Make a wooden car model

You’ve probably seen and knew colorful and vivid miniature models like castles, famous cars, a dinosaur, marvel collection or big boats. A toy model not only helps you entertain but also to decorate your room and your house, it will look very unique and add newer to your room.

If you have a family and children, these objects are no stranger to you. So why don’t you try to make a toy model for your child? Also, you can make it with your child too. It will help them be more creative and help you get along better with your child. Today I will show you how to create a very simple wooden toy model and you can do it at your home. You can read some book about woodworking before do this, some best woodworking books for beginners can help you during making this model.

What is a toy model?

Toy model is extremely diverse. It is a simulation of real objects and devices, scaled down in proportion. Although most model toys only simulate detailed shapes without simulating operations (called static models) or only partially operating, there is still a model that not only simulates shape but can also simulate the activity of the object it simulates (called a dynamic model).

History of the toy model

Static models were produced very early in the 20th century by two MeccanoDinky Toys manufacturers in the UK and Dowst Brothers (Tootsietoys) in the United States. The first models displayed very simply, including small cars with only exterior details without the details inside. In 1947, Lesney an Englishman began producing automobile products. His product, Matchbox 1-75 series, got its name because there are always 75 different cars packed into tiny matchboxes. This toy is becoming more popular in that time, and Matchbox is so widely used that it is considered a standard model for every car model of any manufacturer.

Over the years of developing and improving quality as well as the production materials, in 1990, toy models have become popular in Western countries with significant models such as trucks and racing cars which painted in different teams’ paint colors. Besides cars, trucks, buses and construction equipment, aviation and military models are also very popular.

Until now, the production of toy models has spread throughout the world, a series of manufacturers specializing in toy models have been formed. With familiar models such as buildings, transport, streets, people, animals, to the characters in favorite movies and cartoons, ranging in size from small to large. All-everything can be created by humans with an authentic, sophisticated and beautiful effect.

What are the steps to making a simple wooden car model?

The necessary material and tools:

– 1 piece of 20cm thick wood, 15cm long and 5cm wide
– 4 wooden clamps if there are woodworking clamps: hold the parts when finished gluing
– Wood glue: used to attach the details of the car together.

Woodworking chisels: for perforating wheels and parts of vehicles
– Ruler: to measure the size of wood pieces to fit and fit together
– Paint color: choose according to your favorite color
– Saw: used to cut wood
– Sandpaper: clean up after the car parts are assembled

Step 1:

Use the best hand saw to cut a piece of wood into 7 sections:
– 3 pieces with a thickness of 2 cm

– 2 pieces of 1 cm thick and  2 pieces of 0.5 cm thick.
The remaining wood:

– Cutting 4 squares of 2x2cm and had a thickness of 1 cm to make wheels

– Cutting 3 thin pieces of wood 8cm long and 2cm wide, 0.3cm thick.

– Cutting a piece of wood 2cm wide, 9cm long, 0.2cm thick.
The last is 2 thin, round wooden slats with 0.3cm thick to make the wheel shaft

Step 2:

Started cutting and chiseling with woodworking chisels from the wood pieces into shapes wood in the picture

(3 pieces with a thickness of 2 cm)

(2 pieces of 1 cm thick )

(2 pieces of 0.5 cm thick)

(4 squares of 2x2cm)

(a piece of wood 2cm wide, 9cm long, 0.2cm thick)

(3 thin pieces of wood 8cm long and 2cm wide, 0.3cm thick)

Step 3:

You just stick the pieces together with wood glue and use the wooden clamp to keep those parts together.

The assembly steps are as follows:
First, stick the pieces of wood 2cm thick, then use the wooden clamp to fix it
After that paste 2 pieces of wood with a thickness of 0.5 cm into 2 pieces of wood 1cm thick, continue using wooden clips
Followed by, stick the two parts together as shown in the picture, then paste 3 pieces of wood 0.3cm thick to make the cap of the car.
Next, stick a piece of 0.2cm thick wood on the head of the car.
The last is the wheel

Step 4:

Use rough sand to scrub all the wood surface, then apply paint or apply an oil layer to increase durability for the model

So the car model has been completed

Note about choosing wood to do:

It is possible to make this model on all types of wood, but note that some wood like Pyinkado, Doussie (Cameroons), etc looks very nice and hard, strong but not suitable for model cars due to shrinkage more than pine. Precious wood does not absorb glue, so when making precious wooden toys, there are details that must be glued, so it will be broken for a long time.

The best and cheapest option is wood for pallets or pine wood.

This is one of my favorite models; the method is straightforward and does not take much time. The result is also wonderful and unique. Just put effort, meticulousness, and perseverance, a car model for you is very easy. Besides making indoor decorations, this item is also used to make a gift, and it will make a deep impression on the recipient. Let’s try it !!!!

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