Archive for the ‘Toys’ Category


Woodturning My Grandson’s Wood Ball With Bell Inside

May also be viewed on YouTube – But best right here! After visiting my grandson I wanted to turn something appropriate for his age. However, he’s 18 months and probably too old for a typical baby rattle. He’s very active so I decided to make a ball. However, a wood ball can be quite heavy […]

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Woodturning A Free Climbing Bear

May also be viewed on YouTube. In this project I re-create a climbing bear I had made for my children with one significant improvement — he’s round. The former bear was a flat piece of wood in somewhat the shape of a bear. While any self-respecting wild bear my not recoginize this one, I do […]

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Woodturning Fascination – A Woodpecker Toy

May also be viewed on YouTube This woodpecker toy has been on my To Do list for a very long time. The original was a small bird perched on a spring mounted on a small tube that fit over a stiff wire. The bird would rock back and for while travelling down the rod. He’s […]

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Woodturning Cat And Mouse Children’s Game

In preparation for my family reunion, I turned 11 mice and one (cat) bowl. To play: Each player has several tokens. Little chocolate candies are my favorite. All mice are placed in the middle of the playing area. Each player holds on to their own mouse’s tail. One player is the cat. The cat has […]

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Easy Woodturning Project – Mini Kaleidoscope

My brother returned from a vacation at Sedona Arizona with a kaleidoscope and pictures of kaleidoscope. He challenged me to do something similar. However, before going all out, I decided to complete a couple of “Mini Kaleidoscope” kits that I’ve had on hand for quite a while. My kits originally came from Craft Supplies USA. […]

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Making A Pinewood Derby Car – Turned On A Lathe?

When my son came over with his children to make their pinewood derby cars, he also challenged me to turn one on the lathe. I did not have a clue how to turn one — until the light dawned. So, I did not one but two. How do you turn a car on a lathe, […]

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A Halloween Witch’s Broom

To complete a Halloween witch’s accessories, a witch needs a high class broom. For the discriminating witch, we have a brand new broom turned by hand from locally harvested maple, finished with fine grit sandpaper (80 grit is a witch’s favorite) and a touch of fine beeswax and eye of newt.

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An Eccentric Scary Halloween Spider

I had a big problem coming up with a Halloween project. My wife came to my rescue suggesting a spider. This spider is an eccentric turning. Offsetting the tail end by nearly a half an inch flattened my pet spider’s bottom side so he will not sit high off the ground. I left him unsanded […]

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Woodturning A Handy Playing Card Holder

When my grandchildren come to visit, we often play games involving cards. But their hands are not big enough to hold their “Hands”. In the past, I have cut slots in flat pieces of wood to hold cards. But still, they would like to hold the cards in their own hands. After seeing a plastic […]

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How To Turn A Double Eccentric Magic Wand

In this video, I’m going another step beyond in eccentric turning. Building on a viewer suggestion to use masking tape to enable power transmission while backing off the pressure between tailstock and headstock. I made a pair of threaded faceplates in which I drilled holes to provide regular offsets. Corresponding holes would then be drilled […]

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