Toy Gallery

Brian Bastow


Brian put together these toy kits for his grandson. They are made from Pine and are painted for easy assembly.
6/9/2017 Click on image to see closeup.

Dave Seidler


Dave made this Tricycle/cart for his 1 year old grandson.
5/5/2017 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Gene made this Jumping Jack toy from an old French design. It is made from plywood and finished in acrylic.
5/5/2017 Click on image to see closeup.

Bill Aurand


Bill made this Aggravation 2 sided board game from Sycamore, quarter sawn and finished it with Clear Polyurethane. Dave Seidler helped with making the hole templates in CAD software.
1/5/2017 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Lady Bug beetle toy. This toy has a hard shell and plastic wings. The finish is water based acrylic.
1/5/2017 Click on image to see closeup.

Aubrey Grey


Aubrey made this Pennyhedron from fence cedar and finished in shellac.
9/2/2016 Click on image to see closeup.

Randy Spengler


Randy made this rocket with his son as a project. It was also the only Challenge this month.
9/2/2016 Click on image to see closeup.

Bob Pollard


Push toy for the Silent Auction
8/12/2016 Click on image to see closeup.

Bill Aurand


Doll Beds submitted for the Silent Auction
8/12/2016 Click on image to see closeup.


Push toy for the Silent Auction (co-submitted with Arlen Handberg)
8/12/2016 Click on image to see closeup.

Arlen Handberg


Toy bed for the Silent Auction
8/12/2016 Click on image to see closeup.

Dan Waingrow


Dan made this Crayon Truck from a 2x4 for the challenge.
7/8/2016 Click on image to see closeup.

Richard Wiley


Richard made this Kangaroo Pull Toy from Ash. It is finished in lacquer.
7/8/2016 Click on image to see closeup.

Christian Ziegler


Chris made these small racers for the challenge. The are made from a Douglass Fir 2x4 and finished in paste wax. The axles are hand made from the 2x4.
7/8/2016 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Gene made this Bumble Bee from various hardwoods and acrylic. The paint is acrylic. The wings flap.
5/9/2016 Click on image to see closeup.

Joel Congelliere


Captured Ring game made from Osage Orange, Walnut and Maple; finished in oil.
1/8/2016 Click on image to see closeup.

Aubrey Grey


Two Toy Steam Engines made from miscellaneous scrap wood including Maple, Walnut, Caribbean Walnut, Mahogany. Finished in Shellac.
1/8/2016 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Gene made this Flying Toys from Basswood and finished them with Acrylic. Thie first and last are bats. The middle two pictures are of a parrot.
1/8/2016 Click on image to see closeup.

Larry Lichter


A Mystery Box made from Fir and Walnut. There is no finish. He has found nobody who can open it without instructions.
9/4/2015 Click on image to see closeup.

Arlen Handberg


Arlen gave this cricket for the auction. It is made from Ash and Alder.
8/8/2015 Click on image to see closeup.

Wolfgang Ludeking


These two Toy Trucks were donated by Wolfgang and are made from assorted woods.
8/8/2015 Click on image to see closeup.

Dick Elsley


Fire Engine Truck Kit made for his 3 year old grandson who will help finish it.
6/5/2015 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Farmer and Cow made from Baltic Birch and finished in Water Based Acrylic. The farmer's hands move up and down to milk the cow.

U.S. Open made from Baltic Birch and finished in Water Based Acrylic. The heads turn in unison as one cranks the handle.

Parot on an Perch made from Baltic Birch and finished in Water Based Acrylic. The wings flap when the lever is pushed.
6/5/2015 Click on image to see closeup.


Performer Toy
4/13/2015 Click on image to see closeup.

Dave Seidler


Cement Truck made from Walnut and Maple and finished in Polyurethane.
1/9/2015 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Santa Claus toy.
12/4/2014 Click on image to see closeup.


Gene's Crab Carving toy is finished in water based acrylic. The crab legs and claws move.

These are Pecking Hens finished in water based acrylic. The toy is activated by 'stirring' the panel allowing the large egg below to make the hens peck.
11/6/2014 Click on image to see closeup.


Gene's latest Mustache Man wiggles his eyes and his mustache when the crank is turned.
6/6/2014 Click on image to see closeup.

Claude Giddings


Butterfly
5/7/2014 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West



5/7/2014 Click on image to see closeup.


