Wooden Cars for Christmas

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 05-01-2013 01:47 PM 1792 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto]

Yes, I know it’s May. See my blog entry near this date for the explanation. These are two wooden cars I built for my great nephew. I made them from new pine, so there would be no worries about used wood having ‘whatever’ in it. Each blank was created by gluing together two 3/4 inch boards. I then drew a rough outline of a car and cut them out on my band saw. Then I drilled a hole large enough for fingers not to get caught in and drilled the holes for the axles. The wheels I made with a hole saw and a scrap of 3/4 inch pine. The car were painted with water based acrylic. They’re probably still tearing across the floor as I write this.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 06:30 PM

Great little project. I’m sure they will get more miles put on them than the finest model from any of the real car dealers. Vrooom Vrooom!

-- Evil can only thrive when good men do nothing.......E. Burke

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 10:21 PM

You seem to have covered your bases with making these wonderful toys safe for your great nephew. I am sure he will get a lot of enjoyment of them.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 05-01-2013 11:10 PM

G’day Dave,
These are great wooden cars, simple & strong for hours of play….well done….
One suggestion which I do is to coat the acrylic paint with a few coats with some clear gloss lacquer to give the toy a harder outer shell for all the rough & tumble. Just use pressure pack cans, shack & rattle…

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

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#4 posted 05-02-2013 12:46 AM

You should have a bunch by Christmas. Nice job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 05-02-2013 09:00 AM

Great, I really like those nice cars … one more happly boy !

-- Muriel, Belgium

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#6 posted 05-03-2013 04:05 PM

They are way more sturdy and durable than the plastic ones. Kids will get loads of fun playing with them. Great job!

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#7 posted 05-06-2013 03:02 AM

How did you make the axles?

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#8 posted 05-06-2013 10:39 AM

#easiersaidthandone, The axles are dowels that fit the hole in the wheels. I believe in my case they were 1/4 in. dowels. The corresponding holes in the vehicles are a little bit bigger than the dowels.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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