This toy pattern includes a multi-page PDF. Please be sure to download and print the attached toy pattern at the bottom of this page along with these instructions.
- Band Saw or Scroll saw
- Sanders – Disc, Belt and spindle
- Router with round-over bit
- Drill Press
- Sand paper or emery boards
- 1/2” thick wood for wings & rudder
- 3/8” thick wood for propeller
- 3/4" wood for axle support
- 2x4 wood for fuselage
- 1" and 1/4" dowels
- 1-1/4" L x 7/32" hole axle pegs
- 1-1/4" wheels from the Toy Committee
- Make full size patterns from print of Airplane parts by gluing to a piece of cardboard or hardboard. Cut pattern to shape. Draw shape on wood surface and locate various drill centers.
- Drill 1" and 5/8" holes in fuselage for windows before 2x4 is tapered in plan view.
- Saw wing, tail wing and rudder from 1/2" material.
- Saw fuselage from 2x4. Cut side view first while sides are parallel. Cut tapered sides in plan view second.
- Cut 1" dowel for engines to length. Drill 7/32" for pegs to hold propellers. Notch rear of dowel to provide a flat surface to glue to wing.
- Cut propellers from 3/8" material and drill 1/4" holes for peg.
- Cut 3/4" material to 1-3/4" x 3" rectangular piece. Drill 9/32" or 5/16" holes in axle support for wheels. Cut corners and arch as indicated.
- Glue main wing to fuselage. Glue axle support to wing.
- Glue tail wing to the fuselage.
- Glue rudder to fuselage.
- Glue engines to the wing and attach propellers with an axle peg.
- Cut ¼" dowel for axle to length (axle support width + 2 x wheels thickness + 1/16" or 3/32" clearance). It is important to taper the ends of the axles to get them to easily go into the wheels. An easy way to do this is to gently sharpen the axles by turning the sharpener backwards in an old fashioned pencil sharpener-much easier than trying to do this with sand paper.)
- Assemble a wheel to one end of axle using white or yellow glue (Hot melt will not work.) (An easy way to glue the wheels to the axle is to dip a pencil point into a pool of glue and use the pencil to spread the glue to the inside of the wheel axle hole.) Add second wheel to complete assembly. Test that wheels turn freely. Sand to ease rough or sharp edges. Taper edges of wings as noted.
- Rub your hands over the entire vehicle to make sure there are not sharp edges or points. Remove with sandpaper if any are found.