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Making Mad Toys & Mechanical Marvels in Wood Paperback – 1 Oct 2007


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402748124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402748127
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.5 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Quite impressive...a nice departure from woodworking titles that require expensive materials and measurements to 1/64." Recommended." --"Library Journal"

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Toyman on 8 Nov. 2007
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This is an excellent book for anyone interested in making their own automata, well illustrated and very practical.

However, if you already own Rodney Frost's previous publication 'Whacky toys, whirligigs & whatchamacallits' don't make the mistake I did and think this was an all new book, as ' Making mad toys...' is exactly the same book republished with a new title and front cover only.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Simon M Bush on 26 Mar. 2009
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If there's one thing I hate..... it's spending money on a book that is nothing like what you expected! Thankfully I'm delighted to say that this book is excellent and probably one of the best books out there for anyone wanting to learn about mechanical toys and how to build them. The book works it's way through paper and cardboard at first explaining about wind vains and propellers and cranks then gets into some really good mechanical toys and whirligigs. Principles of gears, cams, levers, crankshafts and a host of other mechanisms are clearly explained and wonderfully illustrated in colour. Definately one for the shelf and a must to get you on the road to understanding, building and painting these wooden marvels! Excellent!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Harvey on 24 Mar. 2010
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This book is full of innovative ideas for unusual projects. It is somewhat sketchy on detail - don't expect detailed plans, but anyone who can interpret sketches and guess detailed points will have no problem in constructing some "marvels in wood"!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morpeth Buyer on 25 Nov. 2011
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I thought when I purchased this book there would be detailed plans which I could follow to get me started, instead I found a book of suggestions for some models which appeared to be bodged out of left overs found in the garage. Not what I expected and it does not appear to be an easy book for someone starting out
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I bought this book before I retired as a Design and Technology teacher in a secondary school. I found the projects to be excellent for the more able students in a subject which is increasingly turning to CAD/CAM. While I understand that students should be familiar with the processes used in "real life" I think it is essential that they also understand how to use hand tools and basic materials. This is one of several books I bought which I believe further this ideal and highly recommend it, especially for after-school clubs. There is also the fact that kids love things which do something, and this book is filled with that kind of project.
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Although this book has it's charms; the author's enthusiasm for these 'toys' certainly shines through, overall I found it a disappointment. I was hoping for an overview of mechanical toys, with some information about commonly used techniques and mechanisms. The drawings are also not that great - sometimes confusing, and I speak as someone well used to understanding drawings and plans. Perhaps I should have read the book description thoroughly before buying...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Linden-Fermor on 4 Aug. 2011
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I found this book to be a great resource also; however I find it the lesser of the 2 Rodney Frost books that I dip into. As before, I find the format less useful for workshop use and better for helping to formulate ideas and designs beforehand that you then take to your workbench. A useful and interesting resource nonetheless.
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