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Project by toyguy posted 12-08-2007 09:50 PM 3723 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 1929, Ford put a wood box on a model A frame and called it a Woody Wagon. The legend began. Thirty years later, the Beach Boys, while surfing the USA, told us they ”got a 30 Ford Wagon and we call it a Woodie”. And the legend continued….
Here is my Woodie. Certainly not to scale, just a nice desk top replica. Picture 1, has two inserts. The first a 29 original woodie and the other a modified 29 or 30 surf woodie wagon. My inspiration.
I started with a Toys of Joys Plan, and made a few modifications. The wheels are purchased locally and have also been modified. Wood used was Maple..Cherry..Walnut, and a bit of Bass (rad housing & bumper) and Cedar (seats & surf boards). The finish is spray lacquer. This replica toy took about 35 enjoyable hours to build, and the enjoyment will last a life time.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#1 posted 12-09-2007 12:42 AM

Nice work. You must have a lot of hours in this project.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#2 posted 12-09-2007 01:41 AM

awsome woodie ! im always amazed at the detail that goes into the projects like this . my fingers get nervouse just looking at them ! great work toy guy

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#3 posted 12-09-2007 02:05 AM

That is very impressive. I feel some what inadequate every time I see something like this. Believe me, this is not something I would tackle.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 12-09-2007 02:42 AM

35 hours! That’s as impressive as the craftsmanship. Very cool!

-- Illegitimis nil carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down

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#5 posted 12-09-2007 03:03 AM

I bet the kids won’t be playing with that!! Nice work.

-- Woodworking is Life. Anything before or after is just waiting.--S. McQueen sort of

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#6 posted 12-09-2007 12:45 PM

Great looking Woodie Toy Guy. How is that Little Deuce Coupe coming? I really like your work.

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

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#7 posted 12-09-2007 10:27 PM


And this only in 35 hours. Verry fine and a lot of woodworkingskills

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#8 posted 12-10-2007 04:18 PM

It looks pretty much to scale to me. I built a model of the Ford wagon once—Hubbley (or Hubbly?) used to put out cast metal kits for model antique cars. They were the absolute coolest thing, and I haven’t seen them in years. Unfortunately, while those models are probably collectors items now, my brothers used to swipe my models and play with them, so even a solid metal car bit the dust after a while. I think that’s when I learned to swear. Tonka used to have great stuff, too, but I haven’t seen them in a while, either, and the last ones I did see were kind of crummy.

-- Hibernicvs

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#9 posted 12-10-2007 05:57 PM

Hibernicvs: I was very involed at one time in giant radio control scale model airplanes,(still am I guess to some deree). So when I say scale, I mean it has to be exact. LOL. My Woodie looks like scale from 25 feet away….It’s what I would call ” Far Far away scale.” I am very happy with the way this one turned out though. I don’t remember the hubbley kits, I have built a million model kits in my day. Tonka was great stuff, until they went plastic. I have been considering building some wood construction vehicles, there is a number of good plans on the market. Watch for future projects from me.

Thanks to all that commented on my project. You guys should try a toy or two, believe me they are not difficult at all. When I see some of the projects posted here at LJ’s, it makes me want to go kick some of my stuff around the work shop!.. LOL

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#10 posted 12-10-2007 10:04 PM

Now thats a great wagon. Beautiful detail.

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

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#11 posted 12-11-2007 10:52 PM

You sound like me when I’m discussing “fine points” of social justice—the definition has to be exact, or it’s off by a mile. (Fortunately I do that for volunteer work, and don’t have to make my living fighting with people over precisely what I mean …). I would love to do toys, and every Christmas I start polling the relatives with little nieces and nephews to find out what they would like. Inevitably the response is, “Oh, they don’t want anything like that …” so I figure the translation is that they don’t want anything like that. I even got turned down on an Arts & Crafts dollhouse—which is the only way in the foreseeable future I could design and build one. I once attended a Christmas craft fair with a large batch of calligraphic cards that nobody bought, and the guy next to me had the most beautiful toys you’d ever want to see. He didn’t sell a thing, where I sold either two or three cards (big deal). I overheard one woman say of a wooden airplane that it was ”’way too expensive,” so I asked if I could take a look at it. It was about 18” long, vaguely resembled one of the old Piper Cubs, ... and the price was $3. He was selling them to get a tax write-off for his hobby, and it was one of the years he could recognize a loss and still be a “business” and file a 1040 Schedule C (I’m sure you needed to know that). I got that information when I told him as a CPA and fellow craftsman that his prices were ‘way too low. The airplane could easily have fetched $75 or more—on sale. The only difference from your stuff that I can see—aside from the precision of scale (his stuff was clearly toys, not models) was that he used straight natural finish, no stain, just varnish.

-- Hibernicvs

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#12 posted 12-12-2007 02:21 AM

Not to disappoint you, but there is no stain on any of my toys/models. I use only a few coats of spry lacquer. All the colour comes from the natural colour of the woods used.
I know what you mean about craft shows….. Most people just won’t pay what something is worth. If I built and sold my model/toys for a living I would starve. I’m retired, and build for the sole joy of building them. When I get to a point where the house just can’t stand anymore toys, I’ll sale some or find a suitable home….. It’s just a hobby.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#13 posted 12-12-2007 05:42 PM

I’m not disappointed at all. I’m just blind—not kidding, my eyes are pretty bad. I can barely tell the difference between oak and poplar unless I’m right on top of the wood and can feel it. For some reason I can pick out hemlock and white pine almost every time … which pays off because hemlock looks good but is a beast to work. Thanks for the correction—amend my statement to read the guy used all the same type wood with no great color variations, not realistic, but very handsome just the same. Somebody as old as I am shouldn’t feel the urge to play with toys, but when I see something like what you did, it’s hard to stifle.

-- Hibernicvs

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#14 posted 12-17-2007 11:30 PM

I was happy with the cars and trucks I made untill I saw these . But I can sell mine and make alittle on them.
Nice work. Lots of pacients you most have .

-- Ageingwood - [email protected] No time , retired

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#15 posted 12-18-2007 12:13 AM

Brian, that is one fine woodie!

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