Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Making a wooden toy car



Block of wood 
Drill press
Flush cut saw
Marking gauge 
Forstner bit 1 1/8” and 3/8” for recess in the wheels
Brad point drill bit 7/32” and 3/8”
Sandpaper 80-220
Axle pegs for 1/4” wheels. 7/32”
(1/4” dowel and a piece of scrap wood for jig)
1” dowel or 4 1” slab wheels with 1/4” holes 
Wood glue
Food safe finish

Optional: paste wax for wheels and axles. Whittling knife, spray adhesive. 

*Start with a squared piece of wood

*Draw out car shape or attach template or design 

*Using a marking gauge and an awl, mark out placement of holes for wheels, axle pegs and headlights 

*Trim axle pegs to size using a simple jig and flush cut saw 

*Drill holes using drill press using wheels and pegs as a reference

*Cut out car shape on bandsaw (or handsaw)

*Round over sharp edges using sandpaper (optional: chisel, knife or apron plane)

*Apply food safe finish 

*Glue axles and wheels

Let dry and swerve fast ; )

Printable template with measurements is available below. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

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