What's better than a motorcycle like dad's for the little one to rock around on at home? Here are complete plans to build one! (Link at bottom)
My dad had a motorcycle when I was little and I used to pretend my rocking horse was a motorcycle so I could be like dad. Would've been cool to have my own rocking motorcycle instead of a horse, but I didn't know there was such a thing… until now.
Canadianhomeworkshop.com has these rockin' plans to build one for the little guy. Like all the plans I've found here, there is a complete illustration with templates, a cut list and a detailed step-by-step narrative for the build. I know for a fact that toys like this go for big bucks in toy shops and this would not only make a great project for the kid in your life but maybe a great product for your business!
This project looks complicated, but it’s actually easy to put together. Templates are one reason why. I’ve created them for the frame, all the main components, fenders and almost everything else.
As with any real motorcycle, the frame is the foundation. I’ve designed this project so most components are glued and pin-nailed to the frame to create depth and detail. The frame itself is a one-piece design made from two layers of 5/8″-thick Baltic birch plywood, glued face to face.
Begin by making all the templates you’ll need. Start with paper, then use that to prepare solid versions made with 1/4″-thick hardboard.
With paper in hand, use rubber cement to glue the sheets of paper onto 1/4″-thick hardboard, then cut right through the paper using a jigsaw or bandsaw. Be careful as you work because each hardboard template needs to be a perfect copy of the part you’re making. The templates determine precise part sizes and shapes, so accuracy is key.
With a complete collection of hardboard templates, you’re ready to begin production. Since these templates are durable, you can reuse them many times. Trust me, once friends and family see this project, you’ll practically need an assembly line to keep up with demand.
Click through to canadianhomeworkshop.com for the full plans.
Illustration by Len Churchill courtesy of canadianhomeworkshop.com