Christmas Toy for a little boy

A friend from the local community asked would it be possible for me to make a little tractor for her nephew as all the store stuff is rubbishy plastic. 

So of course Papa Smurf and Handy Smurf said YES, we can do it.

I did the research for a simple little tractor and found an old plan in July/August 1989 "The Woodworker's Journal".

That's when the trouble started as I wanted to "personalize/enhance" the toy.

Eventually I won both  Papa Smurf and Handy Smurf over making the tractor/trailer combination.

The bigger engine parts, the radiator, the steering front axle, the tow connection, the dash gauges with extra width in both the tractor and the trailer.

Overall the combination is 23" [585mm]
Tractor is 9.5" [240mm] long x 5.75" [145mm] wide and 5.25" [135mm] high at the exhaust stack.
Trailer is 9.5" [240mm] x 6" [150mm] and 3.5" [90mm] high.

The timbers are a mixture of bits and pieces from my shed including the "pre-coated Merbau Floor" on the deck of the trailer, American Oak, Cypress Pine, Camphor Laurel, Blackheart Sassafras, Tassie Oak, Merbau decking, plus other Aussie Hardwoods.

The wheels, axle pegs, steering wheel, nylon washers & stainless steel washers are all store bought.

The front wheels can be moved to steer and the trailer front axle also steers with the drawbar able to move up & down.

The finish is 3 coats of my "homemade wipe-on-poly".

Definitely a fun project.

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Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Another amazing toy!!  Love seeing your projects and picturing all the fun that will be had by the recipients.  Glad you have the Smurfs on board.  
very cool crowie. thats the way a toy should be made ! hopefully that toy will be given to his child some day !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

One any good kid would be proud to own.. Do you have any idea how many people you have made happy with your wonderful toys?
One any good kid would be proud to own.. Do you have any idea how many people you have made happy with your wonderful toys?
I have no idea sir,
I have made many hundreds of toys for gifts, donations & giveaways and from time to time receive the beautiful payment of a photo of the child with a big smile. They are very special to me as they are my double reward for being creative enjoying making playable wooden toys. 

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That gift is definitely much better than anything in a store!
What a nice gift. Great job Crowie.

.................. John D....................

Real fine detail there. Very nice
this will put a huge smile on a young one face simply love it Peter ,Papa ,and Handy GR8 JOB 😍😎👍


Very nice work, Peter! You and the smurfs deserve a pat on the backs.

May you have the day you deserve!

Well done Peter Smurf. A nice combination.

Very well done.  Great attention to detail.  That will be a great gift to a little boy!!


Nice work, Peter

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Nice work,   any lad should really ove  this.   Well done.


Thank you ladies & gents for the kind words of encouragement & support.
I had to laugh at Jan’s (aka Dutchy) comment “Peter Smurf” as I’ve never seen a Peter Smurf in all the Smurfs.
Anyways folk’s it’s only 7 days until we celebrate Christmas downunder 🇦🇺; this year seems to have flown. I hope everyone is safe & warm if in the north, cool in the south and has a wonderful time with family and friends over the Christmas season

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A lot of pleasure in that project for maker and receiver. Nice one.

Kerry - Working with wood, the smell the feel, is such a joy, its a meditation of sorts.

As usual, another excellent project done with great detail. Am impressed how they always turn out so nice. Great job.
I as adault wouldn't mind such gift