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Wood toy boats?

I am looking for information on building a usable wood toy boat. I can't seem to find any books on Amazon and a quick search here turned up no results. I'm not sure what type of boat but probably a sailboat of some sort. Does anyone here know of any resources for "how to"? I really don't know where to start.

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You might be better off just watching some carving videos or buying a carving book. I would assume that would be the best method. Maybe carving some bass wood. Thats what the lure makers use.

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toymaking plans .com has plans for different boats.
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I am looking for information on building a usable wood toy boat. I can't seem to find any books on Amazon and a quick search here turned up no results. I'm not sure what type of boat but probably a sailboat of some sort. Does anyone here know of any resources for "how to"? I really don't know where to start.
I have one but I think I need to get permission from rrbrown before I post it.
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toymaking plans .com has plans for different boats.
http://www.toymakingplans.com/websit...at=boats-ships

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You say "usable". Do you mean something that will float? Something that you can put on a pond and watch it sail around? Something you can drop a battery, receiver, and servos in and use as an RC boat? Do you want a hull that's a solid block, or do you want to build a planked timber framed hull?

If it's the first, it's fairly easy: most wood floats, so if you go buy a cheap plastic model and cut wood to look like it, it will probably float. If the mast is too tall it may tend to tip over, so you might need to add some weight to the bottom: maybe drill some holes in the bottom and fill them with lead, or something like that.

If the second, I'd recommend going to a hobby shop, if you can find one, and looking at free-sailing models. That's also a good search term to use -- "free-sailing model boat plans" turns up a lot of results. I've spent some time looking at http://www.john-tom.com/SailBoatPlan...BoatPlans.html, which seems to have some good plans.

If you want RC capability... that gets more complicated, because you have to start looking at servo throw length, carrying capacity, hull weight, balance points, and all sorts of things like that. I was planning to build an RC sailboat until I started looking at the details there. Now I'm planning to wait until I have more money and BUY an RC sailboat.
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My plan is a simple smallish sailboat 1st (this is for my little daughter) and then if that is a sucess I will build a larger fancier one later. Thank you for all the leads! I will post photos of my results.

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This sounds like a great plan. Hope you can keep us posted on how you do it.
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I am looking for information on building a usable wood toy boat. I can't seem to find any books on Amazon and a quick search here turned up no results. I'm not sure what type of boat but probably a sailboat of some sort. Does anyone here know of any resources for "how to"? I really don't know where to start.
Not sure what you've been using for a search but I found quite a bit from google

https://www.google.com/search?q=toy+...2F%3B600%3B745

http://seaworthysmallships.com/

http://www.woodworkersworkshop.com/r...TOY+BOAT+PLANS

http://toymakingplans.com/website/Bo...BoatsBook.html

http://www.jordanwoodboats.com/jb.htm

that's just a fraction, hope it helps

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Thanks Paul! Some of those I found previously but weren't what I was looking for. A few of those I hadn't seen though and may be perfect!

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Thanks Paul! Some of those I found previously but weren't what I was looking for. A few of those I hadn't seen though and may be perfect!
You're welcome. Glad to help!
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Well I've started work on a simple first boat. I'm using western red cedar I had left over from a gate arbor I made. I am using my 60-1/2 block plane for shaping which has made me realize I want a spokeshave. I hope to have it ready in time for an upcoming trip to the river for my little girl to play with. Any tips on shaping and finishing the wood?

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