man.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 03-03-2009 09:05 PM

I appreciate all of the comments. Thanks you.

-- 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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