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Speed Toys For Boys

Speed Toys For Boys
by A.J. LaBerge

Linden Publishing: 2008
Paperback, 96 pp., $12.95
ISBN 978-1-933502-18-2

     Linden has reprinted this book in its 'Woodworking Classics Revisited' imprint, from a 1928 Junior High School manual arts teacher. Back then, it was common for thousands of boys to build their own push mobiles and enter races, derbys and contests, completing design and construction of their own speed racers.
     So, here are Mr. LaBerge's detailed plans for push carts, scooters, hobby cars, coaster wagons, and speed trucks. There is a wheel barrow, a doll cart, a rambler with a broomstick for a steering shaft, and a speed truck with a steering device made up of one-inch dowel and sash cord for the steer cable.
     Winter sports are also included. There is a platform sled on wide runners, a bobsled, a scooter sled and a very nice toboggan. Fun to build with your youngster, or to give as the coolest surprise gift ever, thse simple projects harken back to a simpler time, when 'skill' meant more than using one's thumbs on a video game.

. . . Barb Siddiqui