Zany Wooden Toys That Whiz, Spin, Pop, and Fly: 28 Top-Secret Projects You Can Build from the Toy Inventor's Workshop

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Inventive and unique, this dynamic collection of woodworking projects teaches the basic skills needed to make exciting, action-packed toys. From rapid-fire nickel launchers and ball-and-socket robots to a monkey-toss gumball machine, each project includes a color photograph, a tools and materials list, a full diagram, woodworking plans, and instructions for using the finished product. Covering all the methods necessary for creation—selecting wood, drilling and shaping, making wheels and axles, and ...

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Zany Wooden Toys that Whiz, Spin, Pop, and Fly: 28 Projects You Can Build From The Toy Inventor's Workshop

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Overview

Inventive and unique, this dynamic collection of woodworking projects teaches the basic skills needed to make exciting, action-packed toys. From rapid-fire nickel launchers and ball-and-socket robots to a monkey-toss gumball machine, each project includes a color photograph, a tools and materials list, a full diagram, woodworking plans, and instructions for using the finished product. Covering all the methods necessary for creation—selecting wood, drilling and shaping, making wheels and axles, and decoration—these constructions are simple enough for children and parents to complete together, all in an afternoon's time.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This book should be part of the school curriculum and would benefit many a youth club as all the projects can be made with few tools. - Mike Sandells, Yandles Wood Club Magazine
Old Schoolhouse Magazine - Brandi Tesreau
Do you have a child who's interested in woodworking? If you're a parent who has tools, time, and some basic woodworking knowledge, then you and your child may enjoy completing the 28 projects found in Zany Wooden Toys that Whiz, Spin, Pop and Fly by Bob Gilsdorf.

In our current society where we are constantly bombarded with technology that provides instant gratification, the thought of actually making a toy sounds appealing. I think woodworking could provide an opportunity to teach kids about hard work and patience. Imagine, too, the pride they would feel when playing with a toy made by their very own hands.

The toy projects are divided into categories: Shooters, Launchers, Games, Toys, and Gumball Machines. Each project begins with a basic layout of the project followed by wood patterns, a list of materials and tools, and step-by-step instructions complete with photos or drawings. The material in this guide seems organized and easy to follow, but I do admit this is coming from someone with zero woodworking skills.

For those of you who are like me and not too familiar with woodworking, the appendix will come in very handy. It contains woodworking basics, such as selecting and cutting wood, drilling holes, how to nail, and decorating and finishing your wooden toy projects. The appendix also has time-saving tips as well as a list of toy-making supplies that should be kept on hand. Safety and working with small children are also discussed.

Zany Wooden Toys, that Whiz, Spin, Pop and Fly is the perfect book for those who love hands-on projects and aren't afraid to use a saw. For just $19.95, you and your child will not only be building toys but memories as well!

Woodworker's Journal
Got kids in your life? Zany Wooden Toys That Whiz, Spin, Pop alnd Fly by Bob Gilsdorf is as fun—maybe more so—for the parents or grandparents as it is for kids.
Canadian Woodworking Magazine E-Newsletter
I'll warn you—this book is a lot of fun.
Model Retailer Magazine
A collection of woodworking projects for making all sorts of dynamic toys.
shortcuts.ns.ca
The toys are easily made in any home woodshop from simple materials that you will find in your scrap wood bin. A little glue, a couple of nails and a little paint and you're done. Tools used are very basic and the toys are imaginative and fun.
Library Journal
Featuring launchers and things that flip, this funny woodworking book appeals to all ages. Lots of drawings and exploded views with detailed measurements make assembly easy. Instruction on woodworking basics and tool usage is tucked in at the end, as are tips for working with children. This is a delightful addition for toy makers. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565233942
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 223
  • Sales rank: 487,422
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Gilsdorf is a third-generation woodworker who is active in the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Young Life organizations. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Shooters 10

Warp-Speed Penny Shooter Step-by-Step 12

Thumb-Action Marble Shooter 24

Pool Cue Marble Shooter 29

Nickel Spinner 34

Ricochet Shooter 39

U-Control Soccer Player 44

Launchers 50

Tissue-Launching Crossbow Step-by-Step 52

Ping-Pong Ball Launcher 65

Rapid-Fire Nickel Launcher 70

Quarter Flipper 76

Gold Medal Backflip Skier 81

Games 86

Golfinator 88

10C Labyrinth Challenge 94

Mini-Croquet 99

Hand Baseball 104

Hand Hockey 109

Hockey Man Target 115

Toys 122

The Ultimate Adventure's Vehicle 124

Mine Shaft Digger 134

Airplane on a Stick 139

Extreme Motorcycle 144

U-Draw Instamatic Camera 149

Ball-and-Cocket Robot 156

Gumaball Machines 162

Kicker Treat Gumball Machine 164

Poparazzi Gumball Machine 174

Poparazzi Popper 181

Monkey Toss Gumball Machine 186

Appendix: Woodworking Basics 194

Index 223

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