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    I've just finished my first ever toy car for my daughter. Following my darling wife's forceful command to "entertain" my daughter for an afternoon, I took her down to the shed to help me "clean" it.

    When she got a bit bored, she demanded I make her something. This is the result. (It took me several sessions in the shed to make it, as with any child, things never run smoothly)

    I made it out of some scraps that were lying around. The body is some unidentified wood (eucalypt???) that used to be part of a dresser or similar, the windscreen is a bit of redgum and the wheels 12mm plywood with 6mm dowel axles . I gave it a quick wipe with tung oil before handing it over for playing with.



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    • table saw
    • scrollsaw
    • drill press
    • wasp sander
    • half moon file
    • gents saw


    I didn't use any plans, just did what seemed right at the time, which is probably why it took as long as it did.

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    What a nice little effort. You killed two birds with the one stone. First you kept your wife happy. Two. Your beautiful daughter looks impressed, so you had a win there and finally you were able to achieve all that and still spend some quality time in your shed with your daughter.

    I like the simple little things that can be done quickly and still come out with a bit of quality about it. You have achieved that.

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    That is a top little car!! Simple and looks the goods!! Congrats!!

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    And it looks like a fun time was had by all. A great little car and a great memory for your daughter.
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    Happiness is a toy car in one hand and a bikie in the other.

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    Love it. but don't you know you should never put a kid in the picture. they steal the show. Nice work on the toy and your beautiful daughters face says it all.
    Reality is no background music.
    Cheers John

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    Many thanks guys, it was fun to make and (apart from my daughter's tendency to leave it in the middle of the kitchen floor) has been well received.

    With my girls, the thing I'm rapidly learning about trying to do woodwork is that if it can't be done quickly, it can't be done at all!

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    That's excellent "Michael".
    You've done a top job with a very happy customer.
    Do you have some time for a few dimensions please, I'd like to put that one in the memory bank for later, thank you.
    Cheers, Crowie

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    Top job there Michael.

    I'm looking around for ideas for simple cars (no sharp corners, no fragile bits etc) for my Son's first birthday and this is one of the nicest I've seen. Her cheeky delight is obvious
    Cheers,
    Shannon.

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    Crowie, the measurements are as follows:

    width of the car body 50mm (which was determined by the depth of cut I could do on my scrollsaw). All the other measurements then just worked off this.

    length of the body 115mm, height of the body 30mm (at highest point). I just drew a shape on it and fiddled away until it 'looked' right - I didn't worry about any plans or anything, just drew a freehand shape which eventually looked good. To put in the windscreen, I put the tablesaw blade on an angle (around 25 degrees off vertical, but really I just did what looked ok) and ran the block over it before shaping the body.

    The wheels were cut out with a 32mm holesaw and the wheel-wells with a 35mm forstner bit. You can see my total lack of planning there, as originally I was going to have the wheels just alongside the body, but decided it would be more robust and look better having them set into the body. That's why I haven't left enough room on the hood to cover the tops of the wheels.

    If (when) I do another one, I will leave more wood for the hood and shape out wheelguards for the front wheels, and add headlights and do the wheels better (wheel cutter, here I come!)

    Thank you all for your lovely comments

    Cheers, Mike
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