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Just recently I bought a beat down wooden toy tractor on a fleamarket. I costed me 4€. Before giving it to my son I decided to give it a little facelift.

Tools involved:
Screwdrivers
3mm and 5mm drill bits
sandpaper (80 to 320 grit)
handsaw
cutting knife
hammer
pincers
file

Materials:
wood dowels 5mm
welding wire 3mm
wood beads
blue masking tape 6mm from 3M
standard painters masking tape
spray paint (red and clear)
primer for plastic
 
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Step 1: Taking apart and sanding

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The title says it pretty clear: take everything apart, keep all the parts (for now) and give the wood parts some treatment with sandpaper. Start with a rough grit to get rid of the old coating and work yor way up to the fine grit to create a smooth surface.

Step 2: Replacement Parts 1 - Steering wheel

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The original steering wheel was missing. Instead of just replacing it with some wooden disc, I decided to make wheel and column out of one piece of 3mm welding wire.
From a wood dowel with the right size I made a bending template. I basically drilled a 3mm hole trough the middle of the dowel and made a centered cut into the top side.
I got the bending right in the second attempt. After cutting off the excess wire, I soldered the gap to avoid injuries. To finish I hammered and filed the lower end of the steering column flat to fit it into the existing steering joint.

Step 3: Replacement Parts 2 - Lights

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The original lights were gone. As replacement I found some wood beads in the perfect size and shape. I drilled the existing holes up to 5mm to glue in matching dowels (don't force it or the beads will split). Then I cut them to size and drilled a 5mm hole into the side of each light. After that I sanded off the old paint, cut off the leftover dowel and rounded the back edge of the light. Then I glued in the dowels on the sides and prepped the lights for painting.
On the tractor side I redrilled the existing holes to 5mm diameter
nodcah9 months ago

Awesome! Also, I totally think the simple paint job looks the best!

karcsika9229 months ago

That is super awesome !

BikeHacker9 months ago

This is so cool!

Metalweasel9 months ago
Better than buying junk made in china
Kiteman9 months ago

That's an awesome job!