Woodworkers with a passion for making wooden construction toys will love these chunky model toys.
Designed and built to last, these wooden toys make the perfect "made with love" gift for children.
Make this delightful toy grader with this free plan, complete with step by step instructions, diagrams and photos.
There is just enough detail to stimulate the imagination of children and adults alike.
This construction toy can be made with just a few tools.
You may also need the following items to complete the project:
A 12 inch disc sander or linisher with sanding disk attachment is very useful for trimming up end grain and squaring off small pieces of wood.
If you are going to make your own wheels for this wooden construction toy, a drill press is recommended. You will also need a 16mm spade bit, a 6mm drill bit and a circle cutter modified to cut wheels instead of holes.
This wooden construction toy can be made with bits of wood left over from other projects.
I made mine from a piece of left over pine 19mm thick by 140mm wide by 500mm long. The wheels were also cut out of 19mm pine by 140mm wide.
For the six wheels, I used a piece less than 200mm in length, and the extra length was useful in clamping the piece while using the circle cutter.
The blade of the grader was made with a piece of skirting board 200mm long.
For the axles, use 6mm dowel.
Step 8. Dry clamp parts A and B together, keeping the two parts B aligned with the axle dowels. Mark the pieces so that it will be re-assembled in the correct order. It is shown in red in the photo only to highlight the idea, so don't actually mark it in red. Apply the glue, clamp it and put to one side.
It is important that the axle dowels are left in place until the glue sets to minimize creep under clamping pressure. Once the glue has set, re-drill the holes to allow the axles to spin freely.
Step 9. The blade of the grader, part C, is made from a piece of skirting board cut to a width of 30mm. It may also be made from a piece of timber that is 9mm thick, just chamfer one edge to the profile shown in the drawing.
Step 10. Cut and trim part D to size, and drill the axle hole using a drill press or drill guide. Use the 6.5mm drill bit to allow the axle to spin freely.
Step 11. Drill the holes for the roof of the cab by placing it on the body as shown in the photo.
Step 12. The photo shows how to fix the dowels in place by measuring the height the dowels are set so that they sit slightly above the roof. This is an idea borrowed from the Craftsman furniture movement.
Glue the roof and engine block in place. Once the glue has set, lightly sand the whole toy with 220 grit sandpaper, removing all the sharp corners.
Attach the wheels to the axles with a small dab of glue.
Leave it in it's natural state, or apply your favourite finish. I used yellow food colouring for a bright yellow finish. To make the wheels black, I mixed all the food colours together.
For information on food safe polishes, finishes and dyes, visit U-Beaut.com.au based in Australia.
For any other country, here is a list of international distributors for U-Beaut products.
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