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A Treasury of Wooden Toys, Volume 4
by Jim Humphries

Overview


A Treasury of Wooden Toys, Volume 4 offers home craftsmen detailed "how-to" construction information for building a selection of fine wooden toys. The seven full-color, illustrated chapters contain step-by-step instructions for building a classic sport plane, a storybook toy car, an old French army tank, and two designs of pull toys. A Mack dump truck and an antique steamroller complete the book. Several of the projects utilize a wood lathe, or alternate construction of component parts. Each chapter includes full-size, dimensioned scale plans drawn by the author. The pull toys, a mechanical turtle and a mechanical lady bug, have moving legs which oscillate realistically to delight a young child. The Mack dump truck rolls on commercially-available turned wooden wheels. Its dump bed can be manually raised to empty the contents. Mack trucks have a mystique all their own, and this near-scale model won't disappoint. The toys in this volume are intended for children old enough to be taught how to operate them and care for them. The old Aveling and Porter 1898 vintage road machine is included as the last chapter to appeal to the experienced craftsman with a well-equipped woodworking shop. It includes large, spoked wooden drive wheels with carefully-detailed instructions for making them in a home workshop. The boiler, the drive wheels, the front roller and the smokestack are all made on the lathe. The steamroller is functional and, in appearance, is near scale. As the big drive wheels roll, the flywheel is driven through a simple hairband, and rotates in the opposite direction, turning a wire crankshaft that drives an oscillating piston. The movement of these components is a major attraction of the model. It features a canopy which doubles as a handhold to drive the toy. Although an intricate project, it is designed to be sturdy, and tough enough for child's play after an adult explains the care required to use it with it without damaging it.
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Description


In this detailed "how-to" book of wooden toy projects, the home craftsman will find full-color illustrated chapters with instructions for building and operating functional toys. Adult supervision is emphasized to initially explain to a child the care and use of each unique hand-built toy. They represent the happy domain between intricate scale models and functional, near-scale toys. Each will also appeal to adults who will be fascinated to see them in motion, some with moving parts linked to the wheels. They are designed for imaginative and constructive play, rather than watching an electrically-powered automaton do its own thing. It is hoped that these toys will last a child's lifetime, and be handed down through generations. Each project will make a handsome display in a child's room, and will reflect the skill and effort of the builder.
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About the author


Jim Humphries is a retired U.S. Air Force command pilot with 10,000 hours of flying time. In 1956, he earned his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson College, and continued his graduate engineering education at the University of Michigan while on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, eventually earning master's degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Using his extensive engineering and aviation background, he designs and builds quality wooden toys, many of which have survived through generations. He has been married to his wife, Marsha, for over sixty years. they have two grown sons, nine grandchildren, and have begun having great grandchildren.
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Book details

Genre:CRAFTS & HOBBIES

Subgenre:Wood Toys

Language:English

Series title:A Treasury of Wooden Toys

Series Number:4

Pages:250

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781667809755


Overview


A Treasury of Wooden Toys, Volume 4 offers home craftsmen detailed "how-to" construction information for building a selection of fine wooden toys. The seven full-color, illustrated chapters contain step-by-step instructions for building a classic sport plane, a storybook toy car, an old French army tank, and two designs of pull toys. A Mack dump truck and an antique steamroller complete the book. Several of the projects utilize a wood lathe, or alternate construction of component parts. Each chapter includes full-size, dimensioned scale plans drawn by the author. The pull toys, a mechanical turtle and a mechanical lady bug, have moving legs which oscillate realistically to delight a young child. The Mack dump truck rolls on commercially-available turned wooden wheels. Its dump bed can be manually raised to empty the contents. Mack trucks have a mystique all their own, and this near-scale model won't disappoint. The toys in this volume are intended for children old enough to be taught how to operate them and care for them. The old Aveling and Porter 1898 vintage road machine is included as the last chapter to appeal to the experienced craftsman with a well-equipped woodworking shop. It includes large, spoked wooden drive wheels with carefully-detailed instructions for making them in a home workshop. The boiler, the drive wheels, the front roller and the smokestack are all made on the lathe. The steamroller is functional and, in appearance, is near scale. As the big drive wheels roll, the flywheel is driven through a simple hairband, and rotates in the opposite direction, turning a wire crankshaft that drives an oscillating piston. The movement of these components is a major attraction of the model. It features a canopy which doubles as a handhold to drive the toy. Although an intricate project, it is designed to be sturdy, and tough enough for child's play after an adult explains the care required to use it with it without damaging it.

Read more

Description


In this detailed "how-to" book of wooden toy projects, the home craftsman will find full-color illustrated chapters with instructions for building and operating functional toys. Adult supervision is emphasized to initially explain to a child the care and use of each unique hand-built toy. They represent the happy domain between intricate scale models and functional, near-scale toys. Each will also appeal to adults who will be fascinated to see them in motion, some with moving parts linked to the wheels. They are designed for imaginative and constructive play, rather than watching an electrically-powered automaton do its own thing. It is hoped that these toys will last a child's lifetime, and be handed down through generations. Each project will make a handsome display in a child's room, and will reflect the skill and effort of the builder.

Read more

About the author


Jim Humphries is a retired U.S. Air Force command pilot with 10,000 hours of flying time. In 1956, he earned his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson College, and continued his graduate engineering education at the University of Michigan while on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, eventually earning master's degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Using his extensive engineering and aviation background, he designs and builds quality wooden toys, many of which have survived through generations. He has been married to his wife, Marsha, for over sixty years. they have two grown sons, nine grandchildren, and have begun having great grandchildren.
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