Toy Train, Plane and Truck

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Project by SplashMaster posted 01-17-2018 11:50 AM 1149 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a wooden toy train for my nephew this Christmas (2017). I have made him a few other wooden toys which he really enjoys. Toy making is fun and enjoyable, however it was a bit intimidating at first.

I found the plans for this design in ”The Weekend Woodworker 101 Easy-To-Build Projects” by John A. Nelson, which are based off a toy from the 1930’s. The wood for this project came from a crate and my fire wood rack. The flat parts were brought down to size on the thickness planer, ripped to with on the table saw, and cut to length with a miter saw. I drilled the axle peg holes with a doweling jig sanded them to 220 grit and began gluing them up. The engine, smoke stack, and whistle were turned from some red oak that was in fire wood rack. I had a bit of difficulty drilling the hoes in the engine for the stack and whistle as I was rushing a bit to get it completed in time. I opted to lock the spindle on the lathe and free hand it, which left them not quit in line. But my two year old nephew did not complain about it so its ok lol. If I try it in the future I will either use my dowel jig or barrow my friends drill press. To make a flat on the bottom of the engine the wood was held on the belt sander for a few seconds.

The wheels were turned from some scraps hole saw cutouts. The cutouts were placed on a pen mandrel where I shaped them with a bowl gouge and carbide Diamond tool. The wheels were hickory, red oak, and some unknown pallet wood. The axle pegs were also turned from a dowel rod which proved to be a lot easier than I thought they would be. After attaching the wheels, the screw eyes and hooks are attached with a bit of super glue to hold them in. The train is finished with one coat of mineral oil just to make the wood stand out a bit. The Toy Plane and Toy Truck were made in 2016 and 2015 and were based off of plans from Wood Working for Mere Mortals.

Over all, I was very satisfied with the outcome of this project and my nephew enjoyed opening and playing with it on Christmas day.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time take care!


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#1 posted 01-17-2018 12:02 PM

Very nice….it will be well played with

I made a similar one for my kids 35 years ago and they loved it. Now my grandson has it and one of his favorite toys.

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#2 posted 01-17-2018 12:31 PM

I love the wood selection and the overall size of your trains. Very clever idea to turn those wheels. Great job!

-- AJ

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#3 posted 01-17-2018 02:09 PM

Nice playable project for sure!!!

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#4 posted 01-17-2018 02:17 PM

Well done Matt! Great looking Toys!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 01-17-2018 02:18 PM

This is a nice collection of toys and the kids will love them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-17-2018 02:42 PM

you have made a really nice looking train set ….. a child’s smile is all you need …...GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 01-17-2018 05:11 PM

Thank you everyone! I agree Tony Thank you!

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#8 posted 01-17-2018 06:07 PM

Very nice! I’m inspired to make something similar for my pending grandson!

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#9 posted 01-17-2018 07:31 PM

Im glad I inspired you Mythic! Thank you!

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#10 posted 01-17-2018 10:52 PM

Matt, Handmade wooden toys are just the best…hours of fun and play, well done!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#11 posted 01-18-2018 02:38 AM

Toys like this are timeless. Nicely done.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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