In today's era of mass production and plastic, there may well be no other woodworking project as rewarding to build as a wooden toy. A wooden toy gets back to the basics of handmade craftsmanship, natural and safe materials, and best of all, good old-fashioned fun! Wooden toys are a joy to build, rewarding to give, and endless fun to play with—especially the ingenious designs in Great Book of Wooden Toys.
Detailed and clearly illustrated, this in-depth handbook offers instruction for constructing more than 50 wooden toys designed to appeal to a child's sense of imagination and playfulness! From a powerful bulldozer to a pioneer-inspired paddleboat, Great Book of Wooden Toys includes 37 three-dimensional toys any child will love, along with 16 "pull-along" classics that are perfect for toddlers.
A brief introduction covers the basic techniques like gluing, sanding, and making wheels. Each project presents a meticulous diagram, a handy materials list, detailed step-by-step instructions, exploded views, and a photograph of the completed toy, for a foolproof building experience. More than 125 photographs show you how every piece goes together, and a special chapter is devoted to finishing or painting your toys for a professional look.
Designs include stylized versions of a Model T car, a crane, and the "Spirit of St. Louis" airplane, as well as projects specifically for beginning woodworkers, such as pull-along trains and circus animals. Instructions for finishing and detailing (using child-safe finishes and materials) ensure that the completed crafts will last for years.
Author Norm Marshall (1932-1982) was a well-known toy maker whose classic toys were loved by children and woodworkers alike. They provided hours and hours of entertainment for countless generations, and best of all, they were easy to build. Now you can build a Norman Marshall wooden toy with Great Book of Wooden Toys!
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