|Project by ww_bcn||posted 11-16-2014 08:17 AM||2119 views||7 times favorited||12 comments|
Hi LJs! After the warm welcome on my first project [http://lumberjocks.com/projects/107938] I decided to continue posting other woodworking projects that I’ve been doing for a while.
The next project I’m presenting here is a simple wooden toy car that I made a week ago for a 18 month old friend’s son. This was the first toy I ever made and I wanted to came with an original and ergonomic design without being too complicated to build. For the main body and the wheels I used scrap pieces of pine and beech. The other goal was to make a safe and durable toy. I used a 8mm metal rod for the wheel axis that I kept from a trash furniture instead of a beech rod which did not have in the shop. During the making process I learned some important things about making wooden toys for kids. One of them is to avoid the small pieces because although they are well glued, can be dangerous if somehow break loose. So in the second version of this car I did not use the tiny slices of beech rod to cover the metal axis (instead, I avoided the full bore of the wheel, leaving the axis hidden). In this second version I neither use the metal washers.
I stained the pine with a non toxic tint and for the finish I apply two coats of mineral oil. Next time I’m thinking to combine different wood species to avoid applying tint and therefore to provide a more natural and authentic product.
I also made a simple gift box for this car, as you can see I one of the pictures. It was made also with pine board that I put together with a simple butt joints. I made a rebate to allow to in and out a sliding cover in which I made a little circular recess to improve the ergonomics. I finished also with mineral oil and filled with pine shavings as packing protection for the toy.
If you liked this project you can also take a look to the video making proces.
I hope you like it. Be free to make any criticism or comment. I’ll try to answer your questions.
Needless to say that you can use freely the design of this toy. I encourage you to make a simple wooden toys for your children.
Regards from Barcelona!