Good Resource for Toy Building

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Review by MsDebbieP posted 11-30-2009 08:38 PM 2515 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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(this review was first posted in October 2009 eMag)

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ wooden toy to play with? Norm Marshall’s book, Great Book of Wooden Toys, provides a variety of plans for a number of vehicles for the air, land, and sea. Also included in the projects are some cute little animals that can be linked together.

What I especially enjoyed with this book is the extensive amount of information in the Preface regarding wood selection, safety issue (for the children who will be enjoying these toys) and some basic “how to” information that is used for the projects. Being a relative beginner at woodworking I also appreciate the options that are provided throughout the pages. For example, he suggests that you can use his hole-saw process for making the wheels or you can cut them out freehand, use a lathe or even purchase them ready made. How’s that for covering all the bases! This same “options” input is provided for a number of topics, including wood selection and finishes. Love it.

Each of the projects comes with a picture of the finished toy, a little information about the vehicle, an exploded view of the components of the toy, as well as detailed plans for each of the parts.The step-by-step directions are quite detailed, giving tidbits of information, warnings, and strategies to prevent problems. It’s nice to learn from experience but sometimes it is even better to learn from someone else’s!

Due to my current schedule I wasn’t able to make one of the projects this month but it’s on my “to do list”. The Model T car is calling my name. I can’t wait to add my version to those currently shared at

My Ratings of The Book
Layout and Appearance: Good balance of pictures, diagrams, and words. Thumbs Up!
Instructions: Easy to follow; precise plans. Thumbs Up!
Project Selection: Air, land, sea; single items and toys that link together. Great combination. Thumbs Up!
Overall: Thumbs Up!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 12-01-2009 08:27 AM

The airplane project looks to be quite unique and much more sophisticated then one would think of as a “wooden toy”. I’m intrigued!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 12-01-2009 06:38 PM

Who builds totys for kids ? I build them to play with.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 06:25 PM

you’d have fun with this book then.. lots of toys to play with :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 09-09-2010 04:35 AM

Thanks for the review. I was wondering if you had completed a projext form the book and how accurate the pans were. This may be what i am searching for. There are a lot of books out there but my experience says that they are not all good.

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#5 posted 09-09-2010 11:42 AM

I didn’t build one of the toys .. perhaps papabear has made some. He was the recipient of the free copy.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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