The Toymaker's Shop- wooden puzzles, models and toys

Melbourne, Australia | 1196 Sales


The Toymaker's Shop- wooden puzzles, models and toys

Melbourne, Australia 1196 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Stuart Lees

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The Toymaker is based in SE Melbourne, and makes wooden toys, puzzles and models to inspire the imagination. NBN* Toys (*No Batteries Needed)

I think I have always been intrigued with woodworking, back to when I was very young seeing my Father and my Uncles making things. Made lots of billy carts as a kid!

This interest grew when I had an opportunity to do woodworking at school on a number of occasions - workshop time in other classes, then as a subject when I got to secondary school. (At least for one year).

(As a bit of an aside, I tried to take woodworking, metal working and tech drawing for my first year at high school, and the principal said "he shouldn't do three technical subjects - drop one and take a language". So I dropped metalwork, took German, failed it two years in a row and became an engineer. Go figure).

Things got quiet for a few years, until I left the Navy and got a day job. With one of the wedding presents being a small wood lathe (a gift from another Uncle!), the scene was set, and my first workshop established.

Things have grown from there. I was president of a local woodworking club for a couple of years, did demonstrations of woodworking machines at wood shows and hardware stores (all in my spare time), and grew a website called Stu's Shed, which was one of the first woodworking blogs in the world, and the first in Australasia. That is still going (and is now approaching 3 million visits. That number is actually very low, as it doesn't take into account email, RSS, Facebook or Twitter subscribers, which pretty much doubles the total site reach). stusshed.com

The shed has been expanded and expanded, and is now home to a raft of machines, including the CNC router that I use to make a lot of the items that appear in this shop.

A bad day in the workshop still beats the best day at work!

I hope you like what you find in my Etsy store - there is a lot learning, time, blood, sweat and tears that has gone into it all, and while you may only see a Hodor door stop for example, there is in fact so much more that has gone in behind the scenes!

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  • Stuart Lees

    Owner, Woodworker

    I started woodworking back around 2001, and haven't ever really stopped, outgrowing one shed, then another, and another with an ever-increasing collection of tools and machines.

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Last updated on Nov 22, 2016
Frequently asked questions

It depends on the model, and the material it is made out of. Many of the MDF kits do not need any glue at all, or need just a few parts to be stuck together.

Other kits (particularly complicated ones for example, such as the Voyager Spacecraft or the HD (high definition) dinosaurs) can only be assembled with glue.

I tend to favour a hot glue gun. It is simple to use, the parts are joined very quickly and easily, and are quite strong.

You can also use a wood glue, such as PVA, although assembly time will be longer.

Definitely - the models/kits made from MDF can be painted or coloured as easy as cardboard. You can use oil or acrylic paints, textas/felt pens, pencils etc etc. I have used an air brush before quite successfully too. Ideally, apply an undercoat first to help seal the surface, then paint or colour over the top.

This will be listed in the description for each product. As a general rule, I use wood oils for most wooden products (it has a wonderful aroma too), and food safe mineral oil for any product that is meant to come in contact with food (or is likely to end up in a small child's mouth!)

I have had a few enquiries about the cost of postage from people in the USA. Unfortunately in each case I don't think that they realise that OzToymaker is based in Australia, so it is an international parcel price to the USA.

There is little I can do about that - the price of postage is dictated by Australia Post. Please feel free to contact me for further details or a quote on postage if you have any concerns.