Making Heirloom Toys

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Jim Makowicki's wooden toys show an attention to detail and sophistication of design that set them apart from the usual run-of-the-mill toy projects. This collection of toys includes 22 projects, primarily featuring transportation toys (cars, trains, trolleys, planes and boats) and educational toys. For each project, there's a full-page photo of the toy, detailed drawings and patterns, a parts list, construction photos and clear, step-by-step instructions on how to make the toy. A color gallery shows the finished...

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Overview

Jim Makowicki's wooden toys show an attention to detail and sophistication of design that set them apart from the usual run-of-the-mill toy projects. This collection of toys includes 22 projects, primarily featuring transportation toys (cars, trains, trolleys, planes and boats) and educational toys. For each project, there's a full-page photo of the toy, detailed drawings and patterns, a parts list, construction photos and clear, step-by-step instructions on how to make the toy. A color gallery shows the finished toys in all their glory. Two introductory chapters explain the fine points of toymaking techniques, with helpful hints on working with small parts and choosing the best finish for your toy. Whether you're making a toy to entertain a child or grace a desk, this book will teach you how to create toys that your family will cherish for generations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561581122
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 378,287
  • Product dimensions: 9.05 (w) x 11.05 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Makowicki's "marvelous" toys should have a special draw; six basic "systems" (autos, trucks, boats, houses, planes, and ships) allow kids to create a huge variety of toys out of wooden parts. The instructions show numerous techniques for working safely with small parts and are supplemented by excellent drawings and photographs. The designs are attractive, and the quality compares to the popular and expensive Brio toys. This title is perfect for those on a budget, as it will allow them to use the many wood scraps they have accumulated over the years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Toymaking Techniques 3
Finishing 15
Project 1 Grasshopper 19
Project 2 Tug Boat 24
Project 3 Dump Truck 27
Project 4 Crane Truck and Trailer 31
Project 5 Jeep with Canopy 37
A Gallery of Heirloom Toys 41
Project 6 Sports Car 57
Project 7 Walk the Ball 60
Project 8 Life Star Helicopter 63
Project 9 Police Helicopter 69
Project 10 Jet Plane 73
Project 11 Biplane 77
Project 12 Freight Train 82
Project 13 Passenger Train 89
Project 14 Cable Car 96
Project 15 Trolley Car 102
Project 16 Woodchuck Clock 106
Project 17 Math Balance Beam 110
Project 18 Fire Truck 114
Project 19 Vintage Truck 121
Project 20 Mary's Ferry Boat 126
Project 21 Four Ferry-Boat Vehicles 132
Project 22 U-Fly-It Plane 140
Sources of Supply 151
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    this book has1 or 2 good plans drawings are not very informative

    not very good deal for money

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