Peek-a-Boo pop-up man made from 1/4" plywood and finished in water based acrylic.

Tappin Toes. a crank operated toy, made from Poplar. The toes tap when crank is turned.
3/7/2014 Click on image to see closeup.

Brian Bastow


These Rubber Band Guns were made from kitchen upgrade scraps and dowels. The finish is polyurethane. The silencers increase the range.
2/7/2014 Click on image to see closeup.

Arlen Handberg


This fancy Toy Fire Truck is made from Oak, Mahogany, and Maple. The finish is lacquer.
2/7/2014 Click on image to see closeup.

Trudi Babich


Candy Corn Queen. The witch is made of basswood with acrylic paint, finished with Krylon Matte polyurethane. The base is pine with shellac.
11/17/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Arlen Handberg


Marble Gate. The wire gates allow one marble at a time to roll down and drop onto the lever which releases another marble until all the marbles have rolled down. It is made of poplar and has a lacquer finish. The kids enjoy playing with this game.
11/17/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Bill Battocchio


Bill make this Future Car for the toy challenge from Walnut and Maple. The finish is Polyurethane. Bill says it looks like a Prius.
9/6/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Dan Gallo


A Carousel Horse Puzzle cut using Scroll Saw from Maple. The base is Mahogany. The finish is a 50/50 mixture of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits. The topcoat is Deft semi-gloss spray lacquer.
9/6/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Dan Waingrow


Dan made this Teething Toys for his great grand-daughter.

This Snake Puzzle was hard to do, especially the painting!
9/6/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Bill Watkins


Bill made these Three Cars for the challenge
9/6/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Tom Denton


Tom made this Tic-Tac-Toe toy from solid oak. He is having trouble finding enough marbles, especially white ones. It has no finish.
9/6/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Gene brought this Magic Fish which was made by his friend Matt Pomerico from Paso Robles. The fish head and tail flop when the rod is moved back and forth. It is made from Paduk and White Wood and finished in Acrylic. There are magnets in the fish and in the rod.
6/7/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Brian Bastow


Brian's Truck & Trailer for his grandchildren. It is made from Ash scraps and finished in polyurethane. It has special round holes to hold play 'people' blocks.
4/5/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Tom Denton


Tom made these many Kaleidoscopes in a turning class in Arizona.
4/5/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Arlen Handberg


The Paddle Boat water toy made for the challenge (it floats). The woods are Alder and Mahogany. The finish is spar varnish.

Here is a fixture to make LOTS of the paddle boats!
3/8/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Chuck Pearson


A Paddle Boad for the challenge.
3/8/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Dan Waingrow


Paddle Boat for the Challenge.
3/8/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Bill Battocchio


Fish Puzzle (four of them) made from plywood.
1/11/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Joel Oksner


Cube in a Box... how do you do that?!
1/11/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Bob Pollard


Puzzle made from Canary Wood, plywood, and Olive. The finish is poly. Pieces in one way fill the area. In another way, there is a square in the middle.
1/11/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Dan Waingrow


Jigsaw puzzle of and for Dan's great grandson. The frame is Maple.
1/11/2013 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Pyramid Puzzel: two birch blocks have to be fit together to make a pyramid. Finish is water based acrylic.

Cross Country Skier made from Baltic Birch plywood and Basswood. The finish is water based acrylic. Turn the crank to see the skier move with internal wooden gears.
1/11/2013 Click on image to see closeup.


A Dinosaur, Clown, and Animated Moose Toy were all made this month by Gene West.
12/8/2012 Click on image to see closeup.


Gene this CPR Automata from Baltic Birch and Bass wood. The finish is acrylic. A doctor is giving CPR to a patient.
9/8/2012 Click on image to see closeup.

Bob Pollard


Bob Pollard brought his Gatling Gun in, having promised to complete it and cranked away at the audience with it.
4/7/2012 Click on image to see closeup.

Arlen Handberg


Marble pump by Arlen Handberg. A crank at the side pumps marbles to the top where they follow various paths to return to the pump.
4/7/2012 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


The Dancing Couple is finished in Acrylics. The crank activates the dancers and plays music.

Lion Tamer and Lion is made from plywood. The finish is Acrylic. This crank inserts the tamer's head into the lion's mouth.
2/3/2012 Click on image to see closeup.

