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About banderson

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    Making toys and plans. I always want to learn more and develop my skills.

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  1. I was forwarded this bit because I mainly make toys. Does this scare the hell out of any one else?,0&keywords=49528
  2. Tite bond will not stick to melamine. You can rough it up but you would need to take at least some of it to bare wood. I don't think there are many things that stick to melamine. I know mastic does not work either.
  3. Great job. First time I have seen the floating table design.
  4. I have been on Etsy for about a year now and do not sell a lot by choice. I mostly sell plans because I never know what my full time job will do to my schedule. I have a huge fear of not being able to finish a project and ruining a child's present. (I make mostly toys). What I do put on Etsy is pre-made so I have inventory that I maintain. Most of my toy sales come from displays or pictures through Facebook and a blog. All of my plan sales have come through Etsy. Etsy is a place that is set up for handmade items so it already brings in the traffic that you want to see your product. Great place to be seen, but with lots of other people. I would not make items too big to ship. They tend to get damaged. Shipping is not that big of a deal as long as you calculate it correctly. I will refund any of the extra shipping costs. It has been a great way to support the hobby.
  5. finally figured out how to reduce the picture size so the cars can be seen better
  6. This is a project that I have been working on for a while. This is the first pass. I would like to get some ideas and suggestions from others of what I should change before putting the final design together. It is all made out of poplar. Final product would be out of different woods to add contrast.
  7. My kids love their tug boats. Never had the courage to put them in water. They turned out great.
  8. That turned out beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
  9. Congrats. Best wishes to you both.
  10. Beautiful work. It will be in the family for generations.
  11. Great job on starting this project. There has been a lot of good advice given in this thread. I was going to suggest using a dowel for the handle until I saw the design you are using. I do agree with Beechwood, there are are a lot of things around the house that will help you layout, mark lines and do the things that can be purchased. Layout is going to be the first step the second is cutting straight. A standard steel rule is best for layout lines. I would use a guide (ie straight piece of wood) clamped to the piece to help cut a straight line with either a jigsaw or hand saw. You may find it easier to cut straight with a handsaw.