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As kid's did anyone make their own toys or build unusual things with your friends?
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Jul 9, 2024 00:46:22   #
Passingbye Loc: Reidsville NC
 
I remember when I was just a four or five year old kid I didn't always have store bought toys. I would get a few of mom's potatoes and wooden matches or tooth picks. I would make animal figures with them on the front porch. Sometimes during the Summer my folks would buy me an above ground swimming pool. Once when I was about nine years old, I along with a few neighborhood buddies took shovels and dug a big muddy swimming pool in the ground, filled with water and jumped in it 🤣. We kept the dirt from the muddy pit so we could fill it back in when we were done. Daddy wasn't too happy about it but mother said, don't be hard on them boys will be boys!

We were always making suicide gravity go-karts from scrap wood, lawnmower wheel or bicycle parts and sticks for brakes. We would fly down steep hill roads and whipe out trying to stop, skinned knee's and road rash from head to toe, put the next kid on for his ride. We may have been poor but we still had a blast.

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Jul 9, 2024 06:47:21   #
Flytier Loc: Wilmington Delaware
 
Built my first motorcycle from an old bike frame and a lawnmower engine.

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Jul 9, 2024 06:57:35   #
OJdidit Loc: Oak Creek Wisconsin
 
We dug a swimming pit in the backyard a few times, and built many forts over the years.

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Jul 9, 2024 07:55:32   #
dbed Loc: POMME DE TERRE LAKE MISSOURI
 
We built several go carts that we rode down a steep hill no brakes barbed wire fence at the bottom always had to bail off before we hit the fence made sling shots and cap guns

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Jul 9, 2024 08:15:12   #
Slimshady Loc: Central Pennsylvania
 
My uncle was a carpenter so we always had plenty of wood scraps to build stuff with

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Jul 9, 2024 08:37:22   #
Frank romero Loc: Clovis, NM
 
My older brother sold Coverine and got an archery set. Wouldn’t let me use it. Made my own with a curved tree branch and rubber from an inner tube and straight sticks with wire wrapped around the tip. Would shoot arrows further than his.

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Jul 9, 2024 09:06:19   #
mistred64 Loc: Grayslake, illinois
 
Built boats out of wood scraps and floated them down a creek.

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Jul 9, 2024 11:08:45   #
ranger632 Loc: Near Yosemite Park Ca.
 
Passingbye wrote:
I remember when I was just a four or five year old kid I didn't always have store bought toys. I would get a few of mom's potatoes and wooden matches or tooth picks. I would make animal figures with them on the front porch. Sometimes during the Summer my folks would buy me an above ground swimming pool. Once when I was about nine years old, I along with a few neighborhood buddies took shovels and dug a big muddy swimming pool in the ground, filled with water and jumped in it 🤣. We kept the dirt from the muddy pit so we could fill it back in when we were done. Daddy wasn't too happy about it but mother said, don't be hard on them boys will be boys!

We were always making suicide gravity go-karts from scrap wood, lawnmower wheel or bicycle parts and sticks for brakes. We would fly down steep hill roads and whipe out trying to stop, skinned knee's and road rash from head to toe, put the next kid on for his ride. We may have been poor but we still had a blast.
I remember when I was just a four or five year old... (show quote)



We built forts and had BB gun wars. None of us lost a eye but my cousin lost his left front tooth. That slow the BB gun wars down for awhile

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Jul 9, 2024 12:04:00   #
Bcmech1 Loc: Clinton Wisconsin
 
I built a go cart when I was about 12 from wood, an old lawnmower engine and some wheels my dad had in the shed out back. The brakes was my foot on the front wheel. After I got it running as good as I could, I drove it over to my best friend's house. He was outside and I couldn't stop fast enough and ran him over. I thought I had killed him. We both laugh about it to this day.

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Jul 9, 2024 12:10:32   #
ranger632 Loc: Near Yosemite Park Ca.
 
Bcmech1 wrote:
I built a go cart when I was about 12 from wood, an old lawnmower engine and some wheels my dad had in the shed out back. The brakes was my foot on the front wheel. After I got it running as good as I could, I drove it over to my best friend's house. He was outside and I couldn't stop fast enough and ran him over. I thought I had killed him. We both laugh about it to this day.



I often wonder how my brothers and cousins and me didn't get kill before the age of 12

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Jul 9, 2024 13:47:24   #
Passingbye Loc: Reidsville NC
 
There was an old salvage dump mostly from torn down house's where we built a treehouse in the big cottonwood tree. I was walking over an old pile of doors laid flat over a hole on our pathway in and out from the treehouse. I stepped on the doors that busted through when we all heard the rattlesnakes rat-tat tat tat! I froze in place..I was the biggest kid amongst my friends. I whispered, y'all grab my arms and yank me straight up and I'm going to spring fast as I can off of this snake? I must of been stepping on its head or it would've already nailed me. They yanked and I spang up like a rabbit 🐰

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Jul 9, 2024 14:31:22   #
USAF Major Loc: Sea Bright, NJ
 
Made a soap box car for 'Soap Box Derbies' had in the old home town. Didn't even qualify for the second heat as I was just too big! Smaller guys went faster.

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Jul 9, 2024 14:50:50   #
GlsJr40 Loc: Dallas, Tx.
 
When I was young, we could find a way to make a tool or toy from most anything available. Bows and arrows, spears, slingshots, built "hideouts", climbed the biggest trees, etc., etc. I can remember once entertaining myself with an empty oil drum. Laid it on its side and walked and rolled it like a log. That went well for some time, but once fell off with the back of my head hitting the ground first. The pain was the only thing keeping me from thinking I had killed myself.

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Jul 9, 2024 15:17:47   #
mistred64 Loc: Grayslake, illinois
 
Remember Big Wheels? One of us got on each one and "friends" pushed us into the other one head on. Nobody went home crying cause you were injured. You walked it off or your parents told you serves you right.

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Jul 9, 2024 18:30:05   #
Barnacles Loc: Northern California
 
When I was little, I made guns out of wooden clothespins. If you used wooden matches for ammo, the launch would ignite them. We thought we'd invented flame throwers.

I made rubber band powered paddle boats out of scrap lumber. Some of them worked pretty well!

I made a toy out of a wooden spool, a rubber band, a button and a matchstick. I'd wind the rubber band by cranking on the matchstick, and when I set it on the floor it would roll itself along. We called them "tanks".

I made airplanes out of the boxes that cornflakes came in. They never flew very well, but that didn't stop me.

We used to set lines of dominoes on the floor so that when you tipped the first one, they'd all go down in sequence. Always wished I had LOTS more dominoes.

I had a cap gun that used roll caps. Sometimes when I felt extra wealthy, I'd put an entire roll in dad's bench vise and crush it. At some point, every cap in the roll went off in one big bang.

Another cap gun used caps that came in a sheet, perforated so that you'd tear the caps out in individual 1/2" squares. I'd put more than one in my cap gun. Two caps together made a more satisfying bang. If I put in 3 or more at once, it was hard to get them to go off, the hammer didn't have enough force.

We used those same caps in a little toy that looked kinda like a bomb. You'd put in a cap and reassemble it, then toss it up in the air. When it hit the ground, BANG! I loaded a cap into mine, and before reassembling it I put in as much crumbled-up match heads as I could. It didn't always work, but when it did I couldn't find all the parts of the toy.

Sometimes, I'd fill an empty CO2 cylinder with gunpowder from shotgun shells, then glue in a fuse. That's about as powerful as an M80. I guess that's a felony, now. It's an absolute miracle that I still have both eyes and all my fingers! I never thought about shrapnel back then!

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