Christmas with the new kid

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Project by DHS posted 12-27-2020 08:11 PM 936 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I started woodworking maybe ten or so years ago there have been no little kids in our family. Then last year on Christmas Day, my niece and her husband had a lovely little baby that they named Woodsen. Finally. After years of turning pens and making picture frames as gifts I get to make toys for Christmas. I built this biplane from some scrap walnut and maple. I started with a chunk of walnut that I jointed and planed square. I cut the cockpit using a Forstner bit on the drill press and i cut dadoes that would become flat spots for the wings and tail section on my milling machine. I then turned the fuselage on the lathe. I cut the wings and tail from curly maple and glued and fastened them (with screws and brads) to the flat spots. Dowels hold in place the second wing. I printed a rough pattern for the propellor, affixed it to the workpiece using spray on glue and cut it using the scroll saw. The propellor required quite a bit of sanding to make it look OK. I turned the propellor shaft on the lathe and I also turned the wheels on the lathe after cutting them out with a hole saw. I finished the biplane with shellac and a coat of wax to make it soft to the touch. Although I was not present to watch the gift opening, I am told the plane was a hit with Woodsen.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#1 posted 12-28-2020 02:16 AM

Great plane but geez the winner is the name of the kid. Woodsen….. I thought I was being clever making my son’s middle name Carver, that is awesome. Looks like a happy kid too.

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#2 posted 12-28-2020 03:45 AM

Nice gift!! Sure is fun to make items like this for kids.

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#3 posted 12-28-2020 04:15 AM

Love seeing post like this! Great job and the last picture is tops!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 12-28-2020 04:15 PM

Very nice!, I like the way you did the fuselage. I have put it on the list of my ‘to-do’ projects

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#5 posted 12-28-2020 05:25 PM

Nothing better than a homemade toy for a child. Well done.

-- Julian

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