Building Homemade Toys for the Holidays

Ever consider building homemade toys for the holidays? You probably already have the odds and ends necessary to make these great old-time playthings, including toy patterns: boom crane, buzz bomber and a doll cradle.

| November/December 1982

This article shows you how to start building homemade toys for the holidays. 

The holiday season's here again, and that means it's time to start figuring how to be sure there are toys under the tree come Christmas morn! But there's no need to sabotage your savings account (if you're one of the lucky folks who still have one) for a passel of fancy storebought amusements. MOTHER's workshop elves have been busy cobbling up a few goodies for their youngsters . . . and you can duplicate those efforts by referring to the dimensions provided on the accompanying grid diagrams, and following the suggestions given in our descriptions of each toy. We think you'll agree that these playthings are sturdy and easy to assemble. Perhaps best of all, building homemade toys for your children can provide you with the satisfaction of a job well done . . . and your children with the pleasure that comes from being able to say, "Mom (or Dad) made this for me!"

Boom Crane Homemade Toy

The cab of our handcranked crane is formed by sandwiching a boom (cut from 1 by 6 pine) between two pieces of 2 by 6. A cardboard template will, of course, allow you to trace the proper shape on each section of wood so that you can cut it out with a coping or band saw.

Before joining the three pieces, be sure to drill the series of 1/2 inch and 3/8 inch holes in the boom (plus the 1/8 inch nose hole and a guide slot), as well as the 9/16 inch and 1-3/4 inch openings in the cab's sides. Then you can go on to yellow-glue-and finish-nail-the parts together.

The crane's chassis, too, is best formed by using a template. Once that base is complete, you can bore two 9/16 inch axle holes and a 1-1/16 inch pivot sleeve through it.

To assemble the components, simply glue and nail the round platform to the cab-and-boom assembly, bore a 1 inch hole into both, and glue the pivot pin in place. Then, once you've slipped the shaft into its chassis sleeve, a short 1/8 inch dowel, pressed through a hole at the end of the pin, will keep everything together.

2/17/2014 8:52:42 AM

Its a good idea of making the baby toy in the holiday season, most of the people think to do something extra and it will give them more satisfaction. Making baby toys is very interesting, for the toys there are some materials need and purchase them from the market and make as per the choice.

1/16/2010 5:21:05 AM

I wish to thank everyone whom composed this website its been and is very informative. Most of all it gives good ideas and tips for just about any project. So far I have spent several interesting hours on your site to to the information that is greatly usefull and appreceiated. Thank You, Warren E. Crotwell

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