A project this size requires planning and determination. The Gwinnett Woodworkers pitched in with their professional expertise from several woodworking disciplines.
Above: Marking the pattern shapes onto the wood blanks is done with care and precision.
Below: The lumber is checked carefully for its usefulness as a blank for the wood toys.
The toy plans used were designed for the scroll saw. This made it easy to create spunky, fun toys with a modern designer look and feel. And they were great fun to make!
There was a concern at the start of the project that fresh new toy plan designs that would be appealing to the children were not available. Many of the toy plans used up to this time were decades old. Even though the older plans made a sturdy toy most of the designs just weren’t very interesting to today’s kids.
Sherman spent a lot of time searching the Internet until he found just the right the mix of toys he wanted at www.toymakingplans.com. He chose toys from the ToymakingPlans.com book Snazzy Toys for Scroll Sawers. Fortunately, all of the plans worked perfectly on the scroll saw.
The Gwinnette Woodworkers added their expertise to the project by providing skilled scroll saw operators who volunteered to perform the scrolling for the new toy designs. Their knowledge of operating and maintaining a scroll saw at top efficiency proved invaluable in keeping the project moving steadily towards the goal of 300 wood toys.
The final touches to each toy were added by skilled woodworking craftsmen using modern equipment. It is always rewarding to watch capable woodworkers at play.
Above: All drilled holes were made with the drill press by drilling parts in batches. A belt sander was created perfectly smooth and flat large surfaces. This craftsman is also skilled at applying a perfectly sanded radius.
For the toys that needed a touch of color, paints like CraftSmart brand craft paints were used. The paints are non-toxic, child-safe and come in several colors. When used on bare wood the results are satisfying.
It’s recommended to paint the wood a couple of times sanding lightly with fine sandpaper between each coat. Applying four or five coats will result in a suede-like finish that shows only a little grain.