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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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stush3014 wrote:

#10 flat washers work with most of my toy axle pegs. stush3014@gmail.com

7/3/2013 03:52:19 PM Report Abuse
jmn466 wrote:

I use 1/4 inch dowels for axles and have been using flat washers from Walmart or Tractor supply for all of my tor tractors and trucks. Bob G

2/26/2013 08:23:27 AM Report Abuse

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