Introduction: Mechanical Wood Toy Car

this project was an assignment for school. i am currently enrolled in my first year in the  Industrial Design Bachelor of Applied Technology at Humber College in Toronto. the assignment was to make a wood toy with at least two different moving Mechanical parts.

In this instructable i will show my process of making this toy.

Step 1: Sketch Model

The first thing i was required to do was to make a quick sketch model in order to prove that my concept worked

Step 2:

i started out with three pieces of rough cut lumber two of which are oak the other is walnut. after sanding them down and cutting them to the right shapes this is what i ended up with. sorry i dont have any pictures before this.

Step 3: Cutting Pieces

i then cut the radiuses out of the bottom drilled the holes and cut the two thicker pieces in half, so that I the two outer pieces of either side were symmetrical.

Step 4: Mechanisms

i then worked on making the mechanisms for the cams i started out with a pair of wooden wheels and cut and sanded them down to work as cams. for the crank i took two wooden wheels and sanded them down to make them thinner, drilled a second hole in them and cut the dowel to the right specification. for the piece on the crank that moves outside of the toy, i found a scrap piece of curly maple and cut out a fin like shape.

Step 5:

now that i had all the pieces I could begin to put i clear coat on it.
for this i used an satin water based veneer. 

Step 6: Front Bumper

i decided to make a bumper on the front that i could attach a string to, to make it a pull toy.
to do this i had two small pieces of walnut and attached them together using dowels.

Step 7: Assembly

now that i had all the pieces cut out and varnished i began to assemble it.

Step 8:

once all the pieces were put together it was time for hours of fun.
below is a video of it working, not sure if the video works though

Step 9:

Comments

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-14

I have fixed the issue with the video.
should be up and working now

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JordanS94 made it!(author)2016-05-05

mechanical toy car

I changed the design when I made mine

Picture.jpg
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manman11 made it!(author)2015-03-01

Thanks

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BabyGerald made it!(author)2013-12-17

As soon as I saw the first pic I KNEW you were in first year of Industrial Design at Humber.

I still have the one I built in first year and I'm amazed to say that all these years later it stil works.

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-18

oh cool, great to hear, where are you at now?

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BabyGerald made it!(author)2014-05-31

Sorry for not responding earlier.

I'm a bit all over the place. I worked for one company for 3 years which I really enjoyed, but I quasi-transitioned into a new industry. I still keep busy with designing things and I have a few projects on the go.

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bzavala1 made it!(author)2014-03-19

How do I get the instructions for this?

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thessejway made it!(author)2014-03-20

you read the instructable

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bhutanidivye made it!(author)2013-12-25

Cool

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thessejway made it!(author)2014-01-05

why thank you

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clazman made it!(author)2013-12-28

Not child safe, but you can come up with something that is!!

Like the asthetics. The icorporation of artistic concepts.

Got my vote

Oh, and the video did finally download. Right in the middle of my comment writing.

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thessejway made it!(author)2014-01-05

its more of a decoration than an actual toy for a child
thanks for the vote means a lot

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ASCAS made it!(author)2013-12-20

Cool and Interesting! :D

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-21

thanks

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duncan_a made it!(author)2013-12-18

I love the look and the simplicity, but given that young children have a habit of falling over easily, I'd be a bit worried about the 'lever' in the up-position...

Very nice, well explained Instructable and nicely executed - well done.

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-21

thank you
haha i naver thought of that, wouldn't want any kids impaling themselves on it.

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Wheatridge made it!(author)2013-12-17

I have never in several years seen such a well designed project. Great Going!

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-18

Wow. thank you.

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scitechsuperfreak made it!(author)2013-12-17

No video yet... only a picture of a "ghost hand"? Very elegant project. It deserves a video.

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-18

im not sure why other people aren't seeing the video. on the 8th step there is a link at the bottom that says VIDEO0109-0.mp4 ive tried on different computer and devices and browsers and it works.

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RoboTable made it!(author)2013-12-17

That is a really cool car! I would like to see you elaborate on how you cut out the pieces and such. I also second the embedded video movement. Even if you don't have time for that I still really like the car and would like to build my own!

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neo71665 made it!(author)2013-12-14

I know the point but didn't it technically have 2 moving parts with 2 solid axles? Mount each wheel independent and there's 4 moving parts.

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-17

There is the fin at the back that moves with the crank, and the two pieces that go up and down on the cams.

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doccat5 made it!(author)2013-12-17

Wow! What a great job, and how clever you are.

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-17

Why thank you

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lego+man12345 made it!(author)2013-12-15

cool but no video still

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-16

No. It's there.
In the eighth step

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ChrysN made it!(author)2013-12-14

Your car looks great! I wasn't able to see your video, if you need help embedding your video you can follow the instructions here: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-embed-a-video-on-Instructables/

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-14

thanks for the help i got a working video up now

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Kiteman made it!(author)2013-12-14

That is very pretty.

(You could upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo, then embed it here.)

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-14

im very proud of it
thank you

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M3G made it!(author)2013-12-14

Beautiful car.

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-14

thank you

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-14

thank you

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technologyguy made it!(author)2013-12-14

Nice work and it looks really cool too. As a retired shop teacher I applaud your designing and fabricating abilities.

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-14

thank you very much, I've had quiet a bit of experience

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kainxavier made it!(author)2013-12-14

Looks like the Batmobile! Sweet!

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thessejway made it!(author)2013-12-14

reminded me of the mormon meteor iii

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Bio: I am currently in my first year enrolled in the Industrial Design Bachelor of Applied Technology - Industrial Design program at Humber College in Toronto
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