Ron Ruckstuhl


Ron made these Swords for his daughter to practice Highland Dancing! They are made from plywood and painted.
1/6/2012 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Famous Gene made this intricate Carousel from Baltic Birch and dowels rods. The finish is water based Acrylic paint. It is crank driven and includes a music box. It has 16 animals, each separately carved and painted.
1/6/2012 Click on image to see closeup.

Arlen Handberg


Arlen did this Toy Airplane as a smaller scale version of the toy airplanes he usually makes. The wood is Mahogany and the finish is lacquer.

This Top is made from Alder and is finished in Lacquer. He made a special fixture to make the spinner of the top. He changed the shape from earlier versions so it would not be used as a slingshot!
1/6/2012 Click on image to see closeup.


Toy Ping Pong Gun made from Pine.

Example of wheels made with special router attached to metal lathe.
11/4/2011 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Push Up Man This is a marionette doing push ups. It is made from Baltic Birch and finished in Acrylic. A crank makes the man do the push ups.

Toothbrush Man This is the head of a man moving a toothbrush. It is made also of Baltic Birch and finished in Acrylic. A crank makes the toothbrush move backward and forward.
9/3/2011 Click on image to see closeup.

Bill Battocchio


Bill is doing the Toy Car for the toy project. The woods are Zircote, Walnut, ALder, Maple, Red Cedar, Baltic Birch Plywood, Fir and an unknown wood. The finish is Polyurethane. Approximate time of manufacture is 5 hours.
8/24/2011 Click on image to see closeup.

Arlen Handberg


Marble Stair is a game, turn the crank and the marble climbs the stairs. The wood is Mahogany and the finish Lacquer.
7/9/2011 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Two ball activated toys.
A gorilla grabbing for a banana is made from Bass wood and a natural branch. Finish is acrylic.
A six legged spider walks when the ball is shaken. The legs are plywood along with the paddle. The finish is acrylic.
6/4/2011 Click on image to see closeup.

Dan Waingrow


Dan's Flying Pig was made for the challenge
5/6/2011 Click on image to see closeup.

Bob Pollard


Bob made this working Catapult model from Mahogany, and it has no finish.
4/8/2011 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Three toys from Gene:
Alligator Marble Rocker feeds marbles from it's mouth
Marble Rocker feeds marbles by itself.
Alligator Pull Toy is an alligator on wheels with a moving mouth.
All are finished in acrylic.
4/8/2011 Click on image to see closeup.

Bob Pollard


Marble Climber toy is a kinetic machine using a crank and cams. It is made from Mahogany, Curly Maple, Buckeye Maple, Olive, Walnut and Oak and is finished in poly.
3/5/2011 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Gene's Walking Robot toy is made from various hardwoods and is finished in acrylic. With a little push, the robot will walk down a ramp.

This Jack-in-the-Box is cam operated. It is made from Baltic Birch and finished in acrylic.
3/5/2011 Click on image to see closeup.

Arlen Handberg


This Shed is made from unfinished Alder. If you open the door, it 'explodes' by a mouse trap mechanism.
2/5/2011 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Juggler aninated toy, you turn the wheel to play. It is made from Bass Wood for the figure and Poplar for the base. The finish is Acrylic.

Watch Rocky the Rocking Rhino walk down the ramp.

Gene made two of these from Swamp Ash and are finished in Acrylic.

1/7/2011 Click on image to see closeup.

Bob Pollard


Toy Thompson Machine Gun made from Beach Wood. The finish is Walnut and paint.
11/6/2010 Click on image to see closeup.

Aubrey Grey


Aubrey make this Cribbage Board from Red Oak scrap. The peg compartment cover was made from a piece of found wood given away at one of our meetings. The cover is held in place by four rare earth magnets. The pegs are made from maple and ebony.
9/7/2010 Click on image to see closeup.

Ron Ruckstuhl


This was the winning entry from the Great Race in August!
9/3/2010 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Politician Toy made from Baltic Birch and finished in Acrylic. The arms wave independently.

Barking Dog is a mechanical toy made from Curly Maple and finished in Acrylic. The dog lunges forward and the the mouth opens.

Carved Alphabet Plaque. We showed this before but now Gene has actually made the duplicate with the rubber mold.
9/3/2010 Click on image to see closeup.


Shut the Box Game Roll the dice to flip the numbered blocks. It is made from various woods and is finished in varnish.

Alphabet Wood Carving carved from Bass wood and Mahogany. All the letters are inter-twined. The finish is also varnish. He shows us a mold he intends to use to replicate the carving.

