Pedal Car Planter

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Project by Andy posted 06-04-2008 04:52 AM 4333 views 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.haha

The 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.

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#1 posted 06-04-2008 04:58 AM

Looks pretty cool, and a cute little driver.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 06-04-2008 05:01 AM

Nicely done! I bet it was fun with the little helper.

-- Tom, Michigan ~ Working with a renewable resource called wood

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#3 posted 06-04-2008 05:51 AM

fun fun fun

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#4 posted 06-04-2008 08:31 AM

Great looking little car! You did a beautiful job on it. I see you have helpers like I do. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 06-04-2008 11:19 AM

This is a nicely designed planter. It was a wonderful idea to get your granddaughter involved in the project as well. But to tell you the truth I think you are fighting a losing battle trying to keep them off the car. :) Even though they can’t “take it for a spin” I am betting they will find a way to play in it.

Thanks for the post. I enjoyed both the post and the story behind it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 06-04-2008 02:31 PM

Very cute idea nicely done.

Can I borrow your painter? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 06-04-2008 02:40 PM

What model and year of car is it based on? I like this project for two reasons. First is the last picture you posted. and second is why you made it. Nice work. Nice story. Nice assistant. (Gotta get me one of those, so I don’t have to bend down to paint those low spots.) ha ha. Thanks.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#8 posted 06-04-2008 03:26 PM

This is just a wonderful project. Great idea, planning, story and results.

“A tip of the Hat” to you and your little helper.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#9 posted 06-04-2008 05:08 PM


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#10 posted 06-04-2008 05:27 PM

Super cool thanks for the post.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 06-04-2008 06:51 PM

Great looking little car!Super cool

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#12 posted 06-04-2008 09:39 PM

Great looking planter, my grandson wouldn’t let me put dirt in it though, he’d want to make it ride some how. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 06-05-2008 03:25 AM

Very cool and it gives me an idea of what I can have my 3 & 5 year old grand daughters help with. Thanks for posting this!

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#14 posted 06-06-2008 12:32 AM

Hi Andy;

Great work here.

I hope you paid the painter well!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 06-07-2008 04:30 PM

Thanks everyone!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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