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On Father's Day I got the gift of some uninterrupted shop time in the morning and early afternoon. Felt good. That evening my 3 year old son Milo asked me what I was doing, and I said I was making things. He said, "Daddy, can you make me something?" Why not? So I told him that I would. He, of course, thought I could make something in just a couple minutes.

I decided to make him a "toy" wooden plane, with a wood blade, a la Marcus's awesome project. This was my first wooden plane, and I basically mostly winged it on the design apart from looking up the angles for the cuts (45 and 62, for those scoring at home). I used hickory for the center piece, with claro walnut sides, and a brass rod for the cross-pin. The wooden blade is birch, and the wedge is padauk.


I finished it with a walnut Danish oil/shellac mix for the body (which really made the hickory look great), and BLO/mineral spirits/shellac mix for the blade and wedge.

Final dimensions are 7" long, 2 /14" wide, and a 1 3/8" blade width. When Milo is older, I'll replace the wooden blade with a real one (probably a custom one, as that's not really a standard blade size).

Milo loved it, and spent this afternoon outside "planing" some scrap wood I gave him. But he better watch out, 'cuz Desi was watching, and working on his technique too, when big brother was off playing with some trucks.

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That's wonderful, Ian. Looks like you're gonna have to make a second one for Desi. :)
 

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Nice man. Your little one has his skew down without even looking.
 

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Great job looks like he loves it and one day I hope he will be as good a woodworker as you and thanks for posting.
 

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Looks great Ian. I still have to wait a week for my kid's bday to give it to him. He's lucky I didnt take it back down to the basement this morning when I was smoothing out some curly maple.
 

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And by the way, the picture of your living room makes me feel so much better about mine. I feel like I'm in the middle of a losing battle against toys…good to see I'm not alone!
 

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Wonderful project, and for a budding craftsman too!

I agree that the Hickory looks fantastic with that finish. I think I just found a new attraction to Hickory.
 

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Shamp: What a great project and a great way to foster interest in our craft. Really well done.

To all those with small children and toy box living rooms. Remember it is a long battle but you will win eventually. My youngest just graduated HS and the living room has been ours for a while.

Also remember that the battle against the toy strewn living room is the funnest battle you will ever engage in. Enjoy it while you can. They grow up way too fast.
 

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Brandon: yeah, that was clear about 2 seconds after Desi got his hands on it.

woodcox: Desi was keeping an eye out to see if big brother was going to come take it away, but my wife and I both agreed he was a natural.

Marcus: thanks for the inspiration, and yeah, it's ridiculous, the toy creep. As the day progresses, it's like watching entropy.

I appreciate the compliments, everyone.
 

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Too cool man. It's fun to get them involved. As our youngest says, "Daddy loves his sharpies(planes)."
 

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Came out great man, I need to make my boys some of those.
 

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It looks great. How proud are you gonna be when he makes you one.
 

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Good stuff. Extra props for what looks like a highly organized room, looks like a toy bomb went off in our living room.
 
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