Thank you for all the kind compliments, John and Cynthia…I’m very humbled and appreciate it. I absolutely love the plans that are on toymakingplans.com.
Before starting I pick up four 1” x 12” x 4’ Pine Common Boards, I then use my planer to plane: one board to 1/2”, one board to 1/4”, one board to 1/8” and then I keep one of them without planing as they are purchased at 3/4”. Most plans require these measurements of wood and any pieces that use 1/16” I make them 1/8” as I find it easier.
I then use clear packaging tape and cover the entire top of the board. Then print out the checklist that comes with the plans, then print out all the pages of the actual size patterns and cut them out and write down on each piece of the pattern the width they should be and place an arrow to make sure they all are built with the grain going the same direction, once cutting and marking each piece I cross them off the checklist to make sure I have every piece.
I then sort them by width/size of each piece (3/4”, 1/2”, 1/4”, 1/8”) in piles. Then I take the 3/4” pile of patterns and lay them out on the 3/4” wood and lay everything out, once I have my layout I place the pattern on a scrap piece of wood (that I keep to only spray the patterns on as it gets messy and not to waste wood) and spray them with tacky spray adhesive and then place them back on the wood that I’m using. I do this for each of the measurements. I then cut out all the pieces on a 3/16” bandsaw blade (as that is what I learned on) and use the scroll saw for example on the windows, doors, and only if they are on the inside of the wood (I hope that makes sense).
After all the cutting is complete, I sand every piece using a Dremel Multi Max sander attachment and Dremel 4000 rotary sanding drum and also a lot of hand sanding as well. Then I follow the directions and glue the pieces together, I like to pour the glue on a scrap piece of paper and use q-tips to apply the glue to the toys as I seem to be able to control the amount of the glue better. I keep all my scrap pieces of wood and try to use as much as those as possible.
I do this as a stress free hobby as I work a full time job and am really busy, but I love making the toys from this website when I have spare time as I find it very relaxing, enjoyable, and productive. I made my first toy January of 2016 and have been hooked ever since (thanks to your free toy plan: Famous Mercedes Lorry Truck) .
I have given quite a few of toys away, donated some, and my family and friends have finally talked me into signing up for a craft fair last November and a Facebook page to offer people a chance to purchase the toys to enjoy and have had some success and a lot of interest. But again, I do this as a stress free hobby and do not take orders so I can relax and enjoy this very addictive fun hobby.
Thank you John and Cynthia for all the fun toy plans that you offer.