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Forum topic by InsideTheBox posted 10-14-2015 06:01 PM 612 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2015 06:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: toy car train arts and crafts

Hey Fellow woodworkers/toymakers—

I have never put together a working wooden toy but would like to figure it out and bring in a ready-to-make project for an after-school upper elementary class. I figure they will learn and so will I (maybe I will learn never to try THAT again!). I have about 24 students in a 2-hour space every afternoon, that usually dwindles down to 10 by the end of the day.

Can anyone refer me to a source for how-to’s on small cars? I figure we can start with the concept of an axle and wheel stuck on a block (paint it and call it a car), and work our way up to batman or old-fashioned cars, a train for the holidays, and maybe a little wooden airplane. Yeah, I have high hopes. I’m also probably way underestimating my own prep time. Some of them will actually get it, though, and that will be cool. I have found a source for 100-200 cheap wheels that the school can actually afford, so thank goodness I don’t have to make or pay for THAT.

Any input is welcome!! Thanks!!

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#1 posted 10-15-2015 10:47 AM

Check out Pine Wood Derby cars internet images. These are about the simplest form you can make. A block of wood slotted for the axles. Anyone can cut these type for you & they can be easily carved or custom painted.

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