Friday, November 11, 2016

A Toy Steamroller

The plan for this item came from the "Great Book Of Wooden Toys", by Norm Marshall. The toy is a nice, hefty size at about nine inches in overall length. Here are a couple of views of it.

My version is not as perfect as the one pictured in the book, but overall I'm pretty pleased with it. Following are a couple of observations:
  • The copy of the book that I have is a 2009 revision of the original publication. On the cover there's a subtitle, "More Than 50 Easy-to-Build Projects".
Pardon my language, but 'easy-to-build' is hogwash. In my experience, toy making is far from easy -- it presents many technical challenges that will stretch a novice woodworker's skills and equipment to the limit. I get weary of seeing woodworking projects characterized as 'easy', when in fact they are far from it.
  • I like my axle/hub treatment better than I do the prototype's. See this post for an outline of how I make stub axles for wheeled toys.
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