Toy Car

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Project by Von posted 12-06-2012 12:07 AM 1534 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Even though my wood-shop has no heater, and it’s certainly cold enough to freeze mass amounts of water outside now, I just HAD to get out and do something in the shop. Something, anything. So I bundled up warm, and headed out to work in the cold. I sorted through the scrap bin for a length of 2”:x4” and a scrap piece of 1”x5”. I scribbled out a rough shape on the 2”x4” and fed it to the band saw, then to a drill press, and then to the bench sander.

I chucked up a 2.5” hole-saw bit into the drill press and then grabbed that 1”x5.” A few minutes later I had a dozen wheels punched out of that old scrap 1”x5” board.

The car’s body was punched out for a 3/8” dowel axle. That meant my hole-saw’s 1/4 center holes had to be reamed out a smidge. So each wheel had to visit the drill press once more with a 3/8” bit. I rough sanded all parts to 150 grit. The wheels and axles are so snug, that I had to use a mallet to put em together. NO glue. I’m not sure they even need it. But then again, the parts were ice cold, and have yet to acclimate. Future versions might need glue up…. maybe. I kinda like doing things with no glue if I can help it.

This was pretty much just a rough prototype / concept project. I wanted to see how long it would take me to get it done, and more importantly, if the end results were worth the effort. Would the toy get rave review.. or would it end up back in the scrap bin? I set the car down on the kitchen table… and it promptly disappeared. Suppose I need to make a few more eh?

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#1 posted 12-06-2012 01:00 AM

heh heh…. pic in center right caption … “MINE!”
Pic in bottom left caption… “NO! MINE!”
Pic in bottom right caption… “Make another one!”

Yeah, I’d say you need to make some more! :-)

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 01:43 AM

yea, gotta make a few more… I have 3 kids here at my house, and grandpa wants a half dozen or more cars/trucks for all the 8 or so grandkids when they come to visit him.

I plan to whip up a fair number of em as parts. Get em all sanded down nice. And then let the kids paint and put em together.

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#3 posted 12-06-2012 05:53 AM

Those must be what they call “big wheels”. Nice toys…..........................

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#4 posted 12-06-2012 11:43 AM

You’ll never quit now.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 02-03-2013 09:15 AM

G’day Von, Well done and the little one looks very pleased with the gift.
I’ve made a heap of similar for the local community club for there kindygym classes and got away with 5/16”dia axles, so yours will last for years to come giving hours of fun & play.
Cheers, crowie

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#6 posted 02-22-2013 03:47 AM

Just the beginning!

There is a real joy in making toys; even if the young people don’t really “get them”!

Just going to be finishing up a “rocking elephant” from my own “pattern”. For accuracy a re-design as I went along project!

I thought that my rocking horse templates would be usable, WRONG! All they helped with was general sizes.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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