Build a Toy Truck From Scrap Wood!

October 18, 2007 by  
Filed under Toys, Woodworking

Unpainted Truck

The inspiration for this project was the scrap piece of 2 X 4 shown in the photo below. I wanted to try to think of something fun to use it for and the idea of turning it into a toy truck struck me.


To build this toy truck the first thing I did was to make a 30 degree miter cut at one end of the 2 X 4. Then I made a straight 90 degree cut about 1.5 inches back from that. The last cut I made was to make a 7 inch long block to be used as the base of the truck. The photo below should offer some clarification with the smaller mitered piece (the cab) sitting on top of the base piece.

Cut Pieces

To clean up the pieces and remove the possiblities of slivers I sanded the boards smooth with my random orbit sander and 100 grit sand paper. Sanding

After I finished sanding I placed the cab block about 1.25 inches back from the front of the base. I then glued and nailed it down to the base using wood glue and 2 inch brad nails.

Now that the body of the truck is ready, it’s time to add the wheels. The wheels are just 1.5″ wooden wheels that can be found at most craft stores. I attached them using #8 whasher head screws.

With Wheels

In the next posting we will give the truck a paint job!


5 Comments on "Build a Toy Truck From Scrap Wood!"

  1. » Paint The Wood Truck! on Fri, 19th Oct 2007 9:38 pm 

    […] add a little flair to the toy truck from the previous posting, we are going to paint it and add a couple of highlight pieces made from a few other scraps lying […]

  2. Mom and Pop on Sat, 2nd Oct 2010 12:03 am 

    Fantastic! I make a few other cars/trucks from 2×4’s, this truck is perfect.

  3. instructions build wooden toy truck - Woodworking Show Projects on Mon, 29th Sep 2014 11:11 am 

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  4. harold rtombley on Sat, 14th Nov 2015 11:29 pm 

    i am 73yersold retiered. i started making toytrucks for my greatgrandsons. now I make them to sell.mygreatgrand calls them monstertrucks and hummers.

  5. Saani Bennetts on Sun, 2nd Oct 2016 7:39 pm 

    Very cool. A great simple toy for children. Well explained, thank you.

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