Wooden Toy Sailboats

Introduction: Wooden Toy Sailboats

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Hello everyone!

In this instructables I'll show you how you can make some sailboats with regular wood and with a touch of old recycled skateboards. It's so fun to work with old skateboards, it"s so colorful and you get beautiful results!

Step 1: The Base

Transfer a pattern of a sailboat onto a piece of wood and cut it out on the bandsaw. Give it shape on the beltsander by holding the boat at an angle.

I used some scrapwood for my sailboats, so they are all different sizes.

The dimensions of my pattern for the boat:

18mm thick

40mm wide

140mm long

Drill an 8mm hole in the base for an 8mm dowel and sand it all smooth.

Step 2: The Skateboard-touch

Cut out a piece of an old skateboard, with the following dimensions: 20mm wide, 85mm long.

Drill an 8mm hole for the dowel to go through. Testfit and draw a shape you like on the skateboardpiece.

You can make your own dowel with a thread cutting die. Start with a piece of lumber 8mm x 8mm, and drive it through with the drill and you'll get an 8mm dowel.

Step 3: Finishing

A little bit of sanding to finish, and then you can glue it all together with woodglue.

Finish with some mineral oil.

Now you are ready to sail!

If you want to see the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCl_zBdYDFc&t=0s



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    I love the way you make use of discarded skateboards, the wood from these boards seems like a very nice material to work with to me.

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    Yes and it's soooo beautiful with all the colors! I can never have enough!

    This is a great design and quick toy to make in quantity. I make small toys for immigrant kids and kids in the local children's hospital. Both places have ponds in their properties.

    Just a question: do you need to weight the hull so it doesn't roll/capsize? I've made something similar that I had to put some lead shot in.

    Well done!

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    Hey yes this is very easy to make a lot of them in a short time, so easy to make! But I didn't try them in the water, so I actually don't know if they will stay up :)

    What a cute little boat! I love the colors in the sail and skateboard :) How well does it float? Have you gotten a chance to sail them?

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    Thank you very much, I'm loving it as well haha. I didn't try them in the water :)