Making Wooden Toy Wheels

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Making Wooden Toy Wheels
Making wooden toy wheels requires precision. (toy tractor from wood and with wheel from rubber image by Dzmitry Lameika from

Wooden toy wheels add the final touch to homemade toy trucks, cars and trains. Precision in designing the shape and centre of the wheel is the key to making a correctly functioning wheel. Determine the wood type you want to use and the size and thickness of the wheel you want to create before beginning your project. A softer wood like pine is best for carving and cutting. Use a thicker piece of wood to create wider, more sturdy wheels. Thinner wood will yield narrower wheels. Taller toy vehicles call for larger-diameter wheels, while you can decrease the diameter for smaller toys.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Wood
  • Compass
  • Protective eyewear
  • Protective gloves
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper

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    Draw a circle on your wood using the compass. Ensure the compass is locked into place to create a precise circle. Press the sharp end of the compass down hard to make a small mark at the exact centre of the circle, so the finished wheel will roll evenly on the axle. Use the pencil end of the compass to darken the centre mark. Draw additional circles for the number of wheels you are making.

  2. 2

    Put on your protective gloves and eyewear. Cut the wheels from the wood using the jigsaw, paying close attention to make sure you cut precisely along the drawn circle edge.

  3. 3

    Choose a drill bit that corresponds with the axle size you are using and drill a hole through the centre of each wheel.

  4. 4

    Sand the wheels with the sandpaper to create a smooth finish.

Tips and warnings

  • Exercise extreme caution when operating power tools.

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