Steering coaster and a Kiddie car and Scooter

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Project by southernelle posted 01-19-2014 12:03 PM 2078 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just made these of Vintage toys and all are made out of the same woods…some also have parts that are from 2×4 pine that i cut down to size with the table saw. I used several different tools…My first tool that my dad gave me years ago- and old delta band saw, ridgid table saw, ridgid sliding compound miter saw and an old drill press as well as the rockwell blade runner ( The circle attachment was used for making the wheels.)I also used my ridgid drill. I found some old pictures and patterns from 1919 – 1930(some kinda hard to figure out) and some I changed because theirs did not make much since. and drew out my patterns on some matboard and I then made a more permanent pattern in scrap plywood. I then used some 3/4 cabinet grade plywood to cut out my parts. Wheels were cut from cedar. All handles pivot the wheels… I am selling these as Decorative Reproduction Vintage Toys.

-- Southernelle

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 02:17 PM

I really like these. Maybe I will make one for the little ones. You did a nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 01-19-2014 04:07 PM

I use white oak for wheels last longer

-- merle

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#3 posted 01-19-2014 05:58 PM

Great first start! Practical, fun, and they will be appreciated! ( between the I-Phone, I-Pod, and video games. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 01-19-2014 08:20 PM

These are great Southernelle! What kind of finish did you put on them? Agree with Merle on the use of hardwoods if intended to be actually used by a child. For decorative purposes the cedar is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 01-19-2014 10:46 PM

Thanks for the comments…I appreciate them all as These were my first attempts at making anything of this nature…I am more of a house re-modeler or carpenters helper…These were not made to play with… even though they would have been used for that purpose back when the patterns were printed for school kids to make…and they had to have been made for preschool age children as they are small…
I haven’t put a finish on them yet.
I only made these for decorative use. But would be great for photo ops…
I decided if I make anymore to make a gig I found to go with my sander to make the wheels…I chose the cedar as I was trying to use lumber scraps I had on hand. And in case someone does let kids play with them in the house…I figured it would not hurt any floors with this softer wood.

-- Southernelle

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#6 posted 01-21-2014 06:09 PM

Great job you should have no problem selling them.

-- Todd

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#7 posted 01-23-2014 03:50 PM

Those are beautiful classic toys. They bring back fun memories and great to collect them. Great job on recreating them.

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