Wooden toy trains

Making wooden toy trains for children is a rewarding pastime. They can be made out of scraps of wood left over from other projects. Different colours and grain patterns add character to the project. I believe that young children are more appreciative of toys made of wood.

Wooden toys have a certain tactile feel to them that plastic can never have. There is no scientific evidence to support this idea, just a gut feel. Anyway, as a semi retired bloke, it gives me great joy to be sharing this resource with other people of like mind.

As a home woodworker with a very small shop and a limited set of tools I have been searching the net for ideas for making wooden toy trains. This is what I have found so far, and will be adding to the list when I can.

Great Book of Wooden Toys

A few examples of the toy train designs available in the Great Book of Wooden Toys by Norm Marshall.

For the price of only $13.15 from Amazon you get more than 50 easy to build projects - including the toy train designs shown left.

New or used available from $9.15

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Toymaker's Wooden Vehicles: Projects and Plans by Ralph S Buckland available in paperback from Amazon, very reasonably priced at $7.85 new or from $6.00 used.

It gets 5 stars from two customer reviews.

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Handcrafted Wooden Toys another book by Ralph S Buckland.

There is only one toy train design in this book, but you also get plans for 16 other wonderful toy designs, including cars, aeroplanes, trucks and construction equipment.

Why pay more? Get a used paperback edition from only $2.49.

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Imagine a whole book on Making Toy Trains in Wood for only 75 cents? Published in 1990, only used books are available today. Copies in better condition are available from around $3.50 Don't forget to add $3.99 for shipping.

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Fun for kids of all ages, the Ride Around Town Train Table and Set is great for a child's bedroom, toy room or family area. The table will provide hours of exciting play! Two bins provide storage space for parts and pieces. Click to read more.

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The Kid's Train Table is a fun playtime unit for any area. The top has various landscapes for different play. Two drawers pull out to provide storage for all the trains, planes and automobiles! Click to read more.

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Perhaps it's not a wooden toy train set, but who could resist this wooden KidKraft Deluxe Garage Set! This deluxe model has three stories and is loaded with fun, guaranteed to entertain your little ones for hours. Click to read more.

Free Plans for Wooden Toy Trains

Here are a few links to free plans for toy trains:

Free toy train plans from AOK Corral Craft and Gift Bazaar.

Another free plan from the Woodworkers Institute, made from birch ply and oak offcuts.

Ivor Carlyle made this toy version of the famous Mallard steam train.

This free toy train plan is from the Shop Smith site. You may need access to a wood lathe to make the locomotive. You could make do with a hole saw and a drill press. There is only one sheet of plans, with a minimum of component parts. Detailed instructions and exploded views show how it all fits together.

A train and educational toy combined: the stacker shape toy train plans. Get your grandchildren to see how fast they can say "stacker-shape-toy-train."

How to make a toy train table

Once you have made the toy train, why stop there? How to make a toy train table will give the little ones hours of fun.

Fill your toy train table with these trains and accessories.

Model trains for beginners. How to get started quickly and easily with your dream model railroad.

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