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How to Make a Paper Pinwheel

make paper pinwheelNo mechanical toy is more interesting to make, nor more interesting to watch in operation, than a miniature paper pinwheel. It is a very simple toy to construct, and the material for making one can Read more

Make Your Own Wooden Darts (1940’s)

Playing dart games is much more fun if you have well-made darts, so accurately machined that they will give a consistently uniform performance.

Ever play the game of darts with your lathe? It’s double-barreled fun, for after you have spent an enjoyable two or three hours making some darts, you can have the added pleasure of throwing them at a target.

Steps are illustrated in the machining of a dart body from a 7/16″ aluminum aircraft bolt. If round bar stock is used, the opera tions are the same.

Clamp the stock in a chuck or collet with about 1 3/4″ projecting. Face off the end if necessary. With a center drill in a tailstock chuck, spot a hole in the rod end; then drill it as shown in Fig. 1 to a depth of about 3/8″ with a bit of the diameter required to receive the steel point in a drive fit.

Machine about 1 1/2″ of the rod to a diameter of 3/8″, and round the end for a distance of 3/8″ as shown in Fig. 2 to a contour approximating that of the nose of a bomb or rocket. Knurl lightly as shown in Fig. 3 the next 3/8″ to enable you to get a firm grip on the dart when throwing it.

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Toddler Scooter Plans

Toddler Scooter/Walker Plans – Wooden

Make this Toddler Wooden Scooter Walker - FREE Plans there’s a small child in your home, why not take an evening or two to make this toddler scooter? Children like the toy because it glides in any direction. Keep in mind, this child’s walker pattern is from the 1940’s. In recent years, walkers had become a safety concern for parents. So please, when your little angel is enjoying this walker/scooter, observe all the usual safety precautions.

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The main frame require a piece of 5/8″ or 3/4″ plywood 9″ x 16″. Cut it to shape as shown in Fig. 1 and save the waste material to make seat brace. Either a jig saw, band saw or hand compass saw may be used for cutting the curves.

Make this wooden toddler scooter walker - free plans.For the seat, cut a plywood disk about 6″ in diameter as shown in Fig. 2. It is fastened with a couple of wood screws in such a position that the child can either sit or stand to manipulate the toy. It is well to have the youngster at hand for measurement as the work progresses. Brace the seat with scraps cut from the frame.

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The steering wheel is an 8″ plywood disk with a wooden knob to serve as a spinner. To a small child, this is one of the most attractive features of the toy, but the wheel must be strongly attached to withstand the punishment it is sure to get. This is accomplished by using two bolts locked so as to leave the wheel free to turn. The pipe-column support, which is 6″ long, is held in place with a piece of 1/4″ rod bent as shown in Fig. 3 and threaded at one end. The right-angle bend at the lower end is driven into a hole drilled in the front brace and held with a sheet-metal strap. Add a few washers if the rod is found a little too long.

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For the feet, use two pieces of 3/4″ plywood as shown in Fig. 1. Round the ends and attach to the frame with screws and glue. Four platform casters will be needed for wheels. Select heavy-duty, rugged casters; those with rubber roller are best to prevent marring floors. Don’t attach the casters until after the toy has been painted.

Make this wooden toddler scooter walker - Free Plans!A good glue and long wood screws properly placed will insure a rigid assembly that will not come apart. Drill for the wood screws to prevent the plywood from splitting.

Although the dimensions indicated are about right for the average youngster a year old, they may have to be modified to suit your child. The height is correct when the child is just able to walk with the toy between his legs and also to sit and push it with the feet. Make the dimension as large as possible to allow for a longer period of use as the child grows older.
The toddler scooter may be enameled or shellacked and varnished.

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4 Animal Puzzles

Wooden Animal Puzzle Toys to Make (1940’s)

4 Animal Puzzles

4 Wooden Animal Puzzles from the Vintage Info Network’s Vintage Toy Series.

4 patterns total  – pig, rabbit, elephant, lamb

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Doll Cradle to Make from Baskets (1920’s)

doll_cradle_from_basketsThis is an adorable doll cradle which is easy to assemble from common household objects.

What you will need:

2 baskets (1 for the bed part, 1 for the hood part)

2 wooden coat hangers (hooks removed)


clothe to line cradle

Now, to make the cradle:

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How to Make a Pinwheel (1900’s)

folded pinwheel

Figure 3 – Folding the Pinwheel

These are easy directions for making a simple pinwheel.

You will need:

  • construction paper – approximately 9 inches square (9 in. x 9 in.)
  • a straight stick/branch for the handle
  • a straight pin to hold the pinwheel onto the handle

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Balloon Hoop Toss Game to make (1940’s)

This game is easy and fun to put together – but not as easy to play.  This is great for keeping the kids occupied and fun for adults too.

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