The story tells how Lego founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen began business as a carpenter who later switched to making wooden toys. Ole Built the business up slowly and eventually had a thriving business making quality wooden toys.
With only a few weeks of worktime left till the holiday zero hour, I thought I’d check out a few toy-making books and try my hand at building something smaller than a pony for a change. Making Wooden Toys: 12 Easy-to-Do Projects with Full-Size Templates by James Stasio caught my eye right away.
In 1932 Ole Kirk Kristainsen had a failing carpentry business in Billund Denmark. His shop was well run but Ole couldn’t seem to make a profit. Ole switched from making furniture to making wooden toys. Later Ole began personally driving around Denmark making deals to sell his toys directly to the shop owners. Kristainsen bartered some of his sales and got enough money to keep things going while he slowly built his business. The company invested in new tooling such as milling machines. Sometime in 1934 Ole Kristainsen renamed the business LEGO. In Danish the words “LEG GODT” means playing well. In Latin LEGO also means “I put together”.
While a lathe is not a must-have tool to make wooden toys, if you plan to make any number of wooden toys or turn it into a regular hobby, you'll want to consider investing in a lathe to create toys with even sides and a smooth surfaces. However, you don't need a lathe to get started. You can make wooden toys with a collection of basics tools including:
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