2021-01-22

Shop Photos From A Recient Speedy Whieels Build Part 1 of 4

 

Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" The first Car
Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" The first Car

 This post is a series of photos I made during a recent Speedy Wheels build. Speedy Wheels are handmade wood toy cars cut from 1-1/2-inch pine.

I cut the car's body into two parts and finished one part with clear shellac and the other part with amber shellac. When I glue the parts back together, the result is a two-tone body with a clearly defined line that is almost impossible to get otherwise.

I don't usually make wheels; however, in this case, I did not have ready access to the correct size flat/slab wheels. I dug through my cutoffs and found enough pieces of wood to make a batch of wheels.

I have made many wheels over the years using a hold saw. This time I decided to try something different. Using Inkscape, I created patterns for my scroll saw and cut all the wheels with the saw. Cutting wheels with my scroll saw worked much better than the old hole saw method. The wheels still need sanding after cutting with the scroll saw, but not anywhere near as much sanding as is required using a hole saw. The sanding was mostly due to my inability to cut a perfect circle. Using a simple jig, I sand the wheels perfectly round and the same diameter. The patterns I used for these wheels are available in my Etsy shop.

The car bodies are cut from a pine 2x4 using a scroll saw.

Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" Waxed and Hand Rubbed With Steel Wool
Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" Waxed and Hand Rubbed With Steel Wool

Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" Convertable
Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" Convertable

Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" In the Clamps
Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" In the Clamps

I got a bit too much glue on this one, but it will be easy to clean up because parts have shellac on them.

Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" My Grandsons Car
Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" My Grandsons Car


My grandson wanted all of the cars, but after some negotiation, he settled for his favorite.

I like these little Harbor Freight Pittsburg trigger clamps. They are very inexpensive (99 cents with a coupon), and they have a lifetime warranty on them. The warranty is an in-store replacement.

Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" More Clamps
Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" More Clamps

You need lots of clamps if you are going to make more than one toy at a time. 


Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" More Clamps
Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" More Clamps

You need clamps for other things besides holding parts together. Here three clamps are being used to keep the pieces aligned. Wood glue can be quite slippery.

Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" Lots of Clamps
Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" Lots of Clamps

Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" Sport Coupe
Handmade Wood Toy Car "Speedy Wheels Series" Sport Coupe








 

 

 

 

 

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