Need to repair your vintage Brio Train?

We’ve sold these ceramic magnet dots with 1/8″ hole and the related chromed head nails for decades.  Then a customer mentioned they work great for repairing vintage Brio Trains!  This, I did not realize.  I did know they were often used for toys but forgot about the Brio trains.

This means you can build your own small toy train and use these magnet dots with holes.  Use the nail to hold it in place.  The chromed nail is important because the ceramic magnets are a bit brittle.  After all, these magnets will get smashed together much more than your magnets on the refrigerator…


You can also use these for trailers for toy trucks.  They will have to be on the smaller side, though.

Candle cups as hats for the large wood man peg doll…

Turns out that many of our wood candle cups will work as hats for our wood people peg dolls!

This post concerns only one wood people peg doll – the Large Man Peg Doll Body.  This is to keep the post shorter because there are lots of combinations…

My favorite combination:  The large man peg doll body and either the #7C or #7 wood bean pot candle cup as a hat.  It looks like a Beefeater with a bearskin hat to me!  Well, not exactly but close enough.  It also looks kinda like a Nutcracker soldier, too…

20A with a 7 candle cup as hat 1
#20A wood man peg doll with a #7 candle cup. Looks kinda like a Beefeater with a bearskin hat. Or a Nutcracker. Up to your imagination!

It’s possible you will need drill a 3/16″ hole into the head then glue a short piece of dowel into the hole… then wrap that dowel with something like paper or cotton balls or anything, really… then press down the candle cup down (large hole down).  Glue both together.  I’m not sure if glue alone is strong enough unless it’s purely a display piece.  I may do a project with these items in the future for fun.  I will post the results!

The other candle cups are not as impressive but I’ll show them to you so you can see what they look like.  Click on or hover cursor over each picture to read the comments – specific model numbers for each.  Yeah, some of the candle cups are wayyy too small but showing them anyway.   The one with the #1059 candle cup is a good one – similar to the Beefeater one but smaller candle cup.

Now for the last one… I used the wood tulip candle cup for this one.  Another variation on the Beefeater theme!  Or a soldier… Up to you.

#20A wood man peg doll with #132 wood tulip candle cup as a hat.

I will be posting more like this for each wood doll peg style.  Keep an eye out for these later posts which may include actual drilling and gluing.


A new category added today…

We have added a new category to the website today:  Pine Wood Car & Truck Bodies.  All car or truck bodies are milled from 3/4″ clear pine wood.  They all have 7/32″ holes, perfect for our axle pegs that’s for wheels with 1/4″ holes.

If you order them now, you should expect a slight delay of about 1 week because all are made to order, not kept in stock.

Pick out the one you like best then choose your favorite wood wheel with a 1/4″ hole.  Select the axle peg based on the wheel you chose.

Have fun!