Toys

The lathe is a wonderful machine for making parts for children toys or the entire toy. This section is dedicated to making projects available that are toys that can be made for children.

 

The MagFigure Toy The MagFigure Toy New Woodturning Projects by
By: Ian Salisbury
Most of the wood turned items we make just sit on a shelf to be looked at. So I was quite pleased when, last year for Christmas, my son asked if I could make an old-fashioned turned wooden toy for his five-year-old daughter. But he stated that it must have play content and be fun, not just a thing you look at, and no electronics.

 

The Toy Soldier's WifeThe Toy Soldier's Wife New Woodturning Projects by
By: Dennis Daudelin
I recently turned a toy soldier. It was my entry into my local woodworking club’s annual 2x4x8 contest. Based on the rules, I was only allowed to use a single 2x4x8 for the piece. It took me a while and several layouts to create my design. I had to make several glue-ups and then I turned, sanded, and painted the soldier. He is one foot tall.

 

Small Parts Regulations - Toys and Products Intended for Use by Children Under 3 Years Old
By: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision
This regulation was created to define a set of rules regarding products intended for children under three. The regulation prevents deaths and injuries from choking on, inhaling, or swallowing small objects they may "mouth".

This document should be mandatory reading for anyone making any objects that may be used or intended for children!!
Here is a more detailed, accompanying document.
http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=64b22586d47f20e7468274a7b8c52707&node=16:2.0.1.3.80&rgn=div5

 

Ball and Cup ToyBall and Cup Toy
By: Bob Hamilton
Bob Hamilton does a great job with this photo tutorial on how to make both the goblet-like cup and the ball in this old-fashioned play toy. Bob even provides assembly tips, thankfully because I would have never thought of how to do this easily!!

This is one of those timeless toys that children of all ages will enjoy.

 

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