Airplane Toy This toy is joy stick controlable in all axes. Gene used various wood species and finished it in varnish. The airplane is mounted on a universal joint.
6/5/2010 Click on image to see closeup.

Jack Budny


This is a Time Learning toy to help 2-5 year olds to tell time. It is made from 1/2" plywood and painted.
6/5/2010 Click on image to see closeup.

Dale Iddings


Dale made the Jig Saw Puzzle Toys from Pine and Cedar. They are stained to make the contrasting colors.
1/7/2010 Click on image to see closeup.

Bob Pollard



12/3/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

Ron Ruckstuhl



12/3/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

Bob Pollard


This shows a Rubber Band Gun made from Beach and finished with Ebony stain and Walnut stain and Mahogany stain. The final coat is polyurethane. Also shown is a blank gun before final finishing.
11/6/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

W. Lee Truman


This cute Puzzle Toy disassembles into a doll house set of furniture!
11/6/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

Arlen Handberg


Arlen made this Marble Stair from his own Alder as a toy. It has no finish.
11/6/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Here are two more of Gene's special toys. The first is a Skittles Game where the pins are easily re-set by puling on the string! It is made from Maple and finished in Acrylic. The second is a prototype of the Maze Table Game donated to the Oxnard Children's Museum. It is made from various woods and can be tilted with offset cams under the maze. The finish is also Acrylic.
11/6/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

Dan Gallo


The Race Cars. The one on the left is Mahagony and Alder. The one on the right is Red Oak and Mahogany. Both cars cut out on a scroll saw! Both make from Arlen wood. Both finished with boiled linseed oil and Deft spray lacquer.
11/6/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

Dan Waingrow


This neat Dinosaur is made from Arlen Alder.
11/6/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

Paul Brockway


Race Car and Box made as toys.
11/6/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Gene made this Table Game for the Gull Wings Children's Museum in Oxnard. It is about 4 foot square and 27 inches high. I made it from Poplar that Brady Andresen sold me at his costs and he ripped all the board widths for me. Finished with High Gloss water based Acrylic. It takes two players to tilt the table using the control wheels. The table tips both ways while the players get a 2 inch ball to roll thru the maze.
The bottom view shows the control rods and cams.
10/4/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


Butterfly Toy A Monarch Butterfly mounted on a dowel make from various wood types. The finish is acrylic. The wings do flutter when activated.

Piano Player Toy Gene made this one from plywood and finished it in water based acrylics. The crank moves the arms and plays a music box inside.
9/4/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

John Fowler


This Heart Box was made from Oak in order to learn toy making. It is not yet finished.
8/7/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

Bill Battocchio


Bill made this Model Airplane from Arlen Wood.
7/4/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


This Robot Push Toy is finished with Water Based Acrylics. The head moves and bobs when pushed.

A Butterfly Toy is made from a design from India. It is made with 1/8" plywood and dowels. The finish is Water Based Acrylic and Varnish. The Wings flap when block is pushed and pulled on the rod.

A Whirly-Twirly Doll from another Indian design. The materials are various woods and wool hair. The finish is Water Based Acrylic. This is to teach centrifugal force to children.
7/3/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

James Kostrab


These small Puzzles are NOT Arlen Wood, but the fixture is!
7/3/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Flying Pig is automated made from Swamp Ash. It is finished in Acrylic. The Scotch yoke moves the wings.
6/5/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


Boxing Bear and Punching Bag is also automated. It is made from Bass wood and finished in Acrylic. The toy is activated by the ball.
6/5/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


The Bucking Mule is made from Swamp Ash and finished in Acrylic. It is also is animated as the Mule and it's feet move with a string.
6/5/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


This Dragon Fly is a miniature of a larger one he made before. This one is made from Walnut and finished in Acrylic. It is animated by rolling on a flat surface.
6/5/2009 Click on image to see closeup.


The Swimmer is an articulated model of a swimmer in motion. The arms swing from a pulley turned by a crank and steel spring belt. The wood is Swamp Ash and the finish Acrylic.
6/5/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

Bob Pollard


Bob built this Curtis P-40 Tomahawk from Red Oak and Pine dowel and a Beechwood base. The finish is linseed oil. The base is finished in light Oak stain. This is a model of the plane flown in China before WWI by the Flying Tigers.
5/8/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

Dan Gallo


Dan build this Marble Lifting Machine project from Red Oak and Mahogany. It is finished in boiled linseed oil.
5/8/2009 Click on image to see closeup.

