Toy Airplanes

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Project by jmurf posted 02-06-2020 11:19 PM 847 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Toy airplanes for a nephew. Each body is made of basswood. The basswood was lightweight and easy to shape using a shinto rasp and some hand sanding. The wings and tails are made of ash and cherry offcuts I had available. These were finished with real tung oil. The paints were child safe water color paints. On each plane there is hole drilled for a pilot. I epoxied a magnet in each hole. Using a 1 inch dowel and a hobby store wooden ball I made three pilots. I drilled a small dowel hole in the dowell and ball to connect them. The base of the pilot then had a hole drilled and a magnet epoxied. Each pilot stays firmly in the plane. More pictures to come after pilots are painted.

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#1 posted 02-07-2020 06:50 AM

They are high flying topys.

Very neat.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 02-07-2020 11:51 AM

So beautiful. I like those various types and designes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 02-07-2020 03:04 PM

Nice job. I want to make an airplane for my newborn nephew. I plan on using contrasting woods for color with no paints. Im curious if your props turn. I’d like for mine to turn and would like to know how you did them.

Great idea on the pilots. I’m going to steal that idea. This would be an interaction aspect for the child and help in developing fine motor skills taking the pilot in and out. Excellent idea.
Great job and thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 02-07-2020 03:27 PM

Jody, the props do turn.

To start I bought a block of basswood at Rockler – was fairly cheap. It was 2” thick, and 10×10”. I cut this into 4 equal parts for the body (one plane still to be built). A few inches from the front I cut a large dado for the main wing to fit into. On the back end I cut a rabbet for the tail wing. I then took my time to shape each one based off some photos found on line.

For the vertical tail (i forget the proper terms) I cut a small dado for it to sit in and this gave me more glue surface. WIngs were each shaped again off some pictures. Pilot holes were drilled and magnets set.

For the props I drilled a hole in the center of the nose and center of each prop. Using axle pins bought at Hobby Lobby ( just a few dollars for a bag of them), I placed the pin through the prop, added a little glue to the hole, inserted the pin and prop, and placed a little wedge between the nose and the prop so the propr did not get stuck to any squeeze out.

I hope that helps.

The one prop is two parts that I chiseled some lap joints into. I glued them together then cut the pin hole.


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#5 posted 02-07-2020 03:30 PM

these are some very nice planes to provide hours of high flying fun GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#6 posted 02-08-2020 06:43 AM

This airport is going to be very busy with that beaut fleet of planes….
Well done sir!!

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

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#7 posted 02-10-2020 12:44 PM

Thanks jmurf for the tips and info. I should get started on mine soon.

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