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Editor’s note: With the holidays upon us, I’m looking through vintage issues of the magazines and books we own for fun handmade gifts – things that you can build in not too much shop time, but that will help to create a lifetime of memories for the recipients. I’ll post (at least) two every week between now and the new year. Not all of them will be for kids – but I know I loved the wooden items my grandfather made for me when I was young, so a toy seemed like a great place to start. — Megan Fitzpatrick

A Three-Wheeled Cruiser for the Rug-Racer Set

by Jack Fisher
from the November/December 1989 issue of American Woodworker

About the time my grandson was beginning to walk, I got to thinking it was also time to build that kiddie car I’d been remembering from ‘way back in my childhood. Remember that solid-wood beauty you cruised around on when you were a two-year-old? If I close my eyes, I can still picture it.


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