Arlen Handberg


Arlen made this Pull Boat as a prototype for this year's toy project. It is made from Alder and Mahogany and finished in lacquer and wax.
9/5/2008 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Gene made this Ocean Wave toy. Turning the crank makes the waves and boats move. It is made from Walnut and Oak. It is finished in water based acrylic.
9/5/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


Roller Coaster Toy. This toy has two small cars riding on separate eccentric rotating roads. It is made from plywood and finished in water based acrylic.
9/5/2008 Click on image to see closeup.

Dan Gallo


This Rolling Grasshopper is made from Mahogany and Walnut. It is finished in boiled linseed oil.
9/5/2008 Click on image to see closeup.

James Kostrab


Here is pair of large Dice made for the big rollers.
9/5/2008 Click on image to see closeup.

Anonymous


Whoever made this wonderful toy did not leave his/her information.
8/8/2008 Click on image to see closeup.

Mark Cher


This Marble Slide game was build by Mark from plans supplied by member Gene West. It is made from various woods and finished in gel stain.
7/4/2008 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Master Gene made this Dog Barking at a Screeching Cat from Mahogany and Walnut. The finish is water based Acrylic. When the handle is cranked, the tails wag and the dog barks.
4/4/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


On the left, Gene made a height gage. On the right is a table saw push jig to keep the hands away from the blade when pushing small pieces.
1/4/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


Gene made these two toys this month. The left one is a Mechanical Model demonstrating conversion of rotary motion to linear motion. It is made from Baltic Birch and finished in water based Acrylic. The Spinning Toy on the right is made from various woods. It represents a Ballet Folklorico Dance. It is finished in water based Acrylic.
1/4/2008 Click on image to see closeup.


Boy on a Swing. This toy is made from various woods and is finished in water based Acrylic.
11/3/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


Gene's Trapeze Acrobat is made from various woods and is also finished in water based Acrylic.
11/3/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


Gene made this basketball toy as a prototype for the toy workshop.
9/7/2007 Click on image to see closeup.

Richard Kingsbury


This picture does not do justice to Richard's game board entry to the challenge.
8/4/2007 Click on image to see closeup.

Arlen Handberg


This is Arlen's special Tic Tac Toe game made from Walnut and finished in Lacquer.
8/3/2007 Click on image to see closeup.

Dan Gallo


Cube in a Cube. How is it done? Hint: large Forstner Bit!
Marble Coordination Game. Wood: Red Oak, Cherry, Mahogany, and Baltic Birch Plywood. Finish: Watco Danish Oil and topped with Deft Satin spray Lacquer.
Pencil in a Board. How is this done? There are no cut or glue lines and no glue is used.
8/3/2007 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Gene made this Ball activated Rabbit Drummer and Crank Operated Canoe Ride. The rabbit is made from Sugar Pine, the Canoe ride from Alder and Baltic Birch. The finish is water based acrylic.
4/7/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


These goodies from Gene are first, a Valentine Toy. The Valentine Toy is a man and a woman who catch a kiss when the crank is turned. It is made from Baltic Birch.
The second is a Push-pull Toy depicting two robins feeding worms to the chicks. It is made from Baltic Birch and is finished with acrylic paint and gloss.
3/1/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


This project of Gene's is a Carved Fish Toy. It is made from Bass wood and Swamp Ash. The finish is water based acrylic. The fish moves when one turns the crank.
2/2/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


This Bird Toy has a Blue Bird an Goldfinch on a log. It is made from Bass wood and a log which Gene found. The finish is also water based acrylic. The birds peck when the crank is turned.
2/2/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


Gene Made this Dinosaur Toy from Alder and finished it in Water Based Acrylic. The legs move and the mouth opens.
1/6/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


This "Little Piggy" made by Gene Made this from Alder and finished in Water Based Acrylic is also an action toy. The hands clap, the head turns, and the mouth opens by turning the crank.
1/6/2007 Click on image to see closeup.


Gentlemen Admirers -- Gene made this new mechanical toy from a Walnut base and the figures are carved from Basswood. The finish is Polycrylic. Both men doff their hats to the lady.
11/3/2006 Click on image to see closeup.


