On topic of making toys, I made this for my son over the Christmas holidays. It's not from the toy book I just posted, I just "winged it".
It was very fun (and super easy) to make. I just used scrap wood, some dowel, and some store-bought wooden wheels (got the wheels at Michael's Craft).
The tools I used were a drill press (to make the holes for the axle, and the hole for the exhaust pipe), a vice, a coping saw, and some sandpaper.
I used professional wood glue to glue the cab piece on to the body, and I used 2 sizes of dowel- one for the axles themselves, and one for the exhaust pipe.
The most fun was the paint job. I just used acrylic paint (didn't bother priming the wood, just went for it), and used a hair dryer to speed up drying so I could get multiple coats done.
When it was all finished I used two coats of an acrylic gloss finish, to protect and give it that "new truck" shine.
My son's been playing with it for about a week now, and if it can stand up to a week of his bashing and crashing, I consider it a success.
It was really fun giving it to him at the breakfast table that morning- I love the feeling of making him happy with something I made myself.
That being said, I also enjoy playing car racing games with him on the PS3!