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Wood Turnings Craft and Toy Parts

Mar 4, 2024
Wood Turnings: Craft and Toy Parts

Wood turnings are a popular choice for crafts and toy parts. These products are used in various DIY projects, woodworking, and toy making. 

They offer endless possibilities for creative projects and are a staple for any woodworking enthusiast.  

At Midwest Dowel, we offer a wide variety of these products.  

The wood turnings we carry include spindles, pegs, finials, candle cups, craft sticks, geometric shapes, knobs, pole sockets, toy wheels, axle pegs, wooden people, and cargo/train parts. 

In this post, we will highlight each of our wood-turning products and how they can be used in application. 

wooden rocking chair



Wood spindles are narrow, cylindrical rods typically made from wood and are used in furniture making, staircases, and projects, like ornaments, candle holders, and even as components in children's toys. 

Spindles provide a decorative piece to the structural elements in woodworking projects.  

For instance, they add an intricate and creative aspect to furniture, such as chair backs, staircases, and table legs.  

Our birch and oak spindles come in a variety of sizes ranging from 1-1/2” to 11”. Look to Midwest Dowel for your next spindle project!  




Pegs have a tapered shape, allowing them to be easily inserted into holes or slots. They are commonly used in woodworking to join pieces of wood together strongly and durably.  

Pegs can be used to secure mortise and tenon joints, as well as for pegging timber frames and joinery, like simple outdoor furniture such as tables and chairs.  

Browse our selection of pegs and choose between birch or oak mud pegs, tie racks, and shaker pegs! We even have micro and mini pegs in sizes ranging from 1-1/8” to 1¾" for the smallest of projects.

In addition to woodworking, pegs can also be used for various crafts and DIY projects. Some common crafts or projects that can be done using wood pegs include making wooden toys, creating wooden puzzles, building miniature furniture, and constructing small-scale models. 




Wood finials are decorative elements often used as a decorative finishing touch for various woodworking projects and are typically carved or turned from wood and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs. 

You usually see finials as decorative accents for furniture, staircases, curtain rods, and other projects. 

Finials can also be used in jewelry making and crafting home decor items such as clock tops or picture frame embellishments. 

Get crafty and check out our selection of birch finials to spruce up your home!  

wood candle stick

Candle Cups 


Wood candle cups are small, usually cylindrical, wooden containers designed to hold candles. They typically have a small indentation in the center to secure the candle in place. 

Candle cups are used for various decorative and functional purposes. They can be used to hold a single taper candle for a simple and classic look, or they can be used as part of a larger candle holder or centerpiece. 

They can also be used in woodworking projects to add a touch of style to items such as shelves, furniture, or wall sconces. 

Embrace elegance and creativity with classic candle cups, country candle cups, and bean pot candle cups in birch or oak all available for you!  


Craft Sticks 


Wood craft sticks, also known as popsicle sticks, are small, flat sticks made from wood that are typically about 4.5 inches in length and can be easily painted, glued, or carved to create unique designs and shapes. 

Craft sticks are used for a wide range of projects, including making unique picture frames, building miniature houses, creating jewelry and keychains, and even constructing small-scale bridges and buildings. 

If you want to learn more about different DIY projects you can do with craft sticks, click here!  

Find the perfect size craft sticks you need by browsing through our variety packs.  

wooden geometric shapes

Geometric Shapes 


Wood geometric shapes are wooden pieces cut into specific shapes like squares, triangles, circles, and hexagons. These shapes are used for many crafts and educational activities for children. 

Common crafts or projects that can be done using wood geometric shapes include creating mosaic art, building 3D structures, designing puzzles, and making jewelry or decor.  

Additionally, wood geometric shapes can be used for DIY home decor, such as making wall art or as part of a mobile or hanging decoration. 

Check out our supply of birch wood balls, discs, cubes, and more for your next activity! 

wooden drawer



Wood knobs are small, circular, or spherical objects made from wood. They typically have a flat or slightly curved surface and a threaded hole in the center for attachment. 

Wood knobs are commonly used as decorative elements and functional parts for cabinets, drawers, and furniture. Wood knobs are used to open and close doors and drawers by providing a comfortable grip and leverage. 

Some common crafts or projects that use wood knobs include DIY furniture making, cabinet refurbishing, and woodworking projects such as jewelry boxes, picture frames, and decorative wall hangings.  

Shop our large selection of ball knobs, mushroom knobs, and shaker knobs. We have birch, maple, and cherry wood species made specifically to complement your unique home design.  

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Pole Sockets 


Wood pole sockets are small, cylindrical devices made of wood, typically with a hole in the center. They are designed to securely hold a wooden pole in place, providing stability and support for various projects and crafts. 

By using pole sockets, you can easily create a variety of DIY projects such as hanging planters, towel racks, coat racks, and shelving units. 

Choose between our heavy duty or standard birch wood pole sockets to hold all your projects in place!  

wood wheels

Toy Wheels 


Toy wheels are small, circular wheels typically made of plastic or wood that are specifically designed for use in toys and crafts. They come in many sizes and can be found in stores that supply materials for crafting and woodworking. 

Toy wheels are commonly used for creating and enhancing the functionality of toy cars, trucks, and other wheeled toys. 

Toy wheels are easy to work with and can be attached to various materials such as wood, plastic, and cardboard using glue, screws, or axles. 

Check out our selection of standard or treaded toy wheels for your next woodworking project!  


Axel Pegs 


Wood axle pegs are small cylindrical rods made of wood designed to be inserted into wooden axle ends.  

Axel pegs can be used for woodworking projects, particularly in the construction of wooden toys like toy wheels, model cars, and other small-scale vehicles. 

For example, axle pegs secure toy wheels to the axle, preventing them from sliding off while in use. 

They are typically made of hardwood or other sturdy wood materials to ensure durability and stability. 

If you want to learn more about the different types of wood species you can use, click here

Find all the top-quality axel pegs you need by viewing our shop today!  

wooden people

Wooden People 


Wooden people are small figurines or dolls that are made from wood. They are often carved, shaped, and painted to resemble human figures, with detailed features and expressions. 

They are often used to create traditional and vintage-style toys for children. They can be used to make simple dolls or figures for imaginative play. 

You may also see wooden people being used for custom cake toppers, miniature dioramas, and mixed-media art.  

Embrace creativity and use our wooden little people in your next craft or activity! We have options for wooden boys, girls, men, and women.  

wooden toy train

Cargo/Train Parts 


Cargo trains are an exciting, entertaining, and common DIY project for craft enthusiasts. Our wood cargo and train parts are used in the construction and assembly of cargo trains.  

These parts are typically made of durable and strong wood, such as oak or pine, to provide stability and support for the train's cargo. 

Midwest Dowel has everything you need to build one yourself. Click here to browse through our geometric shapes.  

We also have parts that will bring your train to life including oil cans, milk jugs, and more!  

In addition to creating your own train, wood cargo and train parts, such as wooden flatbeds can be used to transform rustic coffee tables, sideboards can be repurposed into shelving units, and stakes can be used for garden trellises or decorative signs. 

Wood Turnings: Craft and Toy Parts with Midwest Dowel


At Midwest Dowel our dedication to providing top-notch products ensures that you can rely on the durability and reliability of your wood turnings.  

Our company's expertise in wood crafting and attention to detail guarantee that you are receiving the best possible products for your projects.  

Also, our commitment to customer satisfaction means we are always ready to assist with inquiries or requests.  

Located in Cincinnati but serving nationwide and beyond, our wide selection of wood turning crafts and toy parts are all conveniently found on our website and shipped directly to your doorstep.   

Click here to browse through all our wood-turning crafts and toy parts

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