DIY Wood push car truck and helicopter toy plans with template - easy to make from scrap wood!

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Happy Black Friday!!!!

Boy oh boy do we ever got a deal for you!

How about free wood wheelie cars???  Handmade and personalized for that special someone?

 

These wheelie cars are just cut out (free templates below) from 1x4 wood scraps (a 1x4 new board can be purchased for about $5 for eight feet if you don't have scraps.  

The wheels are also made from scraps, but if that's more woodworking than you want to take on, you can buy the wheels for about 38 cents each (use a coupon to score them even cheaper).

These adorable wood toy push cars with wheels were made by the amazing talented Jaime from That's My Letter.  Make sure you check out Jaime's building post here for lots more pictures and building tips.

 

This plan is part of the Handmade Holiday collection Jaime from That's My Letter and I are putting on for you this year.

Take a second to check out all the plans in this collection here if you haven't been following along!  Lots of good stuff!

Have an awesome weekend!!!

Ana + Family

 

Shopping List: 

1x4 scrap wood 

small wood dowel matching hole saw bit or store bought wheel axel hole (about 6" per toy)

store bought wheels (1-1/2" diameter) or cut your own wheels with a hole saw (see step 4)

120 grit sandpaper
Tools: 
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Cut List: 

Cut 1x4 to length of the template

Cut two dowels 2-1/2" long per toy

If you are making your own wheels, use a 1-1/2" hole saw to drill out wheels, and sand smooth

Cutting Instructions: 
Step 1: 

Car - Cut car template out and trace on to 1x4 board.  To cut window area out, drill a center hole in the window area bigger than the jigsaw bit and cut out with a jigsaw.

Drill holes matching hole saw bit (you could even use the same hole saw bit) in the template and thread dowel through.  Glue the wheels to the dowels.  Make sure you don't glue the dowels to the car to allow the dowel to spin.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Truck - Cut truck template out and trace on to 1x4 board.  To cut window area out, drill a center hole in the window area bigger than the jigsaw bit and cut out with a jigsaw.

Drill holes matching hole saw bit (you could even use the same hole saw bit) in the template and thread dowel through.  Glue the wheels to the dowels.  Make sure you don't glue the dowels to the car to allow the dowel to spin.

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Helicopter - Cut helicopter template out and trace on to 1x4 board.  To cut window area out, drill a center hole in the window area bigger than the jigsaw bit and cut out with a jigsaw.

Drill holes matching hole saw bit (you could even use the same hole saw bit) in the template and thread dowel through.  Glue the wheels to the dowels.  Make sure you don't glue the dowels to the car to allow the dowel to spin.

The blades on the helicopter are just scrap pieces of wood.  Attach back piece the same as the wood wheels.  The top blade can also be attached with a small wood lag screw and washer between blade and top of helicopter.  Predrill holes (IMPORTANT) to prevent wood from splitting.

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Jaime cut her own wheels using a hole saw bit.  You can find more details on her blog here.

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Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. 
 
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DIY Lighted JOY sign for Holidays!

Author Notes: 

Happy Monday DIY Friends!

Last week, the family and I traveled to San Diego to attend the Home Depot DIH Workshop event.

Thank you to all of you who came out!  I loved meeting you all and seeing your projects.  

photo shared on Twitter by Gina-Marie

This was one of the funnest workshops ever!

Everything is of course more fun when she's there.

And yes, that is the lovely Jen Woodhouse on the right!  After five years of being blog friends, we finally got to meet. She's even more wonderful in person.

Thank you to all of you who attended workshops in your areas.  I loved seeing your photos! (all photos from Twitter #DIHWORKSHOP)

Thank you for coming out!

For those of you who couldn't make it to the DIH Workshop on Thursday, of course you can make this project at home to!

The full tutorial with videos are here.

Wishing you lots of JOY!

XO Ana + Family

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Wood bins perfect for storing accessories, toys and more!  Hangs on the wall.  Free plans by Ana-White.com

Author Notes: 

Oh, I can just imagine this one filled with little gifts on Christmas morning!

So happy today to get to share new plans with you today for wall bins!!!

It's perfect for toys and books and accessories in a kids room.  And there might even be a mom or two out there that would love this in her entryway for hats, scarves and gloves.  

As part of our ongoing series for Handmade Holidays -

Jaime from That's My Letter and I are teaming up to get you a new gift plan each Friday until Christmas.  

We hope you enjoy these wall bin plans today, and of course, you can check out all the other Handmade Holiday Plans here.

The plans for this project follow, but make sure you check out Jaime's building post here for lots more tips, building photos, and more finished photos too! 

See you back here for plans!

Have a great weekend,

Ana

Shopping List: 

1 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long

1 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long

14-1/2" of 1x2 (can also use a 1x3 here)

1 - 24" x 48" piece of 1/4" thick plywood or hardboard

can use 2" wood screws instead of 1-1/4" pocket hole screws

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

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2 - 1x6 @ 33-3/4"

6 - 1x3 @ 14-1/2"

1 - 1x2 @ 14-1/2"

1 - 1/4" plywood @ 16" x 33-1/4"

5 - 1/4" plywood @ 16" x 4-3/4"

 

 

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To get all the of the 1/4" plywood cuts on the 24" x 48" sheet, cut as shown here.  The back will be a little smaller, but since the 1x2 hanging cleat is there (see step 4) it won't matter.

Use a circular saw or table saw to make these cuts.  

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Place a 1x3 board on top of the 1x6 board, with one edge flush.  Draw line down the 1x6 board.  Then mark the indents in the 1x6 and carefully cut out with a jigsaw.  Sand the cut edges smooth.

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Attach the two sides together with the 1x3 shelf bottoms.  Use either 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws or 2" construction screws.

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Attach the 1x2 cleat to the top as you did the shelves.  Use this cleat later to hang the shelf on the wall.

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Glue and nail the back on with 3/4" brad nails.

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Glue and nail the front pieces on with 3/4" brad nails.

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Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. 
 
 It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Check out <a href="http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2014/11/w-is-for-wall-bins.html" target="_blank">Jaime's post here for details on her finish.</a>
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