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Picture of Fast Toy Wood Car
Lots of my friends have kids and that means lots of birthdays. I wanted to have some custom present I could give and a toy car fit perfectly. I could make them pretty easily and there's lots of room to play with in terms of different designs. So I could draw cars and make kids happy? Right on. Win + win = yes.

 
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Step 1: Design

Picture of design
Each layer of wood that gets cut out for these cars needs to have the correct holes for the axles to go through. I also wanted to keep the entire car body inside of the wheels so that the wheels are what will likely make contact when they get run into a wall or other item.

The other considerations after that are the wheel size and the distance between them. With that template in place, it's car time! Here you can go nuts. You can make the car look realistic or abstract. It can have a front and back or be symmetrical. Here I'm going for abstract and symmetrical, but you can make your car any way you want.

The image here shows the layers of wood all stacked up over the wheels as well as all laid out for a cutting file.
dannygam1 month ago
what length are the bolts?!
omosad11 months ago
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omosad11 months ago
i bought the weals from the man who repairs the bags with weals :D
omosad11 months ago
i have a question please , can u measure for and say to me the length of each part before u stick the together ?? please reply me fast by today maximum ? thx u
fungus amungus (author)  omosad11 months ago
Not sure what dimension you're looking for. can you explain?
omosad11 months ago
@fungs amungus
bllwdcrvr1 year ago
I have found many of these wheels from discarded or slightly used "thrift stores" ,scrounge the local thrift stores in your area...you should be able to come up with some similar wheels..
Do you have a link were to buy wheels please
grunthos1 year ago
I don't know if these luggage wheels are the same, but a great resource for projects are skateboard and inline-skate wheels and bearings. Most of them use "608" bearings (608Z, 608S, etc) which have an 8mm inside diameter and 22mm outside diameter. This bearing size shows up in everything, such as wheels like this, appliance motors, power tools, and all kinds of other consumer products.

8mm is pretty much exactly 5/16 inch, so you can build things with either US or Metric bolts for a really good fit. (The two sizes are within 0.06 mm = 0.002 inches of each other.)

8mm is one of the magic sizes between US and Metric.
4mm = 5/32 inch
8mm = 5/16 inch
16mm = 5/8 inch
fungus amungus (author)  grunthos1 year ago
Exactly right. I've also made these cars with inline skate wheels. The only issue with those is that the inline skate wheels can be too big for a toy car. They really overwhelm it unless you're willing to scale the whole thing up.
Kiteman2 years ago
The glue is an unecessessary step - cut a bunch of silhouettes and give the pieces packaged together with a pair of small spanners as a gift for a Maker-in-the-making.
PACW Kiteman2 years ago
I like the way you think!
fungus amungus (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
You can do without, but it's not unnecessary. Gluing up the body makes the body itself much more stable as one piece as opposed to a bunch of pieces that can skew with a small bit of torque.
But then you couldn't mix-and-match, could you?
Jayefuu Kiteman2 years ago
HA! Nice.
l8nite Kiteman2 years ago
I see where kiteman is headed, you could include several different center sections so the child could make new cars easily. A very neat idea especially if you have access to a laser cutter or band saw. For smaller kids and when you don't want the car to come apart, a little superglue on the locking nuts would be a plus
Kiteman l8nite2 years ago
Zackly!
Pinewood Derby cars aren't so popular here in the UK (not sure why, seems like a good idea to me) but I have to ask where you get those wheels are they skate wheels or something?
fungus amungus (author)  Dream Dragon2 years ago
Right, I should've include that in the text. These are like inline skate wheels. They're actually luggage wheels so they're a bit smaller. The key is in the bearings, which are ABEC-1 bearings.
They look like inline skate wheels.
The video says roller blade wheels. That, I suspect, is the key to "fast". Depending on where you live you can find used in-lines for next to nothing at garage sale or used items store.
joen2 years ago
Kind of reminds me of a "TRON" racer.

Nice!