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How to make a wooden toy car

How to make a wooden toy car
Issue Time:2017-06-20

This is a plan for a simple wooden toy car. 

Step 1: Design


This is the design for the body of the car. If you right click and save this picture it should print out to scale. The car is 6 inches long and just over two inches tall.

Step 2: Tools Required


These are the tools and materials needed:

1. 8" or more of 1X4 pine board
2. 6" of 3/16 dowel rod
3. Coping Saw
4. 1/4" drill bit
5. 7/8" flat wood bit
6. 1-1/2" hole saw with 3/16" guide bit
7. Drill (not pictured) 

Step 3: Making the Body of the Car


Cut out the pattern and trace it onto one corner of the pine board. Be sure to also mark the holes for the axles and the window. Then, clamping the wood firmly in place, cut along the traced edge with the coping saw. 

Step 4: Windows & Axle Shafts


Drill the two holes for the axles using the 1/4" drill bit, and then drill out the window using the 7/8" flat wood bit. 

Step 5: Making the Wheels.


Using the remainder of the 1X4 board, cut out the wheels using the 1-1/2" hole saw. Then cut the dowel rod in half, so that you have two 3" axle pieces. 

Step 6: Finish & Assembly


Sand all the rough edges. Then, insert the dowel rods into the wheels and tamp lightly with a hammer until they slightly protrude from the other side as seen in the picture below. After that, you can put the axles on the car and tap on the remaining wheels from the other side. 

Step 7: Testing & Review.


Test the quality of your work by giving it to a kid near you. By the look on this little guy's face I think this one will be just fine! 
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