Wood Toy car
How to build a simple wood toy car.
With the increasing popularity of 4-wheel drive off-road vehicles, it was only a matter of time before we came out with our “wood” version. The scale of this toy is fairly accurate, so the finished product looks very much like a real 4 x 4. In fact, you may be a bit reluctant to hand this fine looking toy over to junior. Don’t worry though, it’s built tough and will take punishment, just like the genuine article.
We built our 4 x 4 using cherry and walnut, but most any wood will do. It is best to select a dark wood for the blocks (A and B), as this will lend the wheel wells and grill an authentic look.
Step by step instructions
- Cut the stock for part A about 8-1/2” long to accommodate the notches to accept the bumpers later on.
- Cut part B to size.
- Cut out the stock for the hood ©, top (D), sides (E), bumpers (F and G), and the axle blocks (H). Note: cut these parts square since you will be shaping after assembly.
- Use the dado head to cut the notch in part B to accept the hood.
- Use the dado head to cut the axle grooves in parts H.
- Chamfer the axle block edges as shown.
- Hot glue together the two 1/2” thick side pieces temporarily.
- Transfer the illustrated grid pattern to the sides.
- Use a saber or jig saw to cut both pieces at the same time.
- Drill a starter hole for the window cut-outs.
- Use the jig or saber saw to cut out the windows.
- Cut the profiles for the bumper notches.
- Separate the two sides.
- Glue the two blocks (A and B) together.
- Add the sides, positioning them so the upper block protrudes 1/8” at the front, giving the appearance of a grill.
- Glue the hood and top in place.
- Sand to shape as shown.
- Use a plane to bevel the sides and the top.
- Use the table saw dado head to cut the back bumper notch to 3/8” wide and the front bumper bumper notch to 1/4” wide.
- Glue both bumpers in place and flush their lower edges to continue the angled undercarriage profile, front and rear.
- Add the axle blocks and mount the wheels and axles. NOTE: since there is little clearance on either side of the wheel wells, axle block position is important, and you must watch out for slippage along the axle block glue lines.
- Sand the 4 x 4 thoroughly, breaking all sharp edges.
- Leave the toy unfinished.
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