Toy Merry Go Round

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Project by ToyMakingDad posted 02-04-2014 01:57 AM 2627 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is fun project from John R Nelson Jr’s “American Folk Toys.”
It is all very straight forward and a very low stress build.

All from pine shelving that a friend had no use for.
I made a few little changes like swapping out the camel for a zebra.
I also increased the size of the center dowel and counter sunk holes for the string knots to hide in.
The disks were cut using a simple jig on my band saw.
All parts were painted with craft store acrylics and finished with spray acrylic.

The basic design allows for a fair amount of flexibility in terms of size and figures.

This is the second one I’ve built. Here’s a little video of it in action:

I have pictures and details of the build on my blog:

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 02:03 AM

Good job Dad! Very colorful and playful. The kids are sure to love it!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 02:14 AM

Thanks Brett. I couldn’t get the video to embed but I did just add the link to a video of it in action –

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 06:03 AM

Haha! That’s cool. Nicely done.

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#4 posted 02-04-2014 06:40 AM

Funny and beautiful toy

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 10:12 AM

Very nice &l thanks for sharing how you made this colored toy.

-- Muriel, Belgium

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#6 posted 02-07-2014 03:46 PM

Fantastic looking toy! Fun design, bright colors and adorable characters. Kids will love it. Great job and video!


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#7 posted 07-26-2014 11:57 AM

Looks great, I am working on one now, bought the book American Folk Toys for the animal patterns, but they must be enlarged. Would you have the full size patterns you might share? Thank you

-- Pete in NC

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#8 posted 08-20-2014 05:23 PM

Very cool. I have some plans for one of these in a ‘Toy project’ book published by Wood Magazine. You may have inspired me to pull this material out and work on one myself. Good job!

-- Ed

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