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A collection of woodworking project plans to make wooden toys. These plans are free to download as a digital file, ready to be printed.

It may be worth noting that all of the free plans featured on this page are designed to be made with project timber, and with simple tools such as an electric drill, jigsaw or a scroll saw. A band saw could be useful if you have one, but not absolutely necessary.

To make the rocking horses, I use a router mounted in a home made router table.

So here goes - starting with the all-time favorite...

Rocking Horse Plans

Have you ever wanted to make a rocking horse? Carving one from solid wood was a little daunting for me, so I thought long and hard about how to make it easier and far more simple to suit both my budget and need for speed.

Oscar is the original, the one that started it all. Many years ago, in a place far, far away, I found a picture in a magazine, thought it would make an interesting project one day.

Download the free plans.

While I was making the prototype for Oscar, I was thinking that there must be an easier way to attach the legs to the body, and to the rockers.

Download Rocking Horse Andy.

Again, while making Andy was great fun, I was still sure there was another way to connect the legs to the body.

Download Rocking Horse Pinto.

Wooden Toy plans

Most of these toys can be made from scrap wood left over from other projects.

Construction vehicle toys are always popular. More toy truck plans than you could shake a stick at. Plans to make a racing car to satisfy your need for speed.

Take a tour of the country estate in your touring car.  Build a three story toy garage for your collection of cars.  Show your friends how you beat the Red Baron with an aerobatic toy biplane

Tried and tested toy motorcyle that will not break.

Making toys for girls - all I have so far are plans for a dolls house, dolls cradle, and a selection of doll rocking horses.

Relive the romance of steam from a bygone era with these wooden toy train plans.

Wooden Puzzle Plans

Do you have a scroll saw? Wooden puzzles are easy to make, great for gifts at Christmas time and for birthdays.

Fortunately you only need a tenon saw (aka backsaw) and a miter box to make the Soma Cube Puzzle.

Woodwork Project Plans

To make all these toys, I built my own workbench.

Spice rack plans for the kitchen. Happy wife, happy life.

An artist easel to display your artwork. Is there a painter in the house?

For this plan, I found half a sheet of MDF so I built an elliptical shape table.

Decided I needed a pair of saw-horses. Sure you can buy them because they are cheap or you can make one because it's fun. Made two then one more.

Make a mailbox from floorboard samples. Why? Why not.

After you have made all these things, it's time to relax and have a good massage. Better still, make your own teardrop camper trailer and get away from it all.

I can make that USING COMMON TOOLS

No need for expensive woodworking machinery. All of the free project plans are designed to use common hand held power tools.

All of the plans mentioned above are free, gratis and for nothing. Why, you may ask. I shall endeavour to explain later, but for now, enjoy making the projects based on these free plans.

Visit the woodworking projects gallery page to see what others have, and you can too.

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Free plans to make wooden toys and other woodworking projects from Woodworking Down Under designed to use project timber, readily available at all hardware stores and most timber suppliers.

The wonderful thing about project timber is that it is ready to use, perhaps a bit of light sanding preparation for varnishing, painting, or staining.

Sprinkle magic sawdust for miracles to appear.

Read this story about how Emma's Grandpa used magic sawdust to make a very special toy on her fifth birthday.

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