Big Book of Gizmos & Gadgets: Expert Advice and 15 All-Time Favorite Projects and Patterns (Fox Chapel Publishing) Step-by-Step Wooden Mechanical Marvels, with a Full-Size Pull-Out Pattern Pack




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Woodworking in Motion

These working wooden wonders might just be the most enjoyable projects you ever build in your shop! Inside you’ll find ingenious plans for making 15 wildly inspired mechanical marvels from wood. Well-illustrated step-by-step projects are arranged by skill level from beginner to advanced, with full-sized patterns attached to the book in a handy pouch.

Projects range from a Rapid-Fire Rubber Band Gun and a Wooden Padlock Treasure Chest, to whirligigs and classic automatons for cowboys, ballerinas, cats, ships, and more.

Create fun games and toys for the whole family, and discover the secrets of kinetic sculpture to build your own interactive wooden gear machine.

Shop-tested designs for 15 clever contraptions, including:

  • Rapid-Fire Rubber Band Gun
  • Interactive Wooden Gear Machine
  • Mad Scientist Frankenswitch
  • Two-Track Marble Racer
  • Amazing Automatons
  • …and many more!


About the Author

Gizmos & Gadgets is a special interest publication of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazine, the #1 magazine for scroll saw enthusiasts. Our editors help subscribers in 57 countries discover the projects, patterns, and instructions that ensure woodworking success.

Bob Gilsdorf is a third-generation woodworker who is active in the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Young Life organizations. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

David Wakefield is the author of Toymaking Basics, How to Make Animated Toys, and Making Dinosaur Toys in Wood. He has been creating toys in southeastern Ohio for 35 years.

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