Old Fashioned Toys From Christmas Past

Wood, thread spools, simple fasteners, cloth, and wire are all you'll need to make these old fashioned toys that have stood the test of time.

| November/December 1978

  • wood duck
    The concept for the wooden pull duck is similar to the dog, but only has one set of wheels.
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  • pullcar
    Finally, the wooden pull car.
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  • pullcar
    Use this diagram to assemble the pull car.
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  • pulldog
    A wooden pulldog, the first of our old fashioned toys. Follow the assembly diagram and you should end up with something that looks like the photo.
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  • pullcar
    Use this grid diagram to shape wood into the car body. The diagram is to scale.
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  • parachute
    The parachute and its assembly diagram.
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  • trapeze flipper
    This little gymnast will flip, flop, and fly for you.
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  • shape sorter
    Photo and assembly diagram for the shapes puzzle.
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  • slugger
    Use this diagram to assemble the little slugger.
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  • slugger
    Print and use this grid diagram to shape a piece of wood into the little slugger. The diagram is to scale.
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  • trapeze flipper
    Use this diagram to assembly the little gymnast.
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  • trapeze flipper
    Use this diagram to make the wooden pieces of the little gymnast. The diagram is to scale.
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  • spear the fish
    Photo, assembly diagram, and grid diagram for our spear the fish toy. The grid diagram is to scale.
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  • slugger
    Wind up this little slugger and watch him spin.
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  • whistle toy
    Photo and assembly diagram for the two-tone wooden whistle.
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  • snap toy
    Photo and assembly diagram for the snap toy.
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  • Print and use this grid diagram to obtain the right shape. The grid is to scale, so if you're using standard 8.5 x 10 paper try printing it longways.
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  • Use this diagram to assemble the pull duck.
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  • Use this grid diagram to shape a block of wood into the pull duck.
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  • wood duck
  • pullcar
  • pullcar
  • pulldog
  • pullcar
  • parachute
  • trapeze flipper
  • shape sorter
  • slugger
  • slugger
  • trapeze flipper
  • trapeze flipper
  • spear the fish
  • slugger
  • whistle toy
  • snap toy

Christmas (the season of sharing) isn't really Christmas unless you give a few toys to all those special "little folks" on your list. And here are some good, old fashioned toys that you can make yourself from hardly more than odds and ends lying around the shop.

Wooden Duck, Car and Dog

"When it comes to the construction of toys," says Billie R. Tyler of Otis, Oregon, "nothing beats the strength and reliability of a solid chunk of wood." And solid chunks of wood are exactly what Mr. Tyler uses in the three playthings that he's designed especially for toddlers.

The duck is made by tracing its pattern onto a 3/4"-thick piece of pine board that is at least 5 inches long and 3 inches wide.

Cut the wood to shape, drill a 3/8" hole through the duck's body, and sand the body smooth. The bird's wings and eyes are then burned or painted on each side of the piece of wood and (if painted) allowed to dry before the body is given a good protective coat of polyurethane.



Scrounge up a wooden spool, cut it in half, and cut a piece of 5/16" dowel to a length of 2 1/8". Securely glue one end of the dowel inside one half of the spool (so that the ends of both are flush). Then slip the "axle" through the hole in the duck's body, glue on the other half of the spool and check for free rotation of the wheels.

Paint the exposed portions of the wheels and axle with the polyurethane, screw a small "eye" into the front of the duck, tie on a stout string and the toy is complete (See Diagram).

www.EasyWoodwork.org
5/26/2018 10:17:15 PM

I use the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha. Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)







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