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Project by olivine posted 10-25-2012 03:43 AM 1370 views 21 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made one of these for my daughter a few years ago and have decided they are great presents for friends having kids. The nice thing about the project is that they are mega easy, take only an hour or so each and kids love them. I got a little carried away this time and decided to make several at once. I just couldn’t help having a little fun taking pictures afterwards either.

The car bodies are made from 3/4” white ash and colored with analine dye and finished with shellac. The wheels are maple and finished with tung oil. I picked up a hundred of the wheels somewhere online for about $0.20 a wheel.

The first one was cut with a bandsaw and I used files to smooth the profile, but filing took forever so I made a pattern for routing. It was a little frightening to route such a small object. I also lost two in the process when I hit some wave in the grain.


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#1 posted 10-25-2012 03:50 AM

these are really nice

and it looks like you
will have to make some more

so you can play too

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#2 posted 10-25-2012 09:59 AM

Great job.
Are you sure you’re ready to give these up for her to play with? Looks like you’re having too much fun.

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#3 posted 10-25-2012 10:03 AM

Very cute. Perfect for the little ones.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 10-25-2012 10:30 AM

Very nice and some cool colors!!!!!

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#5 posted 10-25-2012 11:39 AM

Some of the best toys are so simple.

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#6 posted 10-25-2012 02:04 PM

Super duper agreee with magicman.

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#7 posted 10-25-2012 02:56 PM

I want some too. They are just so cute.

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#8 posted 10-25-2012 04:26 PM

The holes in these are great for small kids to grab on to. wonderful toys!!

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#9 posted 10-25-2012 04:27 PM

I could of swore you made those wheels!! They will get just as much action as the lame toys on sale at Walmart these days. Now the box they came in? Sorry but they might get neglected on that one. Who knows they might turn the box into a parking garage of some sort who knows….

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#10 posted 10-25-2012 09:19 PM

Fun and sweet gifts. You did them very well.

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#11 posted 10-26-2012 07:20 AM

Very Nice work! Thanks For Posting!


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#12 posted 10-26-2012 12:30 PM

Very nice cars! And the colors!

I’m very interested in staining wood, also to make some toys for the kids. One question about anilines: Do you paint the pieces or bath them in aniline?

(I’m not sure if bath is the right verb here, I mean putting them into the aniline solution for some time)

thanks for sharing


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#13 posted 10-26-2012 02:26 PM

gepatino, thanks for the question.

Before I put analine dyes on wood, I flood the surface with water, wipe off the excess, let it dry and then sand it smooth to 220 grit. This gets rid of the strongly raised grain that happens with water soluable dyes.

Before applying the dye, I wet the surface again with a wet rag, spray bottle or wet brush. This opens the grain a little so that the surface accepts the dye more evenly (less splotching). Then I add the dye with a soft nylon brush, although I imagine any brush will do. Sometimes I apply with a rag with swirling motions. This is particulary good if trying to blend colors. I let the piece dry and then add another coat or two until I have a nice deep even color. If the grain raises significantly again I’ll sand it lightly with 220 and usually have to add more dye to color spots that I sand through.

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#14 posted 10-26-2012 05:09 PM

Thanks for the quick answer, do you wet the surface before each aniline hand?


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#15 posted 10-26-2012 05:36 PM

I only lightly wet the surface if I let it dry completely between each application. If the surface is large enough (larger than these little toys, like a bowl) I’ll just coat one side, coat the next and then go back to the first using swirling motions to try and blend the dye as much as possible.

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