About a month ago I wrote about a book I picked up called Zany Wooden Toys That Whiz, Spin, Pop, and Fly, by Bob Gilsdorf. It took a while, but managed to get hold of Bob and ask permission to make one of his projects for a video.
Guys, this is one of the best woodworking books I have ever run across. All 28 projects are ones I would like to build. In most woodworking books, I’m happy to settle for a couple that look doable. These are so creative and clever! I wish I had half the creativity as Bob.
All the projects are designed for the total beginning woodworker: you can do them all with a few basic hand tools. But what’s cool is that they aren’t your typical boring birdhouses and the like. These all do stuff!
No, I’m not getting compensated in any way for all this praise. I just really like the book.
In exchange for using one of Bob’s plans, Fox Chapel Publishing asked me to link to the book here. If you would like to buy one, they have also given me a discount code that will save you 20%. When you check out, enter coupon code zany20. It’s good until the end of the year.
One of the projects in the book is a soccer player that you control. Using an ingenious rubber band system, his legs kick a ball, but I am making two modified versions that feature the heads of Chuck Norris and Mr.T. so they can have a fight to the finish. I have no doubt Chuck Norris will win. By the way, did you know that Chuck Norris can win a game of Connect 4 in three moves? Yeah man. But this ain’t the only amazing Chuck Norris fact.
I digress. The project I chose to do for the video is the “10 Cent Labyrinth Challenge”. It’s really simple to make, but will drive people nuts trying to solve! Enjoy the video.