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NOV/DEC 2004
Volume 47/Issue 6

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Old-Fashioned Toy Cars

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The Old-Fashioned Toy Cars

A quick alteration to the basic design lets you change the roadster into a sedan - that uses the same fenders.

For added efficiency, try “pad-sawing” the Side shape cut-outs and leg shapes in pairs if you're using your Scroll Saw or in stacks of up to six if

Making multiples of an item...whether you're planning to give them as gifts or sell them at craft fairs...can be a lot of fun. And, given the right “assembly-line-like” set-up, simple projects like these Old-Fashioned Toy Cars can be built very quickly with high-quality, high-perceived-value results.

All you need for these cars are some small pieces of 3/4" thick scrap stock and some ready-made wooden wheels with axle pegs. That's it. Choosing contrasting woods (like our Red Oak & Walnut example) can give your cars a distinctive look. For some real amazing combinations try Red Padauk and Birdseye Maple...or Zebrawood and Wenge. Just use your imagination.

So, let's get started...

1: Either transfer the patterns from the drawings to a sheet of 1/4" gridded paper...or photocopy the drawings, enlarging them to their 7-1/2" length. Attach the full-size drawing to a piece of stiff artist's board or cardboard and cut out the shape for use as a template. NOTE: If you're planning to make both roadsters and sedans, you'll need two photocopies for making your different templates.

2: Trace your patterns onto your stock, laying them out so the grain of the wood runs from end-to-end on each piece.

3: Use your Scroll Saw or Bandsaw to cut out the bodies and fenders. When cutting out the parts, cut slowly and always use a sharp blade of the highest quality to achieve the smoothest cuts and minimize your sanding time.

4: Smooth the Bodies (A) and Fenders (B) with a Drum Sander set-up and some small diameter Drum Sanders..