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Build a soapbox car

Looking for a project to do with the kids? We show you how to build a soapbox car – the perfect ‘wheels’ for summer!

28/05/2014Print article

Text by Mattias Wenblad. Styling/photography by Malin Nuhma


1 Cut out the parts
You can adapt the dimensions of the car to the size of your child. Using a saw, cut out the parts for the frame and start by screwing the bottom frame together.

2 Assemble the bottomn
Fit the board that will form the bottom of the car and screw the rest of the framework together.

3 Fit the plank for the wheels
It’s now time to fit the plank for the front and back wheels into place. The plank for the front wheels is fitted using a bolt, washers and lock nuts – so that the wheels can turn to the left and right when you’re finished. Saw out and fit the planks that form the body of the car. When you’re finished, sandpaper all the sharp edges to make them smooth.

4 Paint and decorate the car
Paint your car the colour of your choice. Why not make a template and paint numbers on the bonnet? You can also add lights and we even used two metal lids from old jam jars for headlights.

5 Mount the wheels
Assemble the wheels as described in the accompanying description. Mount these onto the planks for the wheels under the car. Drill holes in the front plank for the wheels. Fit a length of string or rope, which acts as a steering device.

6 Make a brake
Make a brake for one of the back wheels using a piece of dowelling rod.

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