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DIY Wooden Toy Vehicles - Car, Truck & Helicopter

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
I made these cars off a plan from but changed a few things and thought it would be helpful to make a post about the building process.


Materials Needed:
Select Pine Board - 4"-wide x 3/4"-thick
16 Wooden Wheels (1-1/4" to 1-1/2" diameter with 1/4" hole)
2 Axle Pegs (for Propellers) - 7/32"-wide x 1-1/4"-long
 1/4"-Diameter Wooden Dowel (Cut 8 2-1/2" Pieces for each Toy)
Wood Glue
Sand Paper
Car Template Printout (Click Here to Download)

Tools Needed:
Scroll Saw or Jigsaw
Router with 1/8" Round Over Bit (Optional)
Electric Sander (Optional)
Drill & Drill Bits

 Download and print vehicle template.  Cut out.  Trace patterns onto your pine board - I traced 1 of each plus an extra car to make 4 total.

Whether you are using a scroll saw or jigsaw, drill a large enough hole for blade in each vehicle window.  Cut pieces out.

If you choose to, use a router to round over all your edges with a 1/8" round over bit.  Sand all edges smooth.  You can see in the picture above the difference between the rough car and the routed/sanded car.

Drill holes for wheel axles and propellers for helicopter over each of the cross-hairs from template patterns.  For the wheels you want the holes slightly LARGER than 1/4" so your wheel axles will turn, for the propellers you want 1/4" holes.  Paint vehicles, let dry and lightly sand smooth.

Glue a wheel onto each dowel piece and set aside to dry.

For the propellers, rip a 3/8"-wide strip from your pine board, at least 8"-long.  Cut a 5"-long piece and 2"-long piece from that.  Drill a 1/4" hole in the center of each.

 Attach wheels and let dry.  Sand axles flush with wheels if you prefer (I didn't).

2 comments on "DIY Wooden Toy Vehicles - Car, Truck & Helicopter"
  1. nice work :) i love it and i will make one for my son :)

    1. You're welcome! If you have a bandsaw it will make it much easier! I use mine all the time making things for the kids. We're currently making airplanes! :)


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