Driveable wooden Car for my granddaughter

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Project by Tichomir Toth posted 12-22-2018 09:50 AM 1867 views 12 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest project is an electric car for my granddaughter.
Two years ago I saw a cheap landing gear differential on the internet. I bought it. At that time, I did not know exactly what to do with it.
Another interesting thing: In 1972 our family had a Czechoslovak car, namely Praga Baby. Today it is old-timer. I like its shape and lines. When I decided to make a car for my granddaughter, there was no question that it would look like Praga Baby. Of course, with many compromises.
I started with the chassis and running gears. The rear axle is rigid. The front suspension is solved with swinging
forks and shock absorbers. The rear axle is equipped with disc brakes.
For this project, I bought an old, rusty, cast iron 16” band saw. I repaired it completely. So now I have a good bandsaw.
Hubcaps was turned by my friend. Thank you Joska!
Metal parts and hubs was turned by my another friend. Thank you Jonas!
Of course lamps are also fitted. Including brake light and direction indicator.
I also mounted a tow hook. It is possible a quick connection of the wooden wagon wich I made in an earlier project.
I can replace the speed control potentiometer (with the help of jack plug) with an external piece. Until she learns to drive I will control the speed.
I know there are many accuracy and visual mistakes. I did not make a computer blueprint when the project starts.
My granddaughter have not tried it. I hope the dimensions will be right.
The engine is an 150 W electric motor. With sprockets, with additional speed reduction. No battery is available yet. For the time being I have used the screwdriver battery for testing.
The material is cherry and walnut. The frame is plywood. All treated with transparent lacquer.
The length of the car is 155 cm (61 inch) and the width is 67 cm (26 inches).
A short video available at:

Thank you for watching!
Merry Christmas!

-- Tichomir Toth, Slovakia,

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#1 posted 12-22-2018 09:59 AM


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#2 posted 12-22-2018 10:43 AM

This is a picture of a hard top.

So I would have to say its a very good representative.

Certainly a very precise build.

No battery? maybe look at a lcuston Lithium batterty pack from,

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 12-22-2018 11:05 AM

Very nice indeed one lucky little girl

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#4 posted 12-22-2018 11:33 AM

That is one outstanding project….well done.

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#5 posted 12-22-2018 11:39 AM

What a magnificent toy car but that’s really an understand; so much details work!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 12-22-2018 11:49 AM

outstanding, there are too many extreme highlights to pick just one or two.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 12-22-2018 12:11 PM

WOW…............That is a beautiful piece of work! You can be very proud of that project and she will love it!

Merry Christmas, Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 12-22-2018 12:37 PM

This is realy a masterpiece…out of any compettion category. Brilliant woodworking and engineering. I can’t imagine the reaction of the kid.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 12-22-2018 12:45 PM

Love it!! Saved it to favorites!

-- Let good people watch good videos!

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#10 posted 12-22-2018 12:50 PM

Magnificent!A beautiful Heirloom. Excellent woodwork, detail and Engineering.Great Job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#11 posted 12-22-2018 12:58 PM

Oh, I didn’t realize how big the car is until I watched the provided video… It looks even better there, I am sure in real life the car is even more stunning!! You granddaughter will treasure this car all her life, I am quite certain….

-- Let good people watch good videos!

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#12 posted 12-22-2018 02:19 PM

Master – Level work here!

Simply outstanding, great work :)

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#13 posted 12-22-2018 02:25 PM

Wow, pretty amazing. Great detail…especially like the suspension work!

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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#14 posted 12-22-2018 02:46 PM

I cant hardly believe this awesome car no words for it but WOW MAGNIFICENT MASTER GREAT JOB :<))
GRATZ TOP 3 no doubt should be editors choice also

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#15 posted 12-22-2018 03:13 PM

Absolutely wonderful! The suspension is great. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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