Toys Made of Wood

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Children will always love to play with toys made of wood. Well designed and well made wooden toys stimulates kids imagination and creativity, and their appeal lasts much longer than mass produced plastic toys.

Besides, the true value of a toy has to be the love that goes into making it. The toymaker gets much joy and satisfaction out of designing and making toys for kids. Making wooden toy cars and construction vehicle toys for kids is great fun, perhaps even more fun than the kids themselves would have playing with them. Better than buying a toy from a store, this is one that you have made yourself, perhaps even designed yourself.

One of the reasons I make toys as a hobby is because, like many other woodworkers, space is limited.

Perhaps I should have taken up wood carving, but making toys for kids is so much more fun.

What got me inspired was Richard Wakefield's excellent book How To Make Animated Toys.

In the beginning I was using mainly hand tools, and as I progressed, I "upgraded" to a bandsaw.


Construction Vehicle Toys

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This book on making wood construction toys may be more suitable for the experienced woodworker. It has detailed plans and photos, but is a bit light on step by step assembly instructions. Published in 1987, the plans are well drawn.

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Woodworkers with a passion for making toys will love making construction vehicle toys for kids. These eight wooden construction toys make the perfect "made with love" gifts for children aged five and older.

They show a bit more detail than many toys made for younger children. Oversized and exaggerated parts are easy for little hands to manipulate. A set of these toys would make great conversation pieces in your home. The book features complete assembly drawings for each of the eight toy projects, parts lists and full size cutting templates. There is a list of recommended shop tools, but as an experienced woodworker, you can always make jigs and templates to duplicate the functions of machines you don't have access to.

Links

Free Wooden Toy Plans.

Wooden Toy Trains.

Toy Safety. It is in the interests of all hobby toy makers to ensure that they are complying with toy safety regulations and standards.

Wooden toy wheels. It's always a challenge to find a supplier for good quality toy wheels for wooden toy cars.



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