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  1. #1
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    Sep 2007
    Central (upstate) NY

    idea for the wee-est Family members as they "join"

    quote from Ned's thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Baideme View Post

    What I think happened (and nobody really cares what I think) your little buddy in your avatar got to playing with the little blocks of wood and had so much fun you didn't have the heart to take them away.

    He's a cute little one.

    Aloha, Tony
    You know, maybe we could start welcoming new family members to the Family by checking in and seeing if folks might be willing to contribute an interesting offcut or two towards a block set for new wee ones.

    Since these toys will be eaten, licked, chewed and used as head bonkers (on self and others) we'd need to consider safety. Probably just plain unfinished is best and we'd need to be concerned about exotic species and sharp pointy shapes.

    Any thoughts on this idea?

  2. #2
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    Dec 2006
    I am imagining the damage a two year old could do with a mallet. I am willing make one, just tell me where to send it!

  3. #3
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    i think noisy toys would be good too
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  4. #4
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    Feb 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    My oldest son's first toy was a wooden "rattle". It was two disks with small dowels holding them together around the edges. The disks were center drilled with a larger dowel going through the drilled hole and a couple of caps glued to the ends. It spun and rattled at the same time. I'd be willing to whip up a few of them if we decide to start doing this.

  5. #5
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    Feb 2008
    East Freeetown, Massachusetts
    My daughter one day told me (she is now 30) that she remembers playing in the shop while I was doing shuff. She remembers all the blocks I made for her and how much fun she had with them.

    I told her that they were not blocks - that they were just scraps of wood.

    "I know" she said, "But you made them for me".

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    Growing up on a farm, we were besieged with equipment dealers trying to sell things and the best way to cement a farmer-client relationship was to donate a Ertle Tractor or two to the young ones. That means I had a lot of nice metal tractors as a kid. Still my favorite toy truck was a wooden thing my non-woodworking dad cobbled together from 2x4's, some wheels and a block of wood. It worked and would haul my "better tractors" everywhere. I still have the metal tractors, but that old wooden truck is gone. I sure wish I had that hideous looking truck back...hey it was ugly but my dad made it that beats a metal tractor given with an ulterior motive any day
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    My kids and i make toys fairly often. My only requirement is that we need to sketch it out first. If they can draw a picture of it (maybe with a bit of help), we can figure out how to build it and start right on in. A leaf blower, week wacker, lawn mower (picking up on a favorite theme here??? We actually have nothing more than a cheapo lawn mower) blocks, a blimp, several tools, and my son's mad obsession with making back scratchers. Often, when i'm in the shop, the two kids (5 and 7) are at their small bench just painting, sanding, planing, drilling or sawing bits from the scrap box. It's apparently great fun.
    I remember building roads and hills with the sawdust piles in my dad's shop.
    It's all good.
    As far as building blocks is concerned, i think it's hard to beat poplar. Non toxic, plentiful, inexpensive, and a close tight grain.
    Have fun with it.

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