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Project by CM02WS6 posted 10-10-2014 08:48 PM 1522 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First project post here! Been enjoying reviewing projects here and getting tips. This is a toy mining truck that I just finished for my son. It is loosely based on a new truck I worked on, but with several additions per his request (like the access door and front tow hooks). This was quite complicated at times with all the angles custom parts, but I just thought a way through it and slowly got it done. The overall project was quite fun and I’m really happy with the end result. He loves playing with all the details I built in, so that makes all the time invested worth it. You can’t really tell from the pictures, but it is about 22” long overall, 11” wide, and 9” tall. The toy person is a Playmobil man from some of his firetrucks, which fits the scale really well. The wheels were made with the techniques presented in Tremendous Toy Trucks. The wood is Maple and Walnut, finished with three coats of Satin Arm-R-Seal.





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#1 posted 10-10-2014 10:49 PM

Very nicely done…someone will really enjoy it

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#2 posted 10-11-2014 05:28 AM

Nice work. Welcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 10-11-2014 07:55 AM

What a beautiful piece off work, it almost look you bought it in a store. ;-)
You must be a proud man, that you make this beautiful piece off woodworking.
Your very welcome here, we love this kind of work.

Thanks, Henrie.

-- Greetings from the Netherlands.

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#4 posted 10-11-2014 08:58 AM

This is really a great truck. I like it very much. Did you first drawn it or is it made “freehand”.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#5 posted 10-11-2014 10:02 AM

well done

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 10-11-2014 12:56 PM

Nice!

-- Gary, Florida

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#7 posted 10-11-2014 03:45 PM

Awesome truck. What a great toy for a little boy.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 10-11-2014 04:13 PM

AS I make toys; appreciate toys etc.; I feel qualified in making this observation!

AWESOME!

-- just rjR

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#9 posted 10-11-2014 07:55 PM

As it is for your son, all the work was worth it.
I am sure he will enjoy it as much as you did working on it. A really nice project!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 10-11-2014 08:44 PM

Cool cool truck ! Something your son will enjoy for years! Well done

-- Carl, Iowa

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#11 posted 10-12-2014 03:24 AM

Nice little truck. I wish there are more such wooden toys for our kids.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 10-13-2014 08:39 PM

Great attention to details. Enjoyed your work. Really impressive.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#13 posted 10-14-2014 05:03 PM

Thanks for the compliments! This was a very fun project and now my son is requesting another. My wife is resisting because this took a long time and she’s got other “orders” to fill.


Did you first drawn it or is it made “freehand”.

- Dutchy

I made this based on a side view of the truck I wanted to model, then scaled the picture to the overall model dimensions I wanted. Then, I took that scaled picture and measured key dimensions and created a CAD model that I then used to guide the build process.

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#14 posted 11-07-2014 12:28 AM

How did you do the wheels?

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#15 posted 11-07-2014 02:31 PM


How did you do the wheels?

- Morton WoodWorks

The wheels were made with the process outlined in the book Tremendous Toy Trucks. It is a really good reference if you’ll be making toy trucks. I got mine for like $10 on Amazon. The overall process is to make two discs per wheel, then cut the treads on each disc at opposite angles (I used an angle block on my table saw crosscut sled), then glue the two together. You have to be sure to cut the tread such that the cut intersects the middle of the disc, which takes a bit of lining up to get correct. Using a sled with a stop block makes the process very quick to repeat.

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