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A Dump Truck Adventure #1: Humble beginnings

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Blog entry by George_SA posted 01-03-2018 07:20 PM 605 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It is time for another truck making adventure. The little guy who received this Old Time Farm Truck for his 1st birthday has a little brother who is now also nearing his 1st birthday.

As usual I asked professor Google and his assistants YouTube and Pinterest for some ideas and from those Ideas I decided on a dump truck. First I needed a plan and SketchUp proved to be handy again. I drew the plans (available over her)

As usual I start with the chassis. Although I prefer my Small parts clamp from woodworking tips it was just too small and I had to use the first generation Small Parts Clamping Jig for the Chassis glue up.

The chassis after gluing.

Because this is a toy and not a model it must be durable enough to stand up to little boys playing with it. Therefore all joints must be doweled. When making toys I strive for it to be realistic looking, without going into the fine detail of a model that is good to look at , but doesn’t stand up to being played with.

Next up the back axle. The back axle mounts.

A dry fit of the back axle mounts.

Next the front axle

I cut a 8mm sqr slot in a block with a cap block for the axle. (My drill press has a bit of run out which makes drilling accurate long holes like those used for axles quite difficult.)

Dry fit of the front axle

Front and back axle dry fit

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)



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#1 posted 01-03-2018 07:44 PM

Heavy Duty trucks need HD parts so you hit it just right.
Pulling up a chair for this build.
I built a similar truck for one of my first builds getting back into the toy-model game.

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#2 posted 01-03-2018 08:49 PM

Looking good!

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#3 posted 01-04-2018 05:59 PM


I built a similar truck for one of my first builds getting back into the toy-model game.

- htl


Nice truck. I find that making toys is very relaxing ant therapeutic.

Thanks Dutchy. I will be borrowing some of your techniqes in this build :)

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#4 posted 01-04-2018 11:53 PM

“durable enough to stand up to little boys playing with it. Therefore all joints must be doweled.”

And the notched frame for axles will also make it stronger and also helps keep the axles all lined up while building.
great job!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs here on Lumber Jocks.. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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