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Back in December I decided to make some toys for holiday gifts.  Having never used a scroll saw before it did not go quickly and there were   some mistakes. I made a set of the small world volkswagens and was happy with how they turned out.  They're made from a mix of scraps I had lying around: atlantic cedar, western red cedar, sassafras, fir, maple.  I just mixed the woods together for color contrast.  I was happiest with the two-tone bus sides.  They're finished with paste wax.DSC01882.JPG  DSC01881.JPG  DSC01892.JPGDSC01877.JPG  DSC01879.JPG
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I ended up making another set a few weeks ago to be raffled off at an event at the school where I teach.  The boy who won them lost his ticket and had to convince his mother to buy a second one.  He was pretty thrilled. I saved a lot of time by doing as much cutting on the bandsaw as possible.  I also doubled up wood for pieces that required multiples such as the fenders.  Sanding still took a ton of time.  I got lucky with a wood box I had lying around being a perfect fit.  I just stained it, lined it with some scrap fabric donated by my wife, and finished everything with paste wax, of which I included a small amount.
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Hi cracked lid,

Welcome to the forum! I love this post. Your Small World VW's are wonderful! Great photos and beautiful craftsmanship. The special gift boxes you included really pushes this to an even higher charming and delightful level! What a wonderful cherished gift for anyone at any age. Great job and thank you for posting. We'll look forward to seeing more from you!
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These are very nice indeed. I really like the look you get when laminating different wood.

Unless your not picky,  sanding is the most time consuming part.


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Welcome to the forum "cracked lid"

those came out very nicely. The wooden box added another level to the prize.
Please visit us often and share your creations.
The contrasting woods make the toy's stand out even more.
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What a great idea. And I  also welcome you to the forum. We look forward to learning a lot from your fresh approach to wood toy projects. I love this boxed set.
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Welcome to the forum!
 The cars came out very nice and I agree with everyone else, the gift box was a great added touch.
 Hope to see more of your projects in the future.
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These look great. Really like the presentation ideas.
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Thanks, all.  I've already got a backlog from other plans I've already purchased to be completed as other projects get done.  I've got a handful of nieces and nephews I plan to keep supplied in toys.
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Welcome - these are wonderful.  love the natural wood. 
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cracked lid
Thanks for posting.
Love the use of wood you selected as well as the packaging.
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2 great looking sets of toys! I really like the two tone bus sides. It looks more like a real vehicle. Keep up the good work.
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Beautiful set of contrasting woods that match the box. Excellent.[thumb][thumb]
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