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Project by Dan posted 02-28-2016 09:06 PM 1008 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We are expecting our first, and got to know several couples in our birth classes. I made a toy car for each of the new babies. Most were freeform sketching on scraps I had laying around with 1” holes for little fingers The fanciest two tone car was from this plan

I hate the wooden pegs that serve as axles, I couldn’t get them to line up right so that all four wheels would be on the ground. I found by using 1/4 threaded rods and epoxying lock nuts (avoid choking hazards) the axle would float enough that all wheels would roll. This way they’re less likely to break when being roughly played with, and I actually liked how the nuts look.

Thanks for looking!





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htl

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#1 posted 02-28-2016 09:33 PM

These are some really cute toys and well made.
They have a silly look to them that is just out standing.
The drag and sports cars really look fast!!!
Well done.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Redoak49

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#2 posted 02-28-2016 09:42 PM

Nice cars….

I also hate the pegs. I use oak dowels for axles and drill holes thru the cars. After I finish the cars, I lightly sand the inside of the holes to make them roll better. My grandson loves racing them across the floor.

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chevybowtieguy

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#3 posted 02-29-2016 01:14 AM

Nice job.

-- - chevybowtieguy

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#4 posted 02-29-2016 02:45 AM

Those are cute! Great projects!

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#5 posted 02-29-2016 06:03 AM

Nice job!
You gave me a good idea for my youngest grandson because he is a car nut!
He brings some of the cars from the movie CARS everyday we have him for day care and he knows all their names.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 02-29-2016 01:42 PM

These are great! I love the bus.

Get lots of woodworking in now. You’ll be very busy soon.

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#7 posted 02-29-2016 02:52 PM

Great cars for young kids and big ones too. I like the simplicity, The latest ones that I have made are not really kid toys and they are the ones that appreciate them the most. Self locking nilock nuts would solve the problem of them coming off too. I made some toys for grandson and used 1/4 bolts with washers, they will tread themselves into the wood and be solid.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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ralbuck

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#8 posted 02-29-2016 08:18 PM

Neat little cars.

As a toy maker; I use 3/8 dowel for the axles. I drill all the way through the blanks before even cutting.
I use a fence on the drill press and drill slightly larger holes than the axles. I even have to enlarge the holes in the wheels. to use that size. I had used 1/4 oak dowels; but the kids were twisting them off; for some reason oak does not take that twist! I use old candle stubs and wax the axles before gluing the last wheel on it. I glue one and let it dry before the last assembly! I keep the holes tight enough that I have to use a little force to get the wheels on the axles. An old socket and light tapping seems to work well.

Most of my toy cars & truck are just free form cut; not even a sketch on the wood. The easy cheap toy car blank is from almost any construction site, 2 by 4 or 2 by 6 short stubs they are throwing away anyway.

Making toys is fun and we want to see more!

-- just rjR

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#9 posted 03-01-2016 07:13 PM

Beautiful and simple design. Kids will love it, I’m sure.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dan

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#10 posted 03-01-2016 07:17 PM

Thanks for the kind comments all!


Neat little cars.

As a toy maker; I use 3/8 dowel for the axles. I drill all the way through the blanks before even cutting.
I use a fence on the drill press and drill slightly larger holes than the axles. I even have to enlarge the holes in the wheels. to use that size. I had used 1/4 oak dowels; but the kids were twisting them off; for some reason oak does not take that twist! I use old candle stubs and wax the axles before gluing the last wheel on it. I glue one and let it dry before the last assembly! I keep the holes tight enough that I have to use a little force to get the wheels on the axles. An old socket and light tapping seems to work well.

- ralbuck

Thanks for that idea, I think a 3/8 would be much better than the 1/4 usually used. Hadn’t thought about drilling out the wheels.

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