Egg Mill or Egg Beater This is a spinning toy popular in the 15th Century. It was made from Birch and is finished in Polycrylic. The toy rotates like a top when the string is pulled.
11/3/2006 Click on image to see closeup.


Carousel by Gene. It is mounted on a lazy susan so it spins freely. It is made from Baltic Birch plywood and finished in Water Based Acrylic paints. There are eight different animals, not just horses.
9/8/2006 Click on image to see closeup.

Marshall Nathanson

Here is the ninth Rocking Horse made by Marshall from skills learned from Gene Strojek. This one is made from Clear Pine and Mahogany. It is finished in Spar Urethane.
Click on image to see closeup.
8/4/2006

Bob Pollard


Bob made this Miniature Marshmallow Long Rifle from Red Oak, Brass, and PVC. It is actually a blow gun. The finish is Mahogany Rub and it really shoots!
7/7/2006 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


This project is an Alpine Ride made from Pine and Laminate. It is finished in water based polyurethane. It is an action toy with a race car which navigates the alpine slopes.
7/7/2006 Click on image to see closeup.

Arlen Handberg


The first is a Tic Tac Toe game made from Walnut and finished in Lacquer. The gate on the end exposes holes for the marbles used to play.
7/7/2006 Click on image to see closeup.


The Toy Tractor is made from Pine and is also finished in Lacquer.
7/7/2006 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Gene carved these Kangaroo Toys. The one on the left is made from Mahogany and finished in Polycrylic. It jumps when you pull the boomerang. The one on the right is made from Baltic Birch and is finished in water based paint. Here you turn the crank to make him jump.
5/4/2006 Click on image to see closeup.

Stephen Case-Pall

Stephen calls this his Purim Grogger or Gas Alarm. It is made from Oak, Maple, and Brass.
Click on image to see closeup.
4/10/2006


Gene built this Mechanical Model to demonstrate rotary motion to reciprocal for the children's museum. It is made from Walnut, Mahogany, and Birch. It is finished in Polycrylic.
3/3/2006 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West

Gene's Bell Ringer is one of Gene's latest. Pull the string to activate a man to ring a bell. It is made from Baltic Birch and finished in Acrylic.
Click on image to see closeup.
2/3/2006

Industrial Revolution is a crank toy which activates the angel and the devil. It is constructed of varios hardwoods and is finished in Acrylic.
Click on image to see closeup.
2/3/2006

Dan Gallo

Dan built this Otter Puzzle for the one board foot February challenge. It is made of Mahogany and finished with Deft Spray.
Click on image to see closeup.
2/3/2006

Mark Cher


This Marble Slide Game was made by Mark from various woods and finished in polyurethane. He gives his thanks to Gene West.
1/6/2006 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Gene took more than two months to construct this 1/4 size Carousel Horse from Sugar Pine and Bass Wood. The finish is Acrylic.
11/4/2005 Click on image to see closeup.

Marshall Nathanson

These Cedar Boxes were made as Jewel Boxes for the toy workshop. Made from Aromatic Red Cedar they are finished in Tung Oil and Wax. You can make your own and many more for the children at Marshall's Christmas toy workshops.
Click on image to see closeup.
9/5/2005

Gene West

Here is Gene's latest construction. This is a Table Top Rolling Ball Structure. It is a marble roll toy made from a variety of woods and finished in water based polyurethane.
Click on image to see closeup.
9/5/2005


These are Gene's latest additions: First is a Sailer up the Mast action toy. It is made from Baltic Birch and Mahogany and finished in Acrylic. The figure climbs up when the buoy is spun.
The second is a Spinning Dolphin. It is made from Birch and Poplar. It is finished in Acrylic. See the Dolphin spin!
7/8/2005 Click on image to see closeup.


Gene's first toy is a Spinning Parrot which is made from plywood and is finished in water based acrylic. This is a unique way of hanging a bird to free wheel.
Gene's second toy this month is a Marionette. It is made from Birch and Bass wood. It is unfinished now. The special joints make movement movement more realistic.
6/3/2005 Click on image to see closeup.

Arlen Handberg


Arlen built this Airplane Rocker for his granddaughter. It is made from scrap oak and finished in Urethane. The plan was from the Cherry Tree.
6/3/2005 Click on image to see closeup.

Bill Aurand


Bill make this Master Lock from Mahogany, Oak, Maple and Alder. The finish is Minwax Poly Acrylic. The lock does work.
5/5/2005 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


A Marble Cascade is built to entertain by having marbles roll down the six cups. It is made from Alder and uses a scroll sawn Walnut label. The finish is various color water based Acrylics.
5/5/2005 Click on image to see closeup.


