2019-04-30

Etsy Listing - 482847326 - Handcrafted Wooden Toy Tow Truck From The Quick N Easy 5 Truck Fleet

Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet
Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet

This version of the toy tow truck is made from a solid pine wood block. While it appears relatively simple. However, some of the parts are a bit tricky to pull off.
Making the opening for the hook must be done before cutting the body from the wood. Care must be used to get it all aligned properly, or the hook will be off centered or crooked.

Getting the window shape correct is essential. I could just drill a round hole, but that would change the entire look of the toy. I like to avoid round holes when possible.

This version uses axle pins. I like the look of them on toy trucks. However, it is critical that the axle holes be drill parallel to the bottom edge of the body so all the wheels will sit level on the surface.  If you are using a handheld drill, you should use dowels for axels. When using dowels, there is a bit of wiggle room so if the holes are off just a tiny bit the wheels will still sit flat on the surface.

The hook needs to be made from something substantial. I used plywood. Baltic birch would work well for this if you have it. I have also used solid hardwoods. For these easily breakable parts, I have have been experimenting with making my own plywood. Three layers of oak will make a surprisingly strong part. Much stronger than solid wood or any plywood that I have access to.

I made the truck body from a pine 2x4. I had to shrink the pattern about 1/4 inch to get it to fit without the rounded corners. A 2x6 would work better for this.

MDF would work well for the truck body, but it would add additional weight and need to be glued up from 3/4 stock.

You could use plywood for the body. However, I would not do this. Even the best plywood I can get hold of splinters to easy and the edges are hard to sand due to the glue between the layers.

The finish is hand brushed amber shellac with a little red acrylic paint on the hubs.

The approximate dimensions are:

Length: 8 inches
Height: 3.5 inches
Total Width: 3 inches
Body Thickness: 1.5 inches


Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet
Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet

Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet
Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet

Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet
Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet

Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet
Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet

Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet
Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet

Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet
Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet

Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet
Handmade Wooden Toy Tow Truck From the Quick N' Easy 5 Truck Fleet

2019-04-15

What kind of primer do I use?

I currently use a shellac based primer.  Zinsser B-I-N It seals the wood so nothing bleeds through and you clean up with alcohol. No super toxic fumes. It sprays and brushes well. I reapply the primer and sand until it feels smooth.

It is very white. All of the white parts on this car are Zinsser B-I-N primer with a clear coat on top. Note how the white background of my photo tent looks grey by comparison.



20141213-165701 Handmade Wooden Toy Car Bad Bob's Custom Motors Coupe Blue & White 653434064
20141213-165701 Handmade Wooden Toy Car Bad Bob's Custom Motors Coupe Blue & White 653434064




The primer needs to be sandable. You may need to try some primers.  The first primer I tried didn't sand well at all.

2019-04-10

Do you drill axle holes before or after painting?

Drilling Holes Before Cutting Handmade Wooden Toy Two Truck
Drilling Hook Clearance  For A Handmade Wooden Tow Truck 


I usually like to drill before I cut the pattern on my scroll saw, but there are plenty of exceptions.

I can while the wood is square and easy to handle. The hole in the photo would be nearly impossible to drill after the truck body had been cut.

If I cut before drilling, I find that holes near the edge can tear out easily. Such tear out is not easily repairable and the toy ruined.

When using axle pegs, I drill first and ream the holes to exact size with a drill after I'm finished painting. This clears the holes of paint and removes any swelling in the wood cause from using water-based acrylic paint. Sometimes the paint will get chipped around the holes but since they are behind the wheels where you can't see. It's not a big deal. For regular axles that go all the way through it doesn't matter much since the hole are a good bit larger than the axle.

For lighter toys, I use dowels for handles.  I insert dowels into the axle holes to provide a grip to use while painting. If I drilled after painting, I would need to develop a new painting technique.

I sometimes make toys that are drilled to accept peg dolls. I usually drill these after they are painted. I find that they are difficult to get straight if I drill them before the car is assembled. I find painting inside the holes to cause swelling of the wood that will sometimes cause the peg dolls to fit tight. Besides, I like the way it looks with the raw wood exposed in the hole. I use tape such as painters tape to help keep the paint from chipping. Go slow and careful with a sharp bit and you with get a clean, sharp edge.



For regular axles that go all the way through it doesn't matter much since the hole are a good bit larger than the axle.
For regular axles that go all the way through it doesn't matter much since the hole are a good bit larger than the axle.



2019-04-05

Witch On A Broom - Not Just For Halloween

I'm writing this in March 2019. I just sold another witch on a broom. Either they are getting used for something else, or some folks celebrate Halloween all year round.

I originally made these for toys for my Grandson who loves anything to do with Halloween. To him they are toys. He builds castles and haunted houses out of blocks for them.

The witches are part of a set of pieces all having to do with Halloween. Skulls, skeletons, cats, jack-o-lanterns, bats, and spiders. Some local friends saw them and wanted their own set. I made enough for my Etsy store, and the witches have become some of my best sellers.



Handmade Wooden Witch Cutout/Toy
Handmade Wooden Witch Cutout/Toy