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Slimpickens

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Just decided I wanted to start woodworking. Want to start by making toys for my grandkids.  I’m a decent rough carpenter. Any and advice is welcome.  
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Welcome aboard. In this forum you will find lots of help and insights to get started.  Give us a list of tools you already have and go from there.  
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I have an older scroll saw , table saw, jigsaw, a small router , skilsaw, compound saw, drills, some hand tools as well. 
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You're already in better shape than most.  You should be about able to build almost anything. You could start with our free plans and go from there. 
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I've downloaded and printed those. Any advice on what wood is better and easy on the budget
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Hi there, I'm a relative newbie toymaker.

Just jump in and have a go. I started using ordinary pine avoiding any knots using a bandsaw plus a hand coping saw. It's not the easiest to use but it was cheap when I started out.

I now have a scroll saw and it's easier to cut, will move onto hardwoods as i become more skilled. There's lots of great toy builders with a wealth of knowledge and tips just waiting to be tapped into.

Most of all enjoy yourself. I hadn't done anything like this for about 40 years when I was at school. My grandson now has lots of handmade wooden toys from his Grandpa. I love making them and he loves quality testing them and he's not quite one year old yet.

The plans from John and Cynthia are very easy to follow, I made the Peterbilt Construction set recently and it was great fun to build and all of the cuts I did with a bandsaw. Take your time and take the plunge and let us all know how you get on with your builds,

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Pine is what I started with, I'm new to toy making as well, just really got my feet wet 3-4 weeks ago. Poplar is a nice wood as well, I use that for the thin stuff 1/4" to 1/2" thick stuff. Like Grandpa Bear said HAVE FUN! Your grandkids will love anything you make them. Can't wait to see what you build. Never hesitate to ask anyone for advice, there's a wealth of knowledge on here. 
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You can make toys with pine. but constrution grades are some times very difficult to wor with. Poplar is much easier to work with. In the US at the big box stores you can buy poplar in thicknesses starting at 1/8-inch to 3/4-inch. No resawing required. 



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You can make toys with pine, but construction grades are some times tough to work. Poplar is much easier. In the US at the big box stores, you can buy poplar in thicknesses starting at 1/8-inch to 3/4-inch. No resawing required. 



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My first attempt. I’m never making wheels again. Lol also gotta buy a drill press so my axle holes are straight

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Looks really good for your first toy brother. For me I find buying wheels saves me a lot of headache and grief. Keep after it. You will progress faster than you think.
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My first attempt. I’m never making wheels again. Lol also gotta buy a drill press so my axle holes are straight


I feel your pain, but sometimes you got to make theme to get the size or the look you want. Some people make wheels where one wheel has more parts than any of my toys. 

I have seen these trucks made with all sorts of store bought wheels on them and they just do not look right to my eye.

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Making wheels is a good skill for a toy maker to have, but it isn't much fun.


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Nope. Wheels are tough. When I get a little better and the right equipment I’ll try again.
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So when you put two or three pieces together do you use wood putty to fill in the seams?
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So when you put two or three pieces together do you use wood putty to fill in the seams?


I have not made any multi-piece wheels although I might give it a try at some point. I have not been happy with the quality of the spoked wheels I have purchased in the past.  However, I have read a lot of posts on making these complicated wheels with many parts. I have never seen anyone use putty of any kind on the wheels.

I never use putty on wheels. If there is a defect, I will hide it if I can or throw it in the scrap bin if I can't. I always make extras.


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