Here you are offered a plan for making an automobile toy. If you need to make a simple toy car in a relatively short time, this is the right plan for you.

The toy is simple in design, reminding of old automobile from the early 20th century, and the parts can be easily made using woodworking hand tools. The most tedious job that awaits you is sanding the parts to get their shape right. If you do not have a lathe, the ’tyre’ and ’driver’ parts should be made from some cylinder shape stock with a diameter similar as in our plan. 


Automobile toy plan
Project type
Project difficulty
Skill level
for advanced beginners
Level of workshop equipment
Hobby - Hand tools and power tools
Applied woodworking joints
Round mortise and tenon joint
Butt joint reinforced with dowels

L 105mm (4.13'') x W 68mm (2.68'') x H 50mm (1.99'')


If you have decided to make this toy for your children that is/are old enough to be with you in the workshop, it is best to do it together with them, so they can be taught the basics of woodworking. This way, they will become interested in doing various things that will surely benefit them later in life. The making of such simple toy cars, planes or the like is an ideal exercise, not only for developing an interest in making various things, but the children will own a toy in the making of which they themselves participated, and therefore will love it more, which will stimulate their desire to create and work.

You can paint the parts in different colors, or use different types of wood to give contrast to the parts colors, and choose a finish that is not harmful to children. We recommend that you further decorate the part that represents the driver by coloring his face and gluing something to his head to simulate his hair. This way, the toy will be more realistic and interesting to play with.


Exploded view and parts list
Automobile toy - Parts list
Assembly drawing
Automobile toy - Assembly drawing


There are several plans for wooden toy cars on our site that may be of interest to you: Simple toy on wheels plans, Old timer car toy plan.


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Submitted by Ceh Jan