These three are Gene specialty animated toys. They are Clown on a two wheeler, Feed the Dog, and Ice Skaters. They are all made from Baltic Birch and finished in Water Based Acrylic.
5/5/2005 Click on image to see closeup.

Mark Cher


Mark build this Marble Tower as a toy from various woods. It is finished in Tung Oil.
5/5/2005 Click on image to see closeup.

Bill Gourlay

Shut the Box game box is made from Walnut and Poplar with Purple Heart splines. Special Walnut stain and Tung Oil finishes the project.
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4/8/2005

Marshall Nathanson

This Rocking Horse is made from clear Pine and finished in spar urethane.
4/8/2005 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Here is another series of toys from Gene West. The first is a Baltic Birch Bucking Bronco finished in water based polyurethane. The second is a farmer driving his pig also made from Baltic Birch. It is finished in polyurethane. The third is a Woodworker Sawing a Log made from Baltic Birch and finished in polyurethane. All are crank operated with cranks made from clothes hangers.
4/8/2005 Click on image to see closeup.

Bill Gourlay

Puzzle Box. Plans found at http://www.gtcreations.com/appleseed/. Started by gluing up 7 pieces of Poplar (ea. 1x4x6). Bookmatched the ends (alternated the end grain) which you can see on the left side of the first picture. Finished with Sanding Sealer, Tung Oil and Finishing Wax.
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3/9/2005

Gene West


This Farmer and his Mule is an articulated toy. It is made from Mahogany and finished in polyurethane. It is fully animated!
3/3/2005 Click on image to see closeup.


This Tumble Box is made to let children watch the marbles fall through the lattice. It is made from Pine, Wenge, and Alder. The finish is water based polyurethane. The sound is neat too.
3/3/2005 Click on image to see closeup.


This Tic Tac Toe is an extra large game board. It is made from plywood, Mahogany and Alder and finished in polyurethane. The playing pieces are made from 2"x2" wood.
3/3/2005 Click on image to see closeup.


Gene made the rolling ant articulated rolling toy from Alder, for the body, and Birch, for the legs. The finish is Polyurethane.
The Giraffe Bank is made from MDF and Baltic Birch plywood. The finish is Polyurethane and paint. The coins feed through the mouth.
2/5/2005 Click on image to see closeup.

Bill Waters


Bill Waters made this Snake Puzzle from Doit Center #2 Pine and finished it with Acrylic Paints. It can be put together by kids of any age!
2/4/2005 Click on image to see closeup.

Mark Cher


This Merry Go Round Music Box is made from pine and finished in acrylic. It plays the Carousel Waltz.
1/7/2005 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Smiling Crab Gene's latest mechanical toy is a smiling crab. It is made from Mahogany and Birch and finished in Polyurethane. The pincers, legs and eyes all move.
11/4/2004 Click on image to see closeup.


This Rolling Spider Toy won first prize at the Ventura County Fair. It is made from Walnut and Birch and finished in water based polyurethane. The legs move, pincers open, and the eyes roll as the toy is pulled along the floor.
9/2/2004 Click on image to see closeup.

Bob Fahrnbruch


Puppet is made from Walnut, Ash, Ebony, Vermilion, Purple Heart, Oak and Plum and finished in Tung Oil. The pieces are lathe turned.
9/2/2004 Click on image to see closeup.

Don Andrews


These are Don Andrews' toys for Christmas. They are trucks, puzzles, and plaques made from a mix of woods. They are finished in Deft.
8/6/2004 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West


Toy Turtle: Gene's entry this month is this toy turtle made from Adler, Cherry and Walnut. It is finished in Acrylic. The head, tail and legs all move when pushed or pulled along a table or the floor.
7/2/2004 Click on image to see closeup.


This wonderful depiction of Noah's Ark is made by our Gene West and populated by the members of the Channel Islands Carvers. It will be part of a raffle benefiting Raul Castro who was recently disabled doing volunteer work.
6/5/2004 Click on image to see closeup.


Gene made this butterfly from plywood and lots of paint!
6/5/2004 Click on image to see closeup.


Gene added to his collection of wooden locks with these two beauties. The barrel lock works with an internal wooden screw. The other works with the external push buttons. The wood is assorted and finished in polyurethane.
5/6/2004 Click on image to see closeup.

