Operation Christmas Child Cars

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Project by Kposty posted 08-23-2021 10:40 AM 926 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all. My first post, though I’ve gotten so much inspiration from this group. Here’s what I’ve been working on this summer. Small wooden cars to pack in shoeboxes that are distributed across the world for Operation Christmas Child. The steps of the process are: mill the logs (pine, basswood, and poplar) to 2”x4”; air dry the wood; put wood through the molder planer; group four “sticks” of wood together and chop saw them 1” thick; toss them in the sander (HF cement mixer with sanding blocks); drill holes using a custom jig for axels and wheels; assemble cars (groups of people work great here…grandkids on up to my 91-year-old father); mineral oil finish.

Last year (2020) we produced 10,000 cars. This year (2021) we are on target to complete 20,000 cars!

Plans for the drilling jigs and chop saw jig available for the asking.


-- Ken Lowell Mi

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#1 posted 08-23-2021 12:42 PM

Hi Ken. I’m glad you posted this project. It sure is a big one and will make a lot of kids happy that might get nothing else for Christmas. Very good of you!! Maybe after you reach your 40,000 goal, you will switch over to pick up trucks like the auto industry!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 08-23-2021 01:04 PM

After 1197 days, it’s about time you got off your rrrs Kpotsy and heralded your presence.

Great effort and it’s nice to see someone making use of their “environment” to bring unexpected joy to others (kids)... however, I’d hate to pick up your shoe-box bill.

What a great effort and scene to get that pack of “misfits” contributing to your venture… doesn’t take much to replace a frown with a smile… well done.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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-- Will, TX -- "You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas" - Davy Crockett

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#4 posted 08-23-2021 03:00 PM

Great reason for a project, well done.

-- Ron

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#5 posted 08-23-2021 03:08 PM

these cars are blessing in heaven GREAT JOB & CAUSE :<)))))))))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#6 posted 08-23-2021 03:31 PM

Nice work! I’m glad you’re able to do this!



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#7 posted 08-23-2021 03:44 PM

Please don’t tell me you planted the tree’s for harvest for this project – That would be the ABSOLUTE effort for a GREAT gift.
As it is, you’ve done quite well with a toy that is usable and surely welcome. Great Job !

-- 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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#8 posted 08-23-2021 08:44 PM


That is a wonderful project and I’m sure our Great Wood Worker – In – The – Heavens is smiling, admiring your great work, and making trees grow faster just for you!

God bless!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#9 posted 08-23-2021 11:10 PM

Amazing…well done…very cool…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 08-23-2021 11:12 PM

WOW! Very nice! These always have been in the back of my mind to make. What do you do for the wheels? If you addressed that somehow, I didn’t understand it.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 08-24-2021 01:25 AM

I see a lot of happy kids in your future!
Very nice indeed!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#12 posted 08-24-2021 01:52 AM

This is great on so many levels. Wonderful job and very inspiring.

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#13 posted 08-24-2021 02:00 AM

There are so many cool things about the project (family involvement, the mission, toy cars…) But the technique is awesome. That is cool that you use the molder to get the car profile. AND the cement mixer for the sander. Very clever.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 08-24-2021 07:20 PM

Thank you all for your comments!

-- Ken Lowell Mi

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#15 posted 08-25-2021 12:32 AM

G’Day Ken, What a magnificent effort for such a worthy cause as Operation Christmas Child!

WELL DONE & Top marks to all the helpers

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

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