Fun & Games Woodworking
Toy Wooden Knight is Ready to Duel

Over at Made by Joel, the eponymous author’s son just acquired a noble knight made by Lego with a moveable arm for pretend sword-fighting. Not one to be excluded, Joel made his own version from wood, and the two staged an epic battle on video.

The notched work on the body parts are quite good. It makes me wonder if they were done by hand or routed on a CNC. All the same, the results are fantastic and inspirational for all you toy-makers toiling away at handmade pieces for the little ones in your lives. I have a spring loaded Hot Wheels launcher in the works, but shh… don’t tell my nephew quite yet. Post in the comments if you have a handmade toy in mind for the upcoming holidays.

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  1. Cool! When I was a kid, my dad made me a wooden shotgun (cowboys and indians was a popular game back then, pre-political-correctness). It was simple, but really cool, and the envy of the neighborhood.

  2. Thanks for the post Michael! Yeah, I just made the toy with an old electric scroll saw. They cut slow enough, that it’s pretty easy to make fairly accurate cuts. Great saws for toy making. It would be a perfect toy for laser or cnc though. 

    Thanks again,
    Joel

  3. A few years ago I made a few rubber band machine guns for my son (I have some details and pics at my wifes blog 
    http://melarky.com/?p=2930).  I started making a rubber band Gatling gun, but ran into a few problems with my design, I think I have them figured out and coded into my CNC, I just need the time to cut them and assemble them to test it out.  We’ve also made those spinning tops (super simple to make, and with Beyblades all the rage, kids are drawn to them.  My son calls it the original Beyblade).

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In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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