|Project by Andy||posted 06-04-2008 04:52 AM||4124 views||7 times favorited||19 comments|
I made this for my wife, Marilyn, who has always loved old pedal cars, but there just isnt too many places you can display one, keep the grandkids off of it, and not have the elements damage it. We have had a few over the years and wind up getting rid of them, so I decided I would make one from wood to display on the patio and use as a planter. It can take weather a little better and get a fresh coat of paint, maybe even change colors, every few years.
I took measurements off of a tiny ceramic collectable car about 3’’ long. I played with the scale until it looked about right to my eye and then got to work. I used a wide range of scrap to build it, including MDF,plywood and cedar. I used a trammel and a router to cut the wheels and then mounted toy car wooden wheels onto them for the hub caps.The tires dont rotate to discourage children from taking it for a spin.hahaThe seat is a series of slats to support a planter and to allow drainage.
The most difficult part was figuring out how to make and mount the windshield frame. I decided to make the hood flat, to simplify construction and then mounted a tapered hood onto that, which also supports the windshield. Alot of time was spent just cutting and fitting, more time than I would have thought possible. But as you already know, most of the time is spent getting the design right. I really enjoyed this project and overall I am pleased with the outcome.
Measurements are about = 36’’ long x 20’’ high x 16’’ wide.
My painting assistant was my granddaughter LeAnne.
-- If I can do it, so can you.