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Making Vintage Wood Toys

by Jonathan Logtenberg

As a woodworker, the possibilities of your creations are limitless only to your imagination. Mastering this skill certainly does take a lot of time and concentrated effort, but once you put in the required time that’s necessary to become a pro at this line of work, the things that you can create out of nothing but wood and some screws is truly astonishing. While some people stick to making things like furniture, decks, birdhouses, etc., there are some folks out there who like to get a little more creative with their creations.

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with making items that are a bit commonplace and expected with woodworking, there’s something to be said about folks who decide to make things that are a bit out of the ordinary things that aren’t entirely expected. Over the years, people have made some truly unique and creative things with their woodworking skills, but among all of these, one of the coolest and most interesting things is that of vintage wood toys.

Back in the olden days, the only toys that were available were those that were made out of wood. These wooden toys were the only entertainment that many kids had back in the day, and while that might seem like something we would want to move away from, it’s quickly becoming a popular thing for woodworkers to create.

Whether it reminds them of their childhood or folks are simply longing for simpler times, vintage wood toys are some of the hottest items right now when it comes to woodworking. However, since this area is so vast and popular, there are tons of different toys that you can create with wood. While having so many choices isn’t a bad thing at all, it can make it a bit difficult to decide exactly what it is you’d like to spend your time making.

We’ve looked through a lot of the recent woodwork that people have been doing, and have created a list of some of the most popular ideas when it comes to making vintage wood toys. While this list doesn’t contain every kind of vintage wood toy out there, these are currently some of the hottest ideas out there right now.

Tool Set

For both boys and girls, tool sets are some of the hottest toys out there. These tool sets allow kiddos to get their hands on their own versions of tools that they might see you working with, including saws, hammers, rulers, wrenches, etc. While you can buy plastic versions of these are pretty much any toy store out there, the solid feeling you get from a tool set that’s made out of wood is unlike anything else out there. You can get as detailed as you want when creating these tools, and can make things that are about as close to the real deal as you can get.

Cooking Set

Along with tools, you can also recreate popular kitchen items with wood for entertaining toys as well. You kids might be interested in helping out in the kitchen, but if they’re too young to really handle anything at all, this can be a great way to let them use their own version of kitchen tools and utensils. When creating a kitchen set, you can pretty much create whatever you’d like. Between a spatula, cups, plates, utensils, and even wooden pieces of food, you can really create the ultimate kitchen set if you’re so inclined.

Tic-Tac-Toe Board

Tic-tac- toe is one of the oldest and most competitive games around, and with a handmade wooden tic-tac-toe board, the level of fun that the game already has can be boosted up by an insane amount. The actual board and pieces themselves are quite simple, but if you want to take your time, you can really make your board and pieces as intricate and unique as you want. There’s a lot of room here to let your creative side fly, and that’s never a bad thing to do.


One of the most iconic vintage wood toy is that of wooden cars, and these remain to be one of the coolest wooden toys that you can create. The actual body for them is quite simple, but again, this is an area where you can truly let your creative mind soar. Between the wheels, shape of the car, and details you want to add, you can make your wooden car as simple or complex as you’d like.

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