The reward is a smile and just because you can!

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Project by crowie posted 07-31-2020 10:20 AM 1020 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The reward is a smile and just because you can!

There is just way too much fear and confusion across the world at present.

I just love making handmade playable wooden toys for play as the reward of a smile is so worthwhile.

About a week ago I found out from my local florist that her little bloke has a birthday in August.
And YES I’m a regular customer for my beautiful wife, I’ve given her flowers every 4-6 weeks since the second year we started going out together as a couple [43 years ago].

So today while doing the family grocery shopping I dropped in on Jamie with a Quad Bike for her little blokes birthday next month and the smile says it all.

The body of the bike is recycled old Oregon or Douglas Fur, eaves from an old house thanks to a builder friend;
The sides of the bike are Spotted Gum timber packers scored from Hudson’s Timber;
The wheels of the bike at Merbau made from a damaged stair treat from Hudson’s Timber.
Only two coats of my home-made Wipe-On-Poly…

So all in all it’s cost me not much more than 2-3 hours of time & effort BUT rewards is priceless!

Not quite a Random Act Of Kindness but still pretty special fun in todays climate!

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

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#1 posted 07-31-2020 11:21 AM

Very good! That is what woodworking is all about

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 07-31-2020 12:30 PM

that’s as random as it needs to be and quite the gift.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 07-31-2020 12:57 PM

Neat prezzie, crowie!

... since the second year we started going out together as a couple [43 years ago]....
- crowie

2nd. year??? Always knew you were a slow bloomer!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 07-31-2020 01:30 PM

Well done Crowie, makes it all worthwhile.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 07-31-2020 04:09 PM

Good for you! Last Christmas I got sever woodworking buddies together and we made toy cars and trucks for the local hospital and some for Toys For Tots. We got a late start so only finished 45. I am sure we can do much better next year. The only down side in what we are doing is not seeing the kids receive the cars. If we put only one smile on a kids face, it was worth it.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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#6 posted 07-31-2020 10:50 PM

You are a saint Peter, and yes the smile is a priceless thing in today’s world. And congrats on the 43 years.

Ed, that is a great idea about the toys for the kids too.

It is really the folks like this that are making the world go around, wish there were more like that.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#7 posted 07-31-2020 11:10 PM

I was going to ask if it has a 5 speed gear box but must be an automatic as it has no foot petals. ;-]

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#8 posted 08-01-2020 03:08 AM

Well done!

Maybe it’s an e-bike, so it’s just got a go knob.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 08-01-2020 03:12 AM

Congrats. Acts of kindness is a great gift to have. My goal in life is to earn more “thank you” than paying out “I am sorry “

You get to die leaving a much better thumbprint on life.

Perhaps corniness is the term used, but it works for me.

-- KJ, Spokane, WA.: Don’t count the days; make the days count.

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#10 posted 08-01-2020 01:59 PM

How nice. wonderful thoughtfulness, flowers and gift.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 08-01-2020 03:39 PM

That’s too cute! I may have to have a go at some of those…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 08-02-2020 09:35 AM

Nice work Peter…Very kind of you,



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#13 posted 08-06-2020 12:40 AM

Very robust toy Crowie.

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

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#14 posted 08-06-2020 12:57 AM

Thank you ladies and gentlemen for the kind words of encouragement.

The toy is a pretty simple project to made and the plans were free, so why not spend some joy and add smiles to someone’s face.

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

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