Introduction: Wooden Toy Hauler ***Updated With Template PDF***

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Here's my first instructable. I wanted to build something easy for my kids for Christmas and found a couple of interesting ideas on different websites. The blue background photo is kind of what I wanted to replicate but I wanted to kind of make it my own so here is what I ended up with.

Step 1: What You'll Need

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I didn't want to spend a whole lot of money on this so I used mostly things that I had laying around namely some 2 x 4's and some screws and a piece of scrap 3/4" for the wheels. Tools used were scroll saw a belt sander and drill with large hole bits. Later I found that the cars may slide off the trailer so I added little dowels to hold them in place and to use to connect the front of the semi truck to the trailer.

Step 2: Measure and Cut

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*** Update - I added a PDF you can print out and trace ***
The main trailer is 11 1/4 inches long but you could make it any length you want depending on what kind of cars you want to cut out of it. The diesel was 6 inches long. The wheels on the truck I made a little bit bigger. They are one and 3/4 inches.The semi truck wheels are all one and a half inch. The other cars were one and a half inch and then the front wheels on the racer I made smaller. I think those were 1 inch.

Step 3: Sand and Assemble

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So once you got your designs cut out you want to sand all the edges make them nice and smooth and then install your wheels. I found that a little dremel sander was helpful in some of the tight areas. This is when I discovered that the cars on the back and the front will slide off so I wanted to secure them with dowels.The ones I used for 3/16 but you could use whatever size you have handy. Then you drill corresponding holes in the tops of the vehicles so that they fit nicely together. To mark the top of the car I put just a little bit of wood glue on the top of the dowel and then just put the car on top to find where it would need to be drilled. Cutting these out was the longest part as my scroll saw didn't like to cut through 2 x4's very quickly. Also it's probably best to pre-drill your wheel holes so that you don't have any splits.

Step 4: Hooking the Semi to the Trailer

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So I used a larger dowel for the semi hitch and the larger hole for the trailer. just make this a little bit long so you can make sure that the trailer rides flat. I just sanded it down to adjust the height till I got it where I wanted it to be. The rear of the trailer I elevated with a little piece of wood and then attached the wheels to that.

Step 5: Finished ... Well Almost

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So at this point you should have something looks like the top picture. I'm not sure if I'm going to paint mine or stain it yet. Also you could use wood burner to add detail or you could drill holes for windows like the first one. I guess I'll see what my kids want after I give it to them and then will make some final adjustments. enjoy!


GFire (author)2017-10-24

Cool concept. Do the smaller vehicles stay in place pretty well?

GroundGrizzleySlayer made it! (author)2016-08-07

thanks! My son will love this on his first birthday.

captinkickass made it! (author)2015-07-22

Great project for my nephews birthday. If can let them go!

woodchuckcanuck (author)2015-07-12


Any chance you can tell me where you found your 'blue background' photo inspiration? Thanks.

Nevermind, I found it was selling on etsy. The pattern belongs to us and we have no record of the person being given permission to sell wood crafts using our patterns. By the way, you did a great job with your article and coming up with your own version.

keith.haney.14 made it! (author)2015-01-04

Loved the idea so I also made Christmas presents for the grand kids, they loved them

keith.haney.14 made it! (author)2015-01-04

Loved the idea so I also made Christmas presents for the grand kids, they loved them

jimmy62881 (author)2015-01-02

I got set to build this and found that my scroll saw was not going to be happy cutting through a 2x4 (had never used it for that before). Has anyone else ran into this / used a different tool? I am afraid a jig won't work well. I would like to use a band saw but don't have one. However, I could borrow one if someone else has has success using one.


DivideWorks made it! (author)2014-12-31

this was a fun build. My boys had fun sanding, painting and assembling.

kmdtcs made it! (author)2014-12-26

Thanks for the Awesome Idea. I also used wooden dowels for the axels and added some paint to mine. Great Christmas gift. My son loves it!

mveliki (author)2014-12-25

My 3 yo kid was thrilled when he saw this in a pile of bought presents under the Christmass tree this morning.

Thanks for the idea!

Merry Christmass!

the norm (author)2014-12-22

I made some modifications, and some miscalculations. Like the hole for another axle in the tractor, but the wheels are too big to add them.

Dustin Rogers (author)2014-12-02

This is great, but I curse you. I now have one more thing on my projects list...

I took the plunge and started building this. I'll post pictures when it's finished.

It still needs a coat or two of poly, but it's done. I used the pdf provided in this 'ible for the cutouts. Instead of using screws for the axles, I used 1/4" dowel and drilled holes through the body. I used the hole saw method for cutting the wheels, but my hole saws didn't make near as nice cuts as yours did. If I were to do it again, I think I'd buy a 1-1/2" dowel and just cut off pieces to use as the wheels. For the color, I used undiluted blue and yellow food coloring. The green was fabric dye - but the pine 2x4 didn't absorb it as well. If I'd had green food coloring, it may have turned out more vibrant?? And of course, I had to put my stamp on it with my homemade branding iron. Anyway - thanks for the idea and inspiration.

CityGirl70 (author)Dustin Rogers2014-12-16

Great idea to use a large dowel for the wheels. I will be using dowels to attach the wheels also. Our son is only 2.5 yrs old but he has an electric screw driver/drill and unscrews everything he can find. He would have the wheels off in no time at all :)

CityGirl70 (author)2014-12-16

My boy will like this. I have plenty of scrap wood. :) Thank You

jimmy62881 (author)2014-12-08

Project looks GREAT!

I seem to be missing the .pdf.... could you direct me to it?


moabrocks (author)jimmy628812014-12-08

The PDF is right above step 2. It prints a little shorter than my original but should work fine.

jimmy62881 (author)moabrocks2014-12-16

Thank you, totally looked right over that

jhen66 (author)2014-12-10

I think it would look great stained, but I haven't decided if I would just make all the wheels dark regardless of car color. Might be cool for my nieces and nephews to let them paint them, but the stain will give them a timeless look. Thanks for the idea. Cool scroll saw project!

cepterbi (author)2014-12-09

great idea, tnx for sharing

rikz made it! (author)2014-12-08

Thank you for the very best idea!

jsims21 (author)2014-12-06

Where is the PDF

moabrocks (author)jsims212014-12-08

Above step 2.

moabrocks (author)2014-12-04

I updated pulled the wheels off and traced it onto some paper and uploaded it as a PDF ... hopefully that will help those who want to make their own.

Eromanga (author)2014-12-04

Would have been very happy to get this as a child. Nice design.

adickson5 (author)2014-12-04

awesome! do you have a template for the cutouts?

wobbler (author)2014-12-04

A very clever design! Maybe they should build real cars like this to make parking easier?

Chickim (author)2014-12-04

You need to enter this in the homemade gifts contest. I think it is way better than most of the entries so far.

Chickim (author)2014-12-04

Super cute. I think I will make one for the grandson. thanks for the instructable and idea

bcosta6 (author)2014-12-03

Do the cars roll?

NathanSellers (author)2014-12-02

Awesome idea. well done.

TioFrio (author)2014-12-02

My Son would go nuts for this

butch999 (author)2014-12-02

a really nice project. I'm thinking of making 5-6 for "Toys for Tots" -- this is the sort of project that lends itself to semi-mass production. Thanks for posting this.

misko13 (author)2014-12-02

So cool! My nephew would love it

dr_jing (author)2014-12-02

Great job! Any kid would love to have this toy!

JM1999 (author)2014-12-01

Awesome job for a first timer!

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