Simple Car

Project By: eciramella

carbidecreate toy car

I grew up with some basic wooden toys (car, pickup truck, etc). I vividly remember driving them all over the house and now that I have little children, I wanted them to also enjoy toys like these.

Using the library of images that come with Carbide Create, I was able to quickly have a nice looking car shape and then build out a fully working toy.


Type Length Width Thickness Origin
Name Type Tool Feedrate Plungerate Cut Depth

From the picture, you can see that the axle isn't made from wood. My toys growing up had a wooden dowel for an axel. The issue I encountered as a child was that on the humid days of the north east, the wood would swell and the wheels would lock up. I chose to use a nail with the head and pointy bit cut off. I used an angle grinder because I abused a rotary tool and let the magic smoke out (and haven't replaced it - yet).

Some of the things I learned in this project were that when you copy/paste a grouping of objects, the pasted copy does NOT continue to group properly. As a result, the first cut I made, one of the sides had the locating pin holes jogged a bit higher and the car looked like it had been in an accident. If you're doing the cutouts for the windows, instead of a contour cut with tabs, you can get a cleaner cut using a pocketing operation. This saves clean up time at the end, in exchange for time spent under the spindle of the Shapeoko.

In the pictures above, you can see I cheated a bit. If you really wanted to sink the time into it, you could bevel/soften the edges of the final product in the Carbide Create project, but since I'm not building a bunch of these and I don't have an assembly line, I found it much faster to get the thing cut and glued up, then passed it over a round over bit mounted in my router table.

There is a near limitless set of changes you can make to this project:

  • A hood scoop
  • A trunk/boot spoiler
  • Working hinged doors
  • A wider body with recesses cut (so you could have an interior)
  • Nicer wheels (the wooden wheels are a bit slick, I added rubber bands to give a bit more traction)
  • Motorized
  • Lights
  • Working trunk/boot/hood
  • etc



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