|original photo from Pottery Barn Kids catalog|
Back in September my daughter saw the picture above in a Pottery Barn Kids catalog and asked me if I could make one for her. With her birthday around the corner, what could I say? The original was $79.00 and looked to be made from MDF. I figured I could do better for much less. I used the basic dimensions from the description and extrapolated the other dimensions from the picture.
I used 3/8" birch plywood (1/2" just looked too thick). Unfortunately the home improvement stores only carry 1/2" so I had to overpay for the plywood at Michael's Arts & Crafts. For the wheels, I used a length of 3" diameter wooden rod. I used whatever spray primer I had in the garage and I picked up a can of Krylon yellow spray paint.
|almost ready for paint|
After cutting out the parts, I could see this thing was going to be much larger than it looked from the catalog photo. I should have known from the dimensions, but it didn't hit home until I saw the pieces cut out. Construction was fairly easy. To make the wheel wells, I used a 4" hole cutter and cut out 2 circles. Then I used a 3" hole cutter to cut out the center of the circles to make 2 rings. Cut the two rings in half and you have 4 wheel wells.
Some glue, lots of sanding, some paint and it's done. It took me a few evenings of work and cost about $30. (It would have cost much less if I had sourced cheaper plywood, but I didn't have much time.) And best of all, my daughter loved it. Not too bad if I do say so myself.
|The homemade version|