Toys from 2x4s. How I transform cheap lumber.


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In this video I show you how to build a versatile, modular toy truck from a single 2×4 stud. I take you through the procedure of producing a toy truck with a removable trailer, a block carrier, and even a camper for those imaginary outside experiences. I share ideas on laminating and preparing the wood for the build.

I direct you through cutting and forming the truck and camper, using design templates for accuracy. You'll see how tools like spindle and disc sanders are indispensable for accomplishing smooth curves and edges. I also show the drilling and assembly techniques required to bring the toy to life, focusing on guaranteeing whatever meshes completely.

In a genuine talk section, I discuss alternatives for wheels, encouraging on buying versus them, and offer insights into selecting the right dowels for a tight fit. Security and aesthetic appeals are not neglected as I cover painting and ending up touches, guaranteeing the toy is not only visually enticing but likewise child-safe.

By the end of the video, you'll see how from a humble 2×4, you can develop a beautiful, practical toy truck with a set of blocks for included play worth. Whether you're a skilled woodworker or a newbie, this job provides a fulfilling experience and a possibility to craft a lasting toy that stimulates imagination. Download the complete set of plans, consisting of templates, at and start your own modular toy truck today!

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27 Comments

  1. HI Steve, when you originally posted this, I made it for my Grandson. It was a GREAT success. I encourage ALL the viewers to give this one a go, it’s a wonderful XMAX present! !! !!!

    1. Mark, I’ve been following Steve for ages and don’t remember this one at all… maybe I’m not as old as I think I am. 😆

  2. Great project Steve. I’ve made a few kids’ toys like this recently, and I make the wheels with a 44mm hole saw on the pillar drill, giving approx 40mm wheel diameter. The 1/4″ arbor drill is a perfect fit for 6mm dowel with wood glue. 1/4″ dowel would be a squeeze but would probably work. I round the edges with a 1/8″ roundover bit, but the sander works just as well.

  3. A little wax on the axles before sealing them in would help cut down on the squeaking. But the noise is part of the fun, though. 😉

    Fantastic project. The camper piece also needs a fold down back so blocks can go into it as a proper toy hauler. Literally. 😂

  4. Really beautiful work, Steve! 😃
    It really turned out great!!!
    Stay safe there with your family! 🖖😊

  5. I started woodworking around the same time that I started being a parent. When I started woodworking, I was really self conscious of every mistake that I made and was reluctant to show people what I had made. The thing about making toys like this for kids is that they don’t care if it’s perfect or not. Simple toys like this provide endless hours of fun for little people and also provide an opportunity to improve your own skills.

    1. These kind of toys are great. Toddlers aren’t critical, have great imaginations, and prefer simplicity!

  6. I love your pragmatism about buying wheels off the shelf. Another great build. Glad to see you again.

  7. I love that way of doing the axles, much easier than when I tried to hand-drill a straight hole through the wooden duck family (drill press on the Christmas wishlist!)

    A thought would be to tape off the bottom before painting so the panel can glue up wood on wood instead of wood to paint?

  8. Cool project Steve. I made several cars, trucks and a trailer along with a bulldozer to haul around. He really liked them when he was young. I didn’t think about the detachable box for the truck, though. Yours look much easier to make. I wish I’d seen your video sooner! Thank you. 😊😊😊❤❤

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