Toys can sometimes be expensive and easily broken, especially smaller ones like toy motorcycles. Building your own toy motorcycle is a great way to provide your children with a customised toy that is fairly inexpensive and solidly constructed. You can build your own toy motorcycle by using a simple woodworking plan that has been modified for size. You can paint it with yellow and black acrylic paint for a smooth, stylish finish. This will guarantee your kids a toy that is built to last and spares your wallet.
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Things you need
- Internet access
- Printer with ink and paper
- Two wood planks of your choice, one twice the thickness of the other
- Drill with hole cutting bits
- Wooden dowel
- Wood glue
- Black and yellow acrylic paints
- Paintbrushes in varying sizes
Print the wooden toy motorcycle template from the Forest Street Design website. You can reduce the size if desired to make a smaller toy, but you will have to use smaller dowels and thinner wood than indicated on the template. The Forest Street Design URL is located in the reference section below.
Choose the wood you will use for this project. Choose a wood that is hard enough to withstand rough play, such as cherry or walnut. Sand the rough edges of each piece. Use a thicker piece of wood for the wheels and body, and a thinner piece for the wheel forks. If using the pattern at full size, the thicker piece should be 3/4-inches thick and the thinner should be 9/16-inches thick.
Cut out the shapes on the template with scissors. Either tape the template to the wood or trace the shapes onto the wood with the pencil. Cut along the lines of the template by using a jigsaw.
Use the drill to bore holes in the spots indicated on the template, in the wheels, forks and body. If using the template at full size, drill the holes at 3/8-inches in diameter. Use the pencil to draw where the holes should go according to the template, before drilling for accuracy.
Assemble the motorcycle pieces as follows: Attach the two front wheel forks on either side of the front of the body; attach the rear wheel forks on either side of the back of the body; and slide the wheels between the forks at the front and back. Make sure to line up the holes on all the pieces.
Apply wood glue to the inside edges of the holes and slide the dowel rods through to secure the motorcycle pieces. Allow the glue to cure for 24 hours before using the toy.
Cut the dowels so they are flush with the edges of the wood pieces, except for the handlebars and foot rests, which should stick out about 3/4 inch on either side. If using the pattern at full size, use 3/8-inch dowels. Sand the entire piece to smooth and dust off.
Apply the acrylic paint to the motorcycle. Use the black on the wheels, handlebars and foot rests. Apply the yellow to the rest of the body and wheel forks. If desired, add a black "racing stripe" along the top edge of the body pieces. Allow the paint to cure for 24 hours before allowing your child to play with it.
Tips and warnings
- You can round out the edges of the motorcycle by cutting the corners down and sanding until you have a smooth rounded edge.
- You can use any variety of colours you like to paint the motorcycle.
- Do not use paints with toxic chemicals in them to paint a children's toy. Children could ingest the paint and become sick.
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