Toys are fun projects to make any time of year, but especially for the holidays! I made this modular toy truck system with a single 2×4 board. It would be a fun project to expand on, building new trailers and accessories. A short dowel peg joins the components to the truck.
I started by gluing up three 2×4 blocks for the camper and two blocks for the the truck.
While these were drying, I sliced up the 2×4 into thinner pieces using my sled from last week’s project. Then I assembled them into two boxes: One for the trailer and one for the pickup.
While those were drying, I returned to my glued up blocks. I attached a cutting template to the truck piece, cut it out on my band saw, and rounded over the edges on my router.
I gut out grooves in the bottom of the truck using my table saw and crosscut sled.
And I cut grooves in another block for the trailer wheels. I glued this to the underside of the trailer.
I drilled holes in all four pieces for the trailer hitches then inserted short dowels into all the components but the truck.
These are store bought wooden wheels. I glued them onto dowels and used the slots underneath the truck to determine how far to slide them on.
After drilling a hole in the truck for the “window”, I spray painted everything.
Finally, I dropped the wheel assemblies into the grooves and glued some thin plywood pieces over them.
I had so much of the 2X4 left over, I cut out some blocks for the truck to haul.