Simple Wooden Classic Cars.

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Introduction: Simple Wooden Classic Cars.

Last year my son was gifted some wooden cars and he absolutely loves them.

So being the type of person I am, I wanted to make him some more. More cars equals more fun right?

I really like classic VW cars so decided they would be the cars I wanted to make.

In this Instructable I will show how I made some nice simple wooden cars that are styled after some cars I like.

Supplies

Supplies.

  • Timber stud work. ( I used 38mm x 63mm pine)
  • Binding posts or Chicago screws. ( make sure these are long enough to go through 2 wheels 2 washers and the body of the car.)
  • Flat nylon washers.
  • Paint (optional)
  • Cardboard box (optional)

Tools.

  • Scroll saw
  • Saw
  • Spray glue
  • Paper
  • Drill
  • Rotary tool (dremel or the like)
  • Small flapper sanding drums
  • Sandpaper/files etc.

I may have forgotten some tools or supplies, please read the whole instructable before starting out ( if you plan on following my instructions )

Thanks for looking.

Step 1: Prototyping and Planning.

I found side photos of the cars I wanted to make and traced them out in Rhino, although any photo editing program will do.
Then I printed out the drawings and used them to cut out my wood. These were cut out very roughly and without windows. These cars are just a proof of concept and to make sure that the size I chose to make goes well with the wheels I purchased.
These blanks will also be used to test finishes, layouts and other design choices.

Step 2: Cutting the Designs.

I had four cars that I wanted to make. I chose cars that I feel were iconic VW cars: campervan, beetle, karmann ghia and a mk2 golf.

Using the drawing I made in the planning stage, I printed and cut them out.

I glued them onto blocks of 38mm x 63mm CLS Studwork Timber.

Then using a scroll saw and a fine blade I cut out the outer shapes of the cars.

I then drilled a 5mm hole in each of the windows, then removing the blade from the scroll saw I threaded it through the drilled holes and replaced the blade into the scroll saw and cut out the windows.

Step 3: Drilling the Axel Holes.

While the template are still attached to the wood I used a pillar drill to drill a hole through the blocks for the axel bars.

I used a pillar drill to do this as it is necessary to get the axel holes at right angles to the block so the car doesn’t wobble on its wheels.
You can use a guide block to make sure you are drilling straight. I had access to a pillar drill so I used that.

Step 4: Preparing the Wheels.

The wooden wheels I purchased had 3mm holes and I needed 5mm holes.

So using the pillar drill I drilled out all the holes in the wheels.

The wooden wheels are very nice but I wanted to give them a slightly classic car look, so I painted them white to give a white wall look.

I removed the rubber washer tyres and sprayed them white with white enamel paint.
Then once dry popped the tyres back on.

Step 5: Sanding the Cars.

I removed the templates from the wood by just peeling them off, but some of the paper and glue was still attached, so using a belt sander I sanded the side of the cars until all residue of paper and glue was gone.
I then used a flapper wheel for a rotary tool, and rounded and softened all the edges of the cars.

A larger one for the outer edges and a smaller one for inside the windows.

Once all the sharp edges were sanded I then used a high grit sandpaper to hand sand the sides and curves to give them a smooth finish.

Step 6: Installing the Wheels and Axels.

Using the binding posts and the nylon washers I put everything together.

I put a washer either side of both wheels, to allow them to spin freely.

I tightened the screw on the binding post with a screw driver, to make sure it will stay tight and not come off and end up in my sons mouth I added a drop of tread lock glue. This does mean it will be hard to remove them again so I made sure it was finished fully before doing so.

Step 7: Making a Gift Box (optional)

As this is is a gift for my son I wanted to make a gift box for the cars.

I also wanted the box to be sturdy and something special, something like a heirloom box that he might keep for a long time to come. (he might not but I like to think he will be nostalgic to these toys when hes older)

I measured the toy cars and found a nice gift box online from tinyboxcompany.co.uk that would fit all the cars nicely.

Once I had the box, I worked out an arrangement on how the cars would fit inside.

Using a bit of card I plotted out the placement of each cars wheels and cut a small slot to hold them in place.

I wanted to decorate to top to make it special, so I drew up a sign writing style front with with his name's garage (I am not showing the full name as I don't want to) , and a little pull here tab and some other little extras. The decals were cut with a vinyl plotter and then transferred to the box.

Step 8: The Finished Item.

With all the cars finished I put them in the box ready to gift to the little man on his birthday.

Hopefully he will like them as much as I like them. ( if he doesn't Dada will keep them for himself)

Thank you for reading my instructable, I hope you enjoyed it.

If You have any questions please ask and i will do my best to answer them.

Please consider sharing it or liking it or voting for it (if it happens to be in any competitions at the time you are reading it)

Thanks.

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    39 Comments

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    mat5dart
    mat5dart

    1 day ago

    Big thanks for the ideas - I just made a VW beetle one, - I made it 200mm long, from 3 layers of 18mm birch ply cut on CNC router (! just because I have use of one at work), wooden wheels from Ebay (very nicely made hardwood wheels with wooden axles), finished with Osmo oil - reckon it looks pretty nice. Its for my grandson's 1st birthday - can't wait to hand it over!

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    backwards lamb
    backwards lamb

    Reply 17 hours ago

    I would love to see it if you have a photo. :)

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    LoisHill
    LoisHill

    Question 5 days ago on Step 7

    would you share the templates with us woodcrafters?

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    Hey Jude
    Hey Jude

    Tip 17 days ago on Step 8

    Wonder if you could add magnets like BRIO to make them connect?
    Great Instructable!

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    backwards lamb
    backwards lamb

    Reply 17 days ago

    My son doesn’t play with them in a way that them being connected would benefit his play. But you could do yes. Although these are quite a lot bigger than brio toys.

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    Hey Jude
    Hey Jude

    Reply 16 days ago

    Thanks! Have fun!!

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    PhuketAussie1973
    PhuketAussie1973

    21 days ago

    these look awesome, I'm not a kid anymore, but I'd still love to play with these!

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    mysplinters
    mysplinters

    22 days ago

    Love these. Minimalist and super easy to make.

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    Talibucho
    Talibucho

    22 days ago

    I love these toys! I am skilled at material construction, but not in digital layout; can you please add the printouts you made for these cars to your instructional .pdf?

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    ScottS506
    ScottS506

    23 days ago

    I love the cars, but the wheels look much too large, in my opinion.

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    backwards lamb
    backwards lamb

    Reply 23 days ago

    the wheels are large as these are intended for a child to play with, they are not replicas of the cars, but a caricature of the cars. Or at least thats how I envisaged it.

    Also the wheels are the smallest of this type (with the rubber tires) that I could find< making them scale to the cars would make the cars huge and a bit big for my son to play with.

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    ScottS506
    ScottS506

    Reply 22 days ago

    What matters is that your son loves them. I especially like the VW designs.

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    RodneyH32
    RodneyH32

    23 days ago

    Where did you get the wheels and axles?

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    RodneyH32
    RodneyH32

    Answer 22 days ago

    Thank You

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    spidrluvr
    spidrluvr

    23 days ago

    Can you please supply a source for the wheels/axels? You are in UK and in U.S. I haven't been able to locate them.
    Thanks for posting - beautiful job!

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    spidrluvr
    spidrluvr

    Answer 23 days ago

    Thank you for the info link! Very much appreciated!

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    DaveCatt
    DaveCatt

    23 days ago on Introduction

    Wow, they are nice. What was the approximate scale of the cars and what size wheels did you use? Can you also share the supplier for the wheels.

    My grand children are going to love these.

    Thanks