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DIY Wooden Toy Vehicles – Car, Truck & Helicopter

I made these cars off a plan from but changed a few things and thought it would be helpful to make a post about the building process.


Materials Needed:
Select Pine Board – 4″-wide x 3/4″-thick
16 Wooden Wheels (1-1/4″ to 1-1/2″ diameter with 1/4″ hole)
2 Axle Pegs (for Propellers) – 7/32″-wide x 1-1/4″-long
 1/4″-Diameter Wooden Dowel (Cut 8 2-1/2″ Pieces for each Toy)
Wood Glue
Sand Paper
Car Template Printout (Click Here to Download)

Tools Needed:
Scroll Saw or Jigsaw
Router with 1/8″ Round Over Bit (Optional)
Electric Sander (Optional)

Drill & Drill Bits

 Download and print vehicle template.  Cut out.  Trace patterns onto your pine board – I traced 1 of each plus an extra car to make 4 total.

Whether you are using a scroll saw or jigsaw, drill a large enough hole for blade in each vehicle window.  Cut pieces out.

If you choose to, use a router to round over all your edges with a 1/8″ round over bit.  Sand all edges smooth.  You can see in the picture above the difference between the rough car and the routed/sanded car.

Drill holes for wheel axles and propellers for helicopter over each of the cross-hairs from template patterns.  For the wheels you want the holes slightly LARGER than 1/4″ so your wheel axles will turn, for the propellers you want 1/4″ holes.  Paint vehicles, let dry and lightly sand smooth.

Glue a wheel onto each dowel piece and set aside to dry.

For the propellers, rip a 3/8″-wide strip from your pine board, at least 8″-long.  Cut a 5″-long piece and 2″-long piece from that.  Drill a 1/4″ hole in the center of each.

 Attach wheels and let dry.  Sand axles flush with wheels if you prefer (I didn’t).

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  • Reply Jiraiya

    nice work 🙂 i love it and i will make one for my son 🙂

    April 17, 2017 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Dani

    You're welcome! If you have a bandsaw it will make it much easier! I use mine all the time making things for the kids. We're currently making airplanes! 🙂

    April 17, 2017 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Lex

    Simple design gave me ideas of something new to make! TY!

    October 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm
  • Reply Bryce

    What did you use for a finish? I like the washed out color but was thinking any finish should be food grade as kids tend to put things in their mouth.

    March 10, 2020 at 4:11 pm
    • Reply danicarby

      I think I used milk paint 🙂

      March 13, 2020 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Chelsie

    How thick are the wheels?

    October 3, 2020 at 1:03 am
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