How to Make Toy Car Wheels

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How to Make Toy Car Wheels
Use a drill press to make accurate toy car wheels. (drill press image by Nancy Ottenweller from

Wooden toy cars are made by woodworking professionals and hobbyists. Woodworkers often purchase the wheels for their toy car projects. However, a toy car wheel can be made right in the workshop with a few tools. A shop-made wheel can be beneficial to your project because you can make it specifically to match your project. Make this set of four walnut wheels as a practice project so that the next time you have a toy car you are making, you can make your own custom wheels.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Drill Press
  • Wheel and circle cutter
  • 1/4-by-2-by-9-inch walnut strip, 1
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Wood finish

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  1. 1

    Set up the wheel and circle cutter bit to make a 2-inch circle. Install the bit into the drill press.

  2. 2

    Divide the walnut strip into four equal parts. Each section of the board will measure 2 1/4-inches.

  3. 3

    Mark the centre of each section on the board. This is the centre of each wheel.

  4. 4

    Cut out one wheel at a time from the strip using the drill press. Align the circle and wheel cutter in the centre of each wheel to make the cuts. Slowly pull down on the drill press as the cutter cuts out the wheel until each the cut is complete.

  5. 5

    Sand the wheel blanks with fine-grit sandpaper. Continue to sand the wheels until they are completely smooth.

  6. 6

    Apply a wood finish to the wheels. Allow the finish to dry prior to handling the wheels.

Tips and warnings

  • Add details to the wheels such as spokes or white walls with craft paints and a fine tipped brush.
  • Wear eye protection when operating a drill press and sanding wood.

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