Tons of fun for the kids and the whole family. Watch the eyes of a child light up when they see these toys! The woodworking plans listed in this category are pay plans. You can purchase from a a variety of reputable woodworking retailers, including our own online store. Traditional paper plans as well as downloadable plans are available. If you are looking for woodworking plans that being offered for free, please visit the tree below to begin your free woodworking plans search.
Boy scouts and other outdoor folks have made this curious device for many decades. They rubbed a stick over a larger notched stick to spin a twig nailed in the front. Ours uses dowels and a propeller. But what many do not know is while the notches are rubbed, the propeller can spin either direction without detection. Bystanders can ask yes questions (clockwise) or no questions (counterclockwise) for an answer and not know how the propeller knows. The secret technique comes with the plan.
The plan says: Straight from Santa-land, this festive little coach is a novel decoration for your table or mantle. From wheel tip to wheel tip it measures 17 inches and it is 11 inches high. Sturdy, it will last for years, freshened up with an occasional new coat of paint. We painted the model a sparkling white with gold wheels. Its roof is of gold paper pasted over a cardboard foundation, and a gold braid trimming may be purchased at any department store. You may want to select small figures for the interior or fill it with plastic greens, cones and ornaments as we did. Full size patterns which are easy to trace onto plywood and cut out.
All those little dinky cars and trucks pose a big problem: Finding a place to park them after playtime. This truck delivers a solution: Its triple-tray trailer holds 45 of the popular 3 inch long vehicles. A trailer-load of trays provides parking for lots of little cars. Cab measures 13 inches long and trailer measures 17 inches long.
Build this little puddle-jumper for any flying enthusiast, and you will see their spirits soar. Or, give this toy to a child, and watch an imagination take flight. Either way, you will be an aviation hero.
This plan includes the table, the straight and curved tracks and a five-car train. The table features two big drawers for storage. This is a vintage woodworking plan. Visit our FAQ page for a full definition. View the Larger Image Slideshow to see the actual item you are buying.
Another thriller for the youngest toy lover. A rapid pop on the lever at the side launches wood balls up a channel in the back to emerge from the opening on the top ramp. They zig zag down and out the bottom ready for another launch. Kids love to see how many balls they can keep in action. Project makes use of 1-1/2 inch diameter wood balls. Design is inspired by bright European colors to enhance the project.
This surprising little project is based on an antique 1920s metal wind-up toys. The wood versions roll down a double ramp to flip and land upright. A red ladybug and a yellow bus are detailed in the plan but you could paint them to be anything you want. Finished dimensions are approximate.
This wood rocket is patterned after rockets from the science fiction from the 1940s. The rocket itself can be built for play and display. Or build the entire project. Fun to watch, the rocket rolls along a string and when it hits the end, the bomb is released.
Make your own logs, roof boards and other pieces needed to create this wilderness cabin schoolhouse. The logs are made by ripping 3/4 x 3/4 inch strips of pine and then routing all edges. The trick is in knowing the lengths of each piece and where to cut the notches. All these questions are answered in the full size drawings included in the plan. Kids will have a great time stacking all the parts to assemble their very own old fashioned schoolhouse.
Modeled after the earthmoving monsters that roam large building sites, this sturdy truck makes moving lots of sand childs play for young construction hands. We built our dump truck from 1/2 inch thick pine, laminating material for the thicker parts. You can resaw and plane pine boards from the lumberyard or home center for the needed stock. A 1Ã8 and a 1Ã6, each 6 feet long, will provide more than enough material for one dump truck.
Kids will love tugging on this 3-foot long dragon, thanks to his flexible center core of canvas. That pliability gives Mr. Wiggles a mind of his own as his head and tail swing to and fro in random fashion.
Three mirrors multiply a stream of stars, moons, and planets into an every-changing visual delight. Start by gathering a few scraps of contrasting figured woods. Follow with simple construction, and you will have an heirloom toy for kids of all ages. We have included with the plan, the sources for hard to find parts, as well as plans for an optional display stand.
Trebuchet Trivia. A trebuchet (pronounced treb-you-SHET) was a medieval device used to hurl large stones and other heavy projectiles at enemy fortifications. Using the mechanical advantage of a counterweight to rotate an arm, the device could heave objects up to 350 pounds at high speed and hundreds of feet. The projectile was placed into a sling that was pulled along the platform. When released, the sling and arm rapidly rotated to the vertical position, where one end of the sling came free, releasing the projectile. This trebuchet measures approximately 5 inches wide, 12 inches long, and 17.5 inches high with the arm at the top position.
This catapult is based on early tension power catapults. This woodworking plan uses very large rubber bands for its power source. This project can launch a volleyball or soccer ball up to 60 feet! It is made mostly from standard size lumber. The patterns for all parts are drawn FULL SIZE.
This project is an exhibit of revolving colors! Endless varieties of spinning wooden discs and wheeled vehicles can be constructed to make their way down parallel ramps in mesmerizing fashion. As they drop from the last ramp, inertia propels them across the floor. Design is inspired by bright European colors to enhance the project.
This plan is for an upright panel for a clown, boy and girl characters. They slide and clatter down the pegged surface to the bottom. Other custom characters could be made by attaching trimmed family photos to fit the patterns for more family fun. The specially designed rear support locks at the proper tipped angle for operation. Two base options are included, clown shoes or a standard base. Design is inspired by bright European colors to enhance the project.
This is an enhanced version of a century old novelty. Kids loved to tie weights to a handkerchief and toss the bundle into the air to have it unfold and float to earth. Our wood version suggests the use of camouflage fabric with our wooden paratrooper.
Chickens Feed is a popular item made mostly in Czechoslovakia but this may be the only plan. Fine wood pieces are cut and fit to produce five feeding hens and little chicks. A weight below the paddle swirls around as the chicken's heads bob up and down to feed. Fun clicking sounds accompany the action. Finished dimensions are for the paddle part of the project.