|Project by Wood Studios||posted 06-10-2014 05:09 PM||2940 views||11 times favorited||17 comments|
I made five of these toy truck banks for my five grandsons whose ages range from 1.5 to 16 years of age and varied the design to fit the interest of the grandson at this point in time. For example the axles can be removed to replace wheels because one of my grandson is a tinker and most likely will become a ME like his father. The red knobs on the gear shift fits the artistic grandson. I used black walnut, red oak, cherry, hickory, chestnut and whatever the wheels are made of [Chinese wood]. All of the metal parts are solid brass except for some of the interworking parts of the door. After making the second one, I decided to invest some time in making labor saving jigs and I was able to cut the time on the last one to 1/3 rd of the time for the first two. I am trying to figure out a way to make a fifth one with a spare wheel housed in the fender on the passenger side of the truck. If I managed to build one, I will post it on LJ. All of the U.S. Post Office box doors were purchased on eBay and then sent off to Shannon, Georgia where a very nice and kind couple restored them to new like condition. A fellow LJ contributor, Peter Crowe from Australia, helped me find the plans for the truck [Rockler] and locate a sander that I needed to shape many of the parts. The photos were taken by a professional photograher [my youngest daughter].
-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!