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Plywood stroller

Plywood stroller Hello dear readers!
After a long break, I continue to publish a series of my most diverse products. This time I would like to present to your attention a baby stroller made of plywood. I made it for the birthday of the child, for a photo session.
The tool that I needed:
– electric jigsaw,
– grinding machine,
– drill,
– screwdriver with drills,
– crowns for wood,
– hammer,
– wood glue,
– brushes,
– paints,
– screws for wood.
As with all projects, a blueprint was created for the stroller. Since I do not know in what program such drawings can be created, so I do everything the old fashioned way – I draw on plain paper and then cut it out, transfer it to the blank in the form of a stencil. Rather, there are a lot of programs, but which one is better suited for such work, I have no idea. If someone prompts and gives a download link, I will be very grateful! Thus, having drawn a sketch, I transferred it to plywood.
Baby stroller made of plywood  Plywood stroller Baby stroller made of plywood I used plywood 4 mm thick. Cutting off two pieces of the same size from the sheet, fastened them together with self-tapping screws. This was done so that both sides were completely identical to each other. I sawed out blanks with a jigsaw.
Further, in these sidewalls from the inner sides, I made grooves along the edges of the circles, stepping back a few centimeters from the edge of the blanks. These slots will be used to better secure the stroller bottom. I made it from a piece of chipboard. The choice fell on this material because it is flexible enough and does not require any special manipulations in order to bend it. I made the grooves using a conventional drill, inserting a wood cutter into the chuck. A metal plate was also used, in one side of which a hole was drilled for attaching to the workpiece, and in the other – a hole for a cutter. It turned out to be a kind of compass. The same device will be used in the future for making wheels.
 Baby stroller made of plywood Baby stroller made of plywood  Plywood stroller After choosing the material for making the bottom, the question arose with its attachment to the sidewalls of the stroller. Naturally, the chipboard sheet is cut to size and inserted into the grooves on the sidewalls. But this is not enough both in terms of the strength of the finished product and in the insufficient rigidity of the structure, because the toy was made for a child, and this implies significant loads on the stroller. Therefore, I installed transverse bars measuring 10 * 30 mm at three points of the sides. – stiffening rib. Previously, several holes for self-tapping screws were drilled at the ends. Without this, there was a risk of splitting these bars. I fixed them on one of the sidewalls of the stroller. Although the fastening was carried out using self-tapping screws, glue was still applied to the ends. Then he carefully missed the groove on the sidewall and on the very plane of the bottom. The part that fits into the groove. After a couple of minutes, I combined both of these details. The contact planes of the transverse bars with the bottom of the carriage were also glued. Since the bottom fit into the groove very tightly, I did not have to press it in any way for tight gluing. Enough of those efforts that were made at the time of the initial connection. The transverse ones were tightly pressed to the bottom with clerical clamps, which do not even do a bad job of playing the role of small, but convenient clamps. This project was done slowly, so I could afford to let the details dry well. And only after that I finished the second sidewall. This is how the manufacturing process and its final result looked at this stage.
Baby stroller made of plywood  Plywood stroller Baby stroller made of plywood  Plywood stroller Baby stroller made of plywood  Plywood stroller Plywood stroller Plywood stroller Plywood stroller Plywood stroller Now about how the wheels were made. To do this, I used the same device – a homemade compass. I made 4 identical blank wheel circles with it. Then, putting them on top of each other and securing them, he sanded them off the edges from the burrs that formed during the milling process. Unfortunately, some of the photos were lost. everything was filmed on different devices and some moments of production cannot be shown, but the general meaning of the process is clear. With the help of a paper stencil, lines were marked for drilling decorative elements in the wheels. This was done with wood crowns of different diameters in several passes with the wheels fastened together. It happened much faster and more accurately. Hearts were sawn out in the upper parts of the sidewalls. Also as an element of decoration.
Children's plywood stroller Plywood stroller Plywood stroller Plywood stroller Plywood stroller Plywood stroller Baby stroller made of plywood It was the turn of the painting of the stroller itself and the wheels. I decided to paint in 2 colors – pink and blue. For this, ordinary white enamel and dyes were used. Painted with a small brush in several passes of 2 layers. First I painted the bottom on both sides and let it dry very well. Then he pasted masking tape along the edges of the bottom in the places of its contact with the sidewalls so as not to stain the already painted one. After that I painted the sides. After drying, he took off the tape. Of course, in some places the blue paint penetrated under it, but it was very easy to remove with a smaller brush. Painted the wheels.
 plywood Baby stroller made of plywood  Plywood stroller I took an unnecessary camera and cut strips out of it, which replaced tires on wheels. I applied glue to the wheels and attached the strips to the wheels with boot studs. I did it with a slight tension for better adhesion of the glued surfaces. Looking ahead, I will say that after a few years this rubber cracked and began to crumble, tk. the stroller was almost constantly on the street, spent the winter in an unheated room and several times got caught in the rain, when, through an oversight, they forgot to put it under the shed. Therefore, over time, the rubber had to be removed, and where it was tinted black.
Baby stroller made of plywood Baby stroller made of plywood  Plywood stroller Baby stroller made of plywood  Plywood stroller I drilled holes in the legs of the stroller for winged mortise nuts. Along the edges of the main hole, I drilled 4 holes for the wings of the nut. With the help of clamps, I drove the nuts into the holes. Through them I passed the axles for fastening the wheels. They are made of Ø6 mm hairpin. Because the nut sleeve is almost twice the thickness of the plywood, then it protruded from the back side of the legs. This is very good – the pin does not come into contact with the wood in any way. The wheels were fastened using a conventional hex nut and an engraver on the inside and a cap nut on the outside. The fastening is good, the wheels sit tightly on the axle.
The handle was made from cutting a cutting. In the end, this is such a wonderful thing. The child was satisfied!
Stroller made of plywood Baby stroller made of plywood  Plywood stroller Baby stroller made of plywood  Plywood stroller Baby stroller made of plywood  Plywood stroller This is how this stroller looks as of 02/26/2021.
 Baby stroller made of plywood  Baby stroller made of plywood Thank you for watched the publication to the end, all the best!

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