Wooden cars and trucks

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Project by Brett posted 09-19-2011 09:40 AM 4294 views 20 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As woodworkers, I’m sure that most of us have made, or at least considered making, Christmas gifts for family and friends. I’m no exception.

These are some cars and trucks that I made for Christmas (2009) for my kids. I have 7 kids so that is why there are so many.

I found a basic style of car that I liked and I sketched out the designs on paper and made copies for patterns to cut them out. I used simple 3/4” thick pine bought from one of the big box stores. I drilled the holes for the windows and, cut the bodies out on the bandsaw. I bought the wooden wheels from the craft store and sprayed them black. I chucked a dowel in a cordless drill and spun the black wheels to paint silver rims and some with white walled tires. The car bodies were sprayed with the colors that you see.

My favorites are the semi trucks with the ACME logo on them. Is ACME a real company? As a kid, I never understood what ACME was when I saw it in the cartoons. Come to think of it, I still don’t think that I get it. :)

Anyway, the kids loved the cars, I had a blast making them, and we still find these cars scattered throughout the house so they must still be getting played with.

Thanks for looking.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 10:30 AM

these are really quite cool ….i ight have to make some for my lad when he is born…well done

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 01:57 PM

They look great, nice job!! Like the simple design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 02:18 PM

Nice looking gifts. But 7 Kids!!! I would hate to see your grocery bill!!

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 03:54 PM

Very fun! This proves that a toy does not have to be complicated to stimulate a lot of imagination and fun!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 03:58 PM

These are very nice things to make for the kids and I’ll bet they really will enjoy them.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 09-19-2011 04:04 PM

My grandchildren will love these, once I borrow your great idea and make them some ;-) Thanks for sharing with us

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 09-19-2011 04:14 PM

UAO, as they say here in Brazil, was very good, excellent.

-- Brazjuca guarapari Brasil. All worth it when the soul is not small. (Fernando Pessoa)

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#8 posted 09-20-2011 12:02 AM

They looked like at lot of fun to make. Seeing how these were presents for the kids, I guess they didn’t get to help with them. Good idea for painting the tires too. It couldn’t have taken too much time, at least maybe five would have been faster, but the more there are, the more fun we have. I bet the childrens ministry at church would love a batch of these. I’m sure you won’t mind if I use this for a good cause, now would you? lol
Looks great. Thanks for sharing.

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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#9 posted 09-20-2011 01:51 AM

Thanks everyone for the encouraging words. These were simple and fun to make.

Chuck- you go for it!

I think that I still have my sketches. If I can find them and figure out how to post full scale images, anyone can use them. I didn’t “invent” the wooden car. ;)

If anyone knows how I can upload full size pattterns, let me know and I will see what I can find. Christmas is coming up you know!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#10 posted 09-20-2011 10:33 PM

I’ll bet the kids go for these. Some of my grandkids most reused toys are something I put together on a whim in the shop while that $50.00 piece of plastic I bought them hardly ever gets used. Nice job Brett….....

-- mike...............

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#11 posted 09-22-2011 11:54 AM

Cool! I have made similar cars and trucks like them and my grandsons play with them all the time.

-- arnies

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#12 posted 09-22-2011 03:05 PM


These are the greatest. They all have that Dr. Suess look to them. I love it.

To post the patterns, get them into a .jpg file(or .gif) and insert them here into one of your posts using the ‘img’ button. Or you can Edit your original post and post them there.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 09-24-2011 12:12 PM

Brett, Those are wonderful toys for the kids. In my case grand and great grand kids. I’d love a copy of your sketches if you can post them. If not how about email?

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#14 posted 09-25-2011 04:35 AM

I found the sketches and I will try and figure out how to show them. I can take a picture and post the really easy but they wont be full size of course.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#15 posted 09-26-2011 09:12 PM

Brett, do you have a scanner on your computer? If you do, or can get access to one, scan them in as PDF’s and then email them to those that want them.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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