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Wheel being placed on a block of wood

Keep toys rolling with plastic washers

Wooden wheels on toy projects often don't turn freely due to the wood-on-wood friction between the wheel and the toy. For free-wheeling toys, make some plastic washers to reduce this friction. Cut your washers from any thin plastic such as coffee-can lids. Use a hole punch, knife, or scissors to cut the hole for the axle. Slide the washers between the wheel and the toy body, and the wheels will spin easily.

-- Carl Uberig, Beverly Hills, Fla.

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