Unfortunately there will come a time when homemade toys will become less desirable then the cheap plastic ones. I get it, these are not as flashy or loud and as you get older, the stimulation you get from these kinds of toys is important.
But luckily for me they are still young enough where any toy is fun. So I wanted to make something that they could use their imagination to play with. Something that would out last those cheap plastic toys. My sister is a photographer and I thought it would be really cool to make a camera so my niece could take pictures with her mommy.
Although I know there will be a time when this will go into the toy box or attic and not be seen for years, when it comes out again hopefully it will look the same, work the same and be more loved than it was in the beginning.
So here it is, my wood toy camera. I hope you enjoy this instructable and give it a try. After all, the very best gifts come from the shop... I mean heart... Same thing.
Step 1: What You Need
A scrap of maple and walnut
3/8 oak dowel
1/2 oak dowel
Step 2: The Wood
Then I took the walnut and cut two strips about an inch wide and ran those through the joiner as well. I dry fit them to make sure that the sides were flush and then moved on to the shutter button.
Step 3: The Shutter Button
While the dowels were drying, I drilled the holes in the body of the camera. I use a 1/2 fostner bit to drill a hole 2 inches into the maple. I made sure that I reamed it out a bit so the 1/2 dowel would have room to move.
The in the top walnut piece I drilled the 3/8 hole using the same steps. The thought behind this was the larger dowel would be in the bottom and not to able to pass through the smaller top hole. I hope that is a good enough explanation.
I slipped the spring in and cut the bottom dowel so there was a small amount of pressure on the spring when I was flush with the maple. Then it was time for the glue up. I put the walnut and maple together with wood glue and clamps. While the glue was drying, I made sure that the shutter button was still able to move at all times. I didn't want the glue to seep in and freeze up the button.
I had to do the glueing inside because it was -12 out while I was making this and my shop only has a wood stove that doesn't run all the time.
Step 4: Smooth It Out
Step 5: The Lens and Peep Hole
I have no idea what type of wood this is but it looks pretty cool. It is from a tree that went down years ago that I cut up and threw in the shed for fire wood. The only problem is that it is a bear to split so I only use it when I can throw a hole log on the fire. I have used it for a few projects so I thought I would give it a go.
I cut a small section and sanded the face on the belt sander. Right away I knew I had found the lens. The log was a little wide so I had to sand the edges down a bit to get the right proportions. I hit it with some 120 sand paper and it looked beautiful. I glued it on and moved on to the next.
I wanted a small peep hole for my niece to look through. First I used a 1/2 fostner bit and drilled half way through the body. Then I went down to a 3/8 and finished going all the way through. The two sizes of holes really doesn't make a difference but it does look cool.
Step 6: The Grip and the Spinner Thingy
Next is what I lovingly refer to as the spinner thingy. You know the thingy I'm talking about. On older cameras it was used to wind the film and in newer ones it could be the zoom or something... Use your imagination. Anyway, I used a small piece of maple.
First I marked the center, then the circle and then the teeth. I cut it out with the scroll saw and for the teeth I held it up to my bench sander for just a moment and carved out the little indents.
Now when I drilled the hole it was not exactly in the center. I told everyone that this gives it a fun and whimsical feeling but the truth is, it was an accident. But it really does make it fun. I have quite a few accidents like this and usually it comes out pretty cool.
The lesson is, never be afraid to make a mistake. It might just make your project better.
Step 7: The Neck Strap
Then I had to drill into the side of the camera body to place a pegs. I had some 1 inch wood pegs left over from the xylophone that I made for my other niece ( I'll share that one next) I glued the pegs and the belt slips right over the peg.
Warning! When I drilled out the side with the shutter button, I drilled too far. I drilled into the dowel and the button would no longer move. I corrected it but cutting the pegs so it wouldn't go in as far and made sure the button was functional before I glued.
Step 8: The Finish
I think thats because I was making it for someone I love very dearly. I hope this will be something that she can have a lot of fun with. It isn't going to be her flashiest toy but hopefully she know that it was made just for her by her uncle Andy.
I hope that you enjoyed this and thank you so much for reading. I would love to hear any comment or answer any questions. Thanks again