Make a duck pull toy. Classic fun!



There is still plenty of time to make Christmas gifts. This week I have another classic toddler toy: the duck pull toy. And this is an instance where is really is cheaper to make something rather than buy. All you need are some scraps of 1.5″ thick wood. I used a piece of 2×7 redwood. If you don’t have a board this wide, you can glue together a couple of 2x4s. Or you could laminate a couple of pieces of 3/4″ plywood.

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The mama duck has 2″ diameter wheels and the babies have 1.5″ wheels. I bought these at a craft store rather than try to make them. Cutting twelve perfect circles would pose all sorts of challenges I didn’t want to contend with. Sometimes it makes a lot more sense to buy parts rather than making.

I glued the wheels onto the ends of 1/4″ dowels I used for the axles. To ensure they spin easily, I reamed out the holes a little wider with a drill bit by wiggling it back and forth.

To cut out the ducks, print out the templates in the plans at full size and stick them to the wood using spray adhesive. Let the glue dry for a minute before attaching the paper to the wood. This will allow it peel off easily.

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I cut out the shapes using my band saw, but you could also use a hand-held jigsaw. I had some 1/4″ plywood scraps I used for the wings, which I attached to the bodies with glue and a couple of brad nails.

It’s a lot easier to paint the ducks if you spray on a coat of white primer first. Then hit them with a couple coats of yellow spray paint. I painted in the faces using acrylic craft paints. I’ve included a painting guide on the plans, or you can give them whatever faces you want! After all the painting is done, spray on a couple coats of clear glossy spray lacquer. This gives the toy a nice, finished look and protects it from scratches. I left the wheels unfinished.

Tie a the ducks together with a few lengths of rope or cord and you are done!

Free duck pull-toy plans


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  1. Always were eye protection and dust protection for your lungs while you are at it. Biggest danger in wood working is not the spinning blades it’s that fine dust left in the air after using spinning blades. Merry Christmas and to all a good night.

  2. Remember to always were eye protection and some kind of dust protection. The biggest risk in wood working is not the spinning blades but the dust left behind after using those spinning blades. Merry Christmas all and to all a good night!

  3. Always unplug tools before working on them.
    Wear steel toecap shoes
    Do not wear loose clothing that can get trapped.
    Know your tools and make sure you use them safely.
    A tidy workplace is a safe workplace.
    Keep combustibles IE white spirit in a safe place.

  4. NEVER wear gloves when using rotating machinery such as drill presses, chop saws, or drill presses. The fabric can get caught and sucked into the blade or bit along with your hand. It could be the difference between a few stitches versus missing digits.

  5. Save your thumb! Use pliers to hold a nail when hammering them into wood. This works great, especially when working in tight or difficult areas.

  6. Educate friends and family to wait when power tools are running. Startling a woodworker by shouting over tools can lead to damaged projects or anatomy.

  7. First rule : Do not cut thyself. !
    Second rule : Have a few different size band aids really available in the shop and without having to open much to get to them. Wife hates when I bleed on the floor on the way to the bathroom in the house.

  8. I live way up north, my tools are in the unheated garage, and I’ve been making a bunch of Quarto games for Christmas gifts. So here is my MeMo safety tip: If your garage is below freezing and you are using power tools, take frequent breaks to warm your hands up!

  9. I live way up north in the USA, and I have been out in the unheated garage making Quarto game sets for Christmas gifts. My MeMo safety tip is as follows: If your workshop is below freezing, take frequent breaks to warm your hands up!

  10. Never wear long sleeves when using power equipment with blades or rotating parts. It only takes a second to change your life.

  11. Not only should you wear Eye protection, but another often overlooked piece would be Hearing Protection!
    Once lost your hearing is gone FOREVER!!


  12. Never, ever turn your hand-held router upside down and feed a piece of wood across the spinning bit. My 36 stitches can attest to that.

  13. Have proper lighting in your working area so you can see what you are doing, not guessing at what you are doing.


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