Author(s): Bob Gilsdorf
Inventive and unique, this dynamic collection of woodworking projects teaches the basic skills needed to make exciting, action-packed toys. From rapid-fire nickel launchers and ball-and-socket robots to a monkey-toss gumball machine, each project includes a colour photograph, a tools and materials list, a full diagram, woodworking plans and instructions for using the finished product. Covering all the methods necessary for creation - selecting wood, drilling and shaping, making wheels and axles, and decoration - these constructions are simple enough for children and parents to complete together, all in an afternoon's time.
Do you have a child who''s interested in woodworking? If you''re a parent who has tools, time, and some basic woodworking knowledge, then you and your child may enjoy completing the 28 projects found in "Zany Wooden Toys that Whiz, Spin, Pop and Fly" by Bob Gilsdorf.
In our current society where we are constantly bombarded with technology that provides instant gratification, the thought of actually making a toy sounds appealing. I think woodworking could provide an opportunity to teach kids about hard work and patience. Imagine, too, the pride they would feel when playing with a toy made by their very own hands.
The toy projects are divided into categories: Shooters, Launchers, Games, Toys, and Gumball Machines. Each project begins with a basic layout of the project followed by wood patterns, a list of materials and tools, and step-by-step instructions complete with photos or drawings. The material in this guide seems organized and easy to follow, but I do admit thi
Bob Gilsdorf works as an engineering manager for a semiconductor company that makes microcontrollers and memory chips, but he make toys, furniture and other wooden projects in his spare time.