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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.
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Step 1: Sketch Model

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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:

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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now that i had all the pieces cut out and varnished i began to assemble it.
thessejway (author) 11 months ago
I have fixed the issue with the video.
should be up and working now
BabyGerald11 months ago
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.
thessejway (author)  BabyGerald11 months ago
oh cool, great to hear, where are you at now?

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.

bzavala18 months ago
How do I get the instructions for this?
thessejway (author)  bzavala18 months ago

you read the instructable

bhutanidivye11 months ago
thessejway (author)  bhutanidivye10 months ago
why thank you
clazman11 months ago
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.
thessejway (author)  clazman10 months ago
its more of a decoration than an actual toy for a child
thanks for the vote means a lot
ASCAS11 months ago
Cool and Interesting! :D
thessejway (author)  ASCAS11 months ago
duncan_a11 months ago
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.
thessejway (author)  duncan_a11 months ago
thank you
haha i naver thought of that, wouldn't want any kids impaling themselves on it.
Wheatridge11 months ago
I have never in several years seen such a well designed project. Great Going!
thessejway (author)  Wheatridge11 months ago
Wow. thank you.
No video yet... only a picture of a "ghost hand"? Very elegant project. It deserves a video.
thessejway (author)  scitechsuperfreak11 months ago
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.
RoboTable11 months ago
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!
neo7166511 months ago
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.
thessejway (author)  neo7166511 months ago
There is the fin at the back that moves with the crank, and the two pieces that go up and down on the cams.
doccat511 months ago
Wow! What a great job, and how clever you are.
thessejway (author)  doccat511 months ago
Why thank you
lego man1234511 months ago
cool but no video still
thessejway (author)  lego man1234511 months ago
No. It's there.
In the eighth step
ChrysN11 months ago
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:
thessejway (author)  ChrysN11 months ago
thanks for the help i got a working video up now
Kiteman11 months ago
That is very pretty.

(You could upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo, then embed it here.)
thessejway (author)  Kiteman11 months ago
im very proud of it
thank you
M3G11 months ago
Beautiful car.
thessejway (author)  M3G11 months ago
thank you
thessejway (author)  M3G11 months ago
thank you
technologyguy11 months ago
Nice work and it looks really cool too. As a retired shop teacher I applaud your designing and fabricating abilities.
thessejway (author)  technologyguy11 months ago
thank you very much, I've had quiet a bit of experience
kainxavier11 months ago
Looks like the Batmobile! Sweet!
thessejway (author)  kainxavier11 months ago
reminded me of the mormon meteor iii