Paperback: 223 pages
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (October 1, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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I bought this book on the idea that my son would be interested in building things together. Many times he wanted to build something and I was short on ideas. He looked through this book and is very excited. Most of the projects are fairly simple and can be built quickly (a plus if your child has a short attention span). Most can be made from scrap wood, glue, rubberbands and simple hand tools. The book is full color with pictures and step by step instructions.
My son is at a disadvantage as I can't build much. Yet, this book simply shows even someone like me how to build the creative toys Mr. Gilsdorf has devised.I strongly recommend this great book!
I was excited to receive this book and imeadiately decided to try a simple project from it. The projects aren't hard and the schematics are easy to understand but be aware that some modification may be nessesary. Fortunately, I do have some experience with making toys so the changes were easy for me. The author does try to encourage the reader to improvise and make their own designs. I recommend this book but be aware of some modification by you. The toys are enjoyable and would be appreciated by most active kids.
This book puts the fun back into playing with your kids beyond the electronic world we're living in. Turn off the computer and the game machines and create your own fun with the help of this fabulous book. Its so easy to tell the kids to turn off the tv and go outside and play, especially if you JOIN them, with the details supplied and the laughs that will follow. I highly recommend this book for all parents and anyone who has the privilege to play with kids!
Zany Wooden Toys shows even a guy that cuts everything too short how he can make fun incredible toy projects without getting frustrated! The instructions are written clearly and with a lot of fun built-in. This is a great book that EVERY father AND mother should have; maybe even share with the kids if you can stop long enough! Sorry Santa, this book will give everybody a chance at being an Elf! Get it now and begin your Christmas projects right away!
one of my favorite books on toy ideas. the book isnt ful of advice on tools it does have some but I wanted a book on ideas not how to use the tools. still there is enough knowledge to show someone new to the craft the basics on how to use the tools, most toy building books use over half the book on showing the use of tools I know the tools, I buy the books for there ideas. this was a great one. one thing I have noticed is that they show the wrong way to use a coping saw, put the handle under the work and watch where the blade goes on top. using an up and down motion to move the blade. can find a lot on the internet on the tools, the book was great.
These projects are to be done together with your child and not by the child alone on thier own. With that said these are the perfect projects to do with your child. The instruction are pictured and numbered so very little room for error. There is a checklist for supplies before you start so no confusion on that part. One of the adult scout leaders ( a capenter ) God bless him made one hundred of the cross bow complete with tissue ammo. The kids piece them together and loved them. Also can shoot marshmellows pretty far too. Get for a den leader or any parent trying to show thier kid thier way around some basic woodworking and how to handle screwdriver, hacksaws and hammers.
I purchased this on the recommendation of a friend. It was not as well thought out as he indicated. In fact I was disappointed overall with the patterns and ideas given. They work but just didn't turn me on.
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