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Toy Trucks Build #1: Day 1 - Basic Milling of Chassis

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Blog entry by HerbC posted 196 days ago 1084 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We have two young grandsons, Chance (almost 3) and Jaylan (6). I’ve decided to build a couple of toy trucks for them. For this project I’m using the truck featured in WoodSmith No 35 (Oct 84). Here’s a picture of the truck as featured in the magazine:

Today I selected a piece of cypress to use to make the chassis of the trucks. The piece was rough sawn and 5/4 thickness. I used my Ridgid planer to surface the board and planed it down to 13/16” thickness.

The planer does a great job but generates a lot of chips. I use this separator I made using a ShopNotes design to catch the chips and save my vacuum cleaner.

Once the board was the right thickness, I cut the pieces to rough length and width. I wound up with enough to make four chassis pieces. I ran them through the planer on edge to plane them down to the exact width (2 1/4”).

The next step is to finish milling the chassis pieces. But first I have to build a small sled for my table saw…

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090



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Karson

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#1 posted 196 days ago

Herb I’m going to follow along on your build. I give one day of each week to the toy making outreach at the Mason Dixon Woodworkers.

We make about 1300 toys each year to give away at Christmas time. I’ll have to pull out that issue and check it out.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 196 days ago

Glad you enjoy building them. I make them every day.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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HerbC

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#3 posted 196 days ago

Karson,

Good, glad to have you watching. I’ve noticed your efforts each year and been amazed at the number of toys your group makes and gives each year.

I think this build will be fun and maybe it will get me more motivated to be an active woodworker, not just a wood dreamer.

Hunter71,

Glad to have you along.

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#4 posted 195 days ago

I printed out the article and will take a look. I went looking through the woodpile at the toy shop looking for 2 1/2” Sapele for the side rails for Doll Beds. Need 226, 16” X 2 1/4” X 3/4

I finished cutting the bed posts for 112 beds 1 3/16 square X 7 and 9 for the two ends. These are all Sapele also.

Not sure what the head and foot boards are going to be made out of. We used Cherry 2 years ago.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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