Drinking Cats Toy


Gene West this 'Drinking Cats' ball activated toy from alder, walnut and mahogany. The finish is water based acrylic.
4/1/2004 Click on image to see closeup.

Toy master Gene West saw a carved piano player and thought he could do something with that idea... here it is! This set of carved fingers is activated by a crank with cams on it. The fingers are poplar and the base soft maple. It is finished in polyurethane.
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3/5/2004

Toy Project

Cedar Boxes

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This is a photo of 100 cedar boxes made at Marshall Nathanson's Christmas toys workshop last year as part of the overall club toy project. These are aromatic red cedar keepsake boxes, made by 9 club members in assembly line fashion for the 2003 Christmas toys project. Made from cedar closet lining stock, finished in tung oil, rubbed out with steel wool and waxed.
2/24/2004 Click on image to see closeup.

Gene West

Miniature Piano and Player

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Miniature Piano and Player with action
3/25/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Bill Gourlay

Coin Banks

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Bill made these coin banks from poplar and painted them with acrylics. They consist of a Frog, a Ladybug and twin Beagles for his twin grandsons. Plans for the Beagles and Ladybug were obtained from the Meisel Hardware Specialties catalog. Bill designed the Frog bank.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Doll Cradles

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Bill designed and built these doll cradles for two neighborhood sisters.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Bandsaw Boxes

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Bill learned how to make these heart bandsaw boxes at CVWA. He has made and painted several for neighborhood children.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Heirloom Rocking Horse

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Bill made this solid ash rocking horse from plans obtained from the Cherry Tree catalog. It was created originally for his first two grandchildren. Bill attaches 1" x 3" brass plaques to the crosspieces with the full names and birth dates of each grandchild who rides the horse. The family tradition is that the rocking horse custody remains with the parents of the last grandchild born until he/she outgrows it. It is then passed on to the parents of the next child in line. As of 01/01/03, there were 5 brass plaques on the rocker. The intent is to keep this heirloom rocker moving down the family tree and it's sturdy enough to last hundreds of years.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Marble Tower

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Bill made this marble game, primarily from poplar, using plans obtained from the Meisel Hardware Specialties catalog. This project took two months to build, as several parts had to be re-made before they were acceptable. For example, the troughs at the top had to be custom cut to fit various angles on the tower, which continually increases in diameter from top to bottom. A key feature of this project is that, once primed, marbles are automatically fed, one at a time, into the trough. Ten marbles rolling over the course make plenty of noise and fascinate the grandchildren and neighborhood kids.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Penguin See Saw

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Bill built this toy from plans provided by our own Gene West, who had earlier brought one to Show & Tell. As it rocks back and forth, the arms and legs swing freely. A heavy oak counterweight is key to its functionality.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Toy Dog

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Bill made this toy dog for his granddaughter. It's a simple bandsaw project. Plans for 84 different "layered animals" can be found in The Winfield Collection catalog.
2/24/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

2002 Christmas Toy Project

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(Thanks to the people who took these many pictures of the Christmas toys. Bill Aurand took most of them.) Conejo Valley Woodworkers' Association out did themselves in 2002. Bill Aurand was chairman of the Christmas Toy Project, "Thanks Bill." The wooden toys were made by various members and few were donated by the Glendale Woodturner's Guild. There were cars, trucks, helicopters and boats by the dozen. The total count for all the toys was over 1000. Some toys were designed especially for girls. The doll cribs were fantastic. The Scroll Saw Heart Boxes were individually paint. Thanks to some none members as well as members who did an excellent job of painting. There were also some heart shaped wanes that were decorated. The bears are the result of one lady who gave up her long time collection of stuff bears for children's Christmas presents. The toys were given to the Interface organization who distributed them. In most cases the parents of children picked out the toy/toys for their children. This allowed the parents to have some pride in giving a Christmas present to their children who might not have anything to give without these toys. Thanks to Bill Aurand for taking these pictures. Here are more of the 1000 Christmas toys made by the Conejo Valley Woodworkers' Association for Christmas 2002.
1/13/2003 Click on image to see closeup.

Bandsaw Heart Boxes

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Bandsaw boxes, air dried 4x4 redwood, finished natural (no stain or varnish). Boxes built for Christmas toys project in club workshops by various members.
9/21/2002 Click on image to see closeup.