July 5 - 11, 2015: Issue 221
DIY Wooden Toy Cars and Perfect Painted Flowerpots
School Holidays Fun – Winter 2015
If you have a little man who likes to play ‘stacks’ with his toy cars making a wooden alternative may ensure the junior Brabham or Brock in your family can play car racing for a little longer. This is also one of those DIY School Holiday activities you can do together – construction and decoration (or ‘paint work’) can be shared equally.
We include a simple model and links to free plans for more complex for those who like a challenge – either way you could build your own fleet of cars for your youngster and these are so hard wearing he, or she, may be able to pass them on in time to the next generation of in-family racers.
There’s also something for all those little ladies who love flowers and flowerpots that will encourage more creativity and make something attractive and unique to make your home brighter.
Simple Wooden Toy Car
Tools and Materials
• 20.32 centimetres of 1X4 (19mm x 90mm) pine board – or timber of your choice – hardwoods will lat longer and look nicer of you’re going to do a simple sand/stain or varnish finish
• 15.24 centimetres of 3/16 dowel rod
• Coping Saw
• 1.2500 drill bit
• 0.875 flat wood bit
• 1.5000 hole saw with .47625 cm guide bit
• Non- Toxic Paints (art)
• Varnish – optional
• Wear Protective gear when cutting out wood – goggles and mask
Cut out the pattern and trace it onto one corner of the pine board. Be sure to also mark the holes for the axles and the window. Then, clamping the wood firmly in place, cut along the traced edge with the coping saw.
Drill the two holes for the axles using the drill bit, and then drill out the window using the flat wood bit.
Using the remainder of the 1X4 board, cut out the wheels using the 1.5 hole saw. Then cut the dowel rod in half, so that you have two 7.62 axle pieces.
Sand all the rough edges. Then, insert the dowel rods into the wheels and tamp lightly with a hammer until they slightly protrude from the other side. After that, you can put the axles on the car and tap on the remaining wheels from the other side. Varnish or help your youngster to paint on some numbers and colour prior to varnishing.
Car stencil courtesy of Instructables - click on and 'save as' on your PC.
Toy Wooden Cars – Free Plans, courtesy Woodworking Downunder
1930’s Roadster: www.woodworkingdownunder.com/wooden_toy_car_plans.html
1920’s Racer: www.woodworkingdownunder.com/toy_car_plans.html
All are PDF’s at 25 kb per plan
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Personalising Your Flowerpots and Herb Trays
This is one for young and old alike, and definitely one that can be done together. Choose some small to medium to large plain terracotta pots and decorate them with more flowers or scenes from around your home of Pittwater, or anything else that takes your fancy and inspires.
The only time an adult need step in here, unless they are doing this themselves, is when the pots need to be finished with a protective coat of a clear acrylic or varnish. Make sure you use pots with base drainage as sealing the exterior will prevent moisture being able to soak into the soil, and feed what plants you place in these pots, or for it to evaporate out. Good drainage means healthy plants.
Materials and Tools
• Clean terra-cotta pots
• Acrylic paints in assorted colors – good way to use up all those bits of paints in tins at home – or use non-toxic craft paints
• Small or medium foam brushes
• Plastic plates
• Cotton swabs
• Small artist’s paint brush
• Wire brush
• Clear spray acrylic
• Protector mask when spraying acrylic sealer
To begin, remove price tags and stickers from the pot by soaking it in a tub of warm water for up to an hour, then scrubbing it with a stiff brush. Allow the pot to dry completely before painting.
Apply your base coat first and allow to dry on newspaper so you don’t have a nice ring if paint runs. Apply the paint with a foam brush, working around the pot in broad strokes and make sure you don’t coat the base so water may drain. Extend the paint an inch or so down into the top of the pot. Terracotta pots will absorb a lot of paint. Apply additional coats if you’d like, allowing the pot to dry between coats, until the desired color depth is achieved.
Now for some decoration – you can trace some stencils or just do a free form version of whatever you like – flowers – leaves, or even do a range of pots which are painted with what’s in them for seasons when they are not flowering or fruiting – great for herbs or balcony gardens where chilies or herbs that die off during cold weather are grown, such as sage.
These make a great gift idea too and a row of various sizes inside along the kitchen sink window, or outside, will brighten up your garden and get youngsters more interested in what to plant in them.
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