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post #1 of 14 Old 05-30-2010, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Lukas from Oklahoma

Hi all,

my name is Lukas and I am 36 years old. I live in Guthrie Oklahoma with my wife and my 2 year old son.
I moved to the US in 2005 from Germany where I grew up.
My first lessons in woodworking came from my dad when i was about 5 or 6 but I never made much out of it. I built a few shelves here and there but there were too many other things in the world that needed my attention.

Once my wife and I had bought a house 3 years ago I started getting interested in woodworking again but I never had the room to do anything bigger. Dragging the table saw on the porch with an extension cord was not really satisfying.

About a year ago my wife and I decided to start a business since we are a good team and like challenges. My wife likes to sew and I like to work with wood and we have a little boy so we started making toys. I got the garage as my shop (wohoo) and my son as the chief toy tester. We are hoping to officially be in business this summer but I don't expect it to be more than a side income for quite a few years.

So far I made a train, a truck and some cars, the usual suspects. My wife makes awesome plush animals. My son throws things and chews on them, I guess that's what his job description as a toy tester said .

I work at a mid size company as R&D Manager and run their production and print shop. We are making signage systems for convenient stores so if anyone wants to open a thread for plastic joinery I'm in.

I'm looking forward to have some like-minded people to chat with and hope I can be a good addition to the forum.
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Welcome!
Nice town, Guthrie

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Willkommen Lukas! Glad to have you with us. I too enjoy making toys and am looking forward to seeing some of your work.
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welcome to the forum ... the rule here is, no pics it didn't happen, so let's see some of those toys, preferably along with your tester

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I'm probably doing this the wrong way but at least I got some pictures to show. I made a post in the showcase forum with some of my toys:
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f13/m...ts-toys-17366/

@phinds: my external hard drive does not want to work today so I'll send pics of the toy tester later

@JohnK007 Those are nice toys. I especially like the fire truck with the expendable ladder. Is there a bigger picture of it?

@Av8rTx thanks. My wife and I stumbled upon Guthrie and liked it right away so we bought a home here. Too bad I got quite a drive to work now though.
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Welcome Lukas. Germany is my Vaterland and Mutterland, so to speak. Both sides of my family, (great grandparents) are from Germany.

God made us from dust, but all we can do is make dust.
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Here's a larger photo of the Tower Ladder Lukas. It's a little fuzzy though.



And another:

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Awesome, I like it. I like the wood toys with functions like stuff turning or the extending ladder. It seems to me a lot of people see wood toys as something very static and wood block like. I get a lot of questions like "The wheels really turn?"

Just out of curiosity and because I'm always on the hunt for the perfect paint:
What kind of paint did you use?

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Just out of curiosity and because I'm always on the hunt for the perfect paint:
What kind of paint did you use?
Thanks for the compliment Lukas, I really appreciate it. I enjoy making these things. It can get frustrating at times. I'm still just an amateur and make lots of mistakes. Like the wheel wells in front were cut too high, but the kids I give them to don't seem to mind .

I use Acrylic craft paint that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. It's cheap, like 99 cents cheap, and comes in a plethora of colors. After paint and stain I hit it with a water based polyurethane.
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John,
Even though I haven't shown my projects to many people yet I noticed already that we (woodworkers) are usually our own worst critic. I see things wrong on my projects that no one would ever notice and honestly, until you said something I didn't notice the wheel wells on the fire truck.
Seems like you made your kids happy with it and that's the best reward anyway.

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Welcome Toycrafter in guthrie... I'm in Stillwater. Not that far. Enjoy the site.
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Thanks ccrow, this site is such a wealth of information and experience mixed with fun people. I like it here.
What kind of projects do you do up there in stillwater?

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Not much really. I'm trying to setup my garage into a makeshift shop, acquire tools and think bigger than I can spend. But I have made one cutting board and I will have two more finished this weekend. And I have plans to build a butcher block add on for my kitchen coutertop. Hopefully I will get to build other cool stuff soon.
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... think bigger than I can spend.
Boy, that made me smile. You summarized my whole life in six words.
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