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Nemanja & Goran Stojanovic design the Big Rig Wrecker

David Bodnick with his Big Rig Wrecker

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David Bodnick

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Applying Toy Patterns

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Letter from Editor Toy Makers All Over The World At ToymakingPlans we design and distribute wood toy plans for over 31,000 people in 109 different countries (and counting). The ability to interact with these people on a daily basis is invaluable to us. Getting emails from our customers with questions, tips and most amazingly their wonderful pictures of what they have built with our plans gives us a lot of joy. What we have come to realize is that even though many of us come from a huge varying degree of backgrounds and cultures, we share a lot of the same common core values and interests. Whether it is someone such as David Bodnick, the man in the builder spotlight this week from Dorcester, England or one of you from New Zealand, South America, Asia and even Africa, we take the time to personally attend to each and every customer. I believe what sets us apart is our high level of customer service. Believe me it is sometimes a challenge due to different time zones and language barriers. The internet and it’s vast amount of applications such as social media and translation software allows us to do this easily. 2

The ability to connect with you all is one of the driving forces here for us to get better and to provide an even better product. Thank you all from whatever corner of the globe you hail from. Keep building and keep sharing and we will continue to provide an outlet for each and every one of you! Kenneth Smith Creative Marketing/Social Media Director

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Applying Toy Patterns page 6-7

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The Stojanovics

Designers and builders of the first Big Wrecker. page 10-11

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Meet David Bodnick Hello fellow toy makers! My name is Dave Bodnick. I am 72 and I live in Dorchester, Dorset, England. I am a retired Wildlife Ranger. I was forced to retire because of ill health. I would have continued otherwise.

I think my favourite toy that I made was my first effort. It was a garage with an airport on top of it and all sorts of gadgets on it. That might have been my initial inspiration. If so it worked! Another is the Antique 1890 Rocking Horse. I have a few favourites.

Nevertheless, fate has a strange way of telling you something. I have been into woodworking one way or another all my life, but never seriously. I have made various bits of small furniture, garden furniture, bird tables and other items over the years. All good fun. I got David’s Big Rig Wrecker into toy making when my children were young as you may have done. I didn’t do much more I think toy making means satisfaction and till I had to retire. Then boredom struck me! pride in finishing an idea you made from a simple piece of natural wood. All the while So I went onto the internet looking for keeping handmade wooden toys alive for future inspiration on toy making. That’s when I came generations so as to hopefully inspire others. across I bought one or two plans to get started and have never looked If I could pass on any advice to new toy makers back. My health has been my biggest roadblock it would be to keep your tools sharp and more than anything and it’s been a stop/start your mind keen. Don’t worry about making relationship with projects. I have bought plans mistakes. There’s a wealth of information to be over the years that have not seen the light of day, learned from your mistakes. Take a break, go probably about 10. However I’m back in the back to the project later and you’ll see things shop more regularly as is possible. It’s a great more clearly. That’s the secret of a well made wooden toy. That’s my philosophy anyway. tonic for me. My favourite tools are my bandsaw, router, and Editor’s Note: Thank you David for sharing your personal and inspiring story. scroll saw. I couldn’t make due without those. 4

More Of David’s Builds

Scroll Saw Magic Vintage 1927 Bi Plane

Custom Fat Fenderd Ford

Original David Bodnick design

Customized Peterbilt 389 with Custom Trailer


How-To Apply Toy Patterns to Wood One of the questions we’re often asked at is how do we transfer our patterns from our plans onto the wood. There are many ways to do this, but this is what we have found to be the best way. First we suggest you open the PDF in Acrobat for best results. Then, print out the plans page making sure you print it at 100% or Actual Size depending on your printer and computer setup.

Next you are going to spray the back of the rough cutout pattern with spray adhesive. For this step you’ll want to have some kind of backing board or box for overspray. The spray adhesive is very sticky and will cover any surface that isn’t protected. Spray a quick thin layer on the back side of the pattern.

We like 3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive

Next you are going to use clear packing tape to cover the wood surface that you’ll be applying your pattern(s) to. Using clear packing tape does a few things. The tape will act to cool and lubricate the scroll saw blade, and it will make removing the pattern from your wood so much In the next step stick the pattern to the wood surface you covered with packing tape earlier. easier than just gluing it directly to the wood. Be careful to position the pattern just right on the wood. Once it is positioned on top of the tape it will be hard to remove to reposition.


So now you are ready to cut your pattern out. On the inner cutout parts you will want to drill a hole to get the scroll saw blade thru to make your cut. Also take note if there are drill hole markings like in the pattern we’re using. When you apply the pattern in this way you don’t have to measure or mark for your drill holes.

WTW Photo Gallery Big Rig Wrecker Truck

Built By Forum Member: lesmen27

As you can see, the pattern and tape peel away very easily and without a sticky reside after the part has been cut or drilled.

Big Rig Wrecker Truck

We hope this tip and tutorial on how to Apply Patterns has helped some of you. If you have any questions or tips to share with us, or even a request for a tip or tutorial, just send your request or suggestion in an email to:

Big Rig Wrecker Truck Built By Forum Member: Tom Dullage


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Big Rig Wrecker An original design by

Serbian toymakers Nemanja and Goran Stojanovic

Watch Goram Stojanovic build the Big Rig Wrecker. Click image above. Toy Designer Nemanja Stojanovic of Serbia designed this fun to make Big Rig Wrecker for Nemanja’s father, Goram Stojanovic built the protoype you see here using Nemanja’s excellent plans and patterns.

Starting with the cutting out of the paper patterns to planning the layout for the patterns onto the wood, every step is covered in clear and concise detail. The assembly proceeds logically with each step carefully planned to receive the steps that follow.

The plans are all full size and easy to cut out from standard lumber. You can see from the photos of the assembly on page 11 that Nemanja has great skill for planning the parts and the order of assembly. His methodical step by step approach makes the Big Rig Wrecker Truck a joy to build quickly & easily.

This Big Rig is truly the work of a master toy designer who understands building toys with common lumber. A favorite detail of this plan set is the movable boom and lift crank mechanisms with buily-in lock cams.


The Mega Big GIANT Wrecker Truck toy plans can be purchased at

Paper patterns glued to boards. Parts are cut to pattern shapes.

Paper patterns are removed.

Chassis is clamped and glued.

Upright crank stand is placed.

Cab sides and back readied.

Cab roof & lights glued in place.

Ready for Crank and wheels.

Cab assembly & crane parts.

The crane boom is added through the crank mehanism. The lift hook and lift cord complete the assembly. The boom can be raised and lowered separately from operating the lift hook. Kids love this!

The large size and rugged construction combined with the fascinating crane lift mechanism keeps kids engaged for hours of creative play. And it is a heap of fun to build this masterfully designed wood toy. 11

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