Fleet of Dump Trucks

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Project by iminmyshop posted 11-10-2014 04:06 AM 2208 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since the setup for most projects is what always seems to take the most time, I thought it would be just a bit more work to make 5 of these as it would be to make one. Ha! These trucks have lots of small parts that still take time to make. The only part I would make differently is the hinge for the rear axle. It is probably the part most likely to break by an enthusiastic 6 year old. If it were made of two thin layers of wood glued perpendicularly to each other to make a plywood it would be much stronger.

This was my first attempt at any wooden toys. The plans were from Les Neufeld’s “tremendous Toy Trucks” a book I highly recommend. The instructions, templates and photos were very clear and easy to follow.

Most of the templates are not drawn full size but the size is clearly marked. There is a terrific, inexpensive software program called Bigprint. I scanned the templates, loaded the jpeg into the Bigprint software and then easily scaled it up to full size.

The trucks were all made from scrap wood. The wheels and dowels were purchased. Some of these will be gifts for great nephews and a couple I may try to sell.

This was also my first attempt to take a photo with a decent background and lighting. I hung a large PVC pipe from the ceiling in my shop from which I hung a 10’ x 20’ gray muslin background purchased on Ebay. When I’m ready to take a photo, the table saw gets pushed to the end of the room and voila! I have an instant photo studio. It is a good way to get me to do a thorough job on the thing I like to do least in the shop – cleaning up.


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#1 posted 11-10-2014 09:18 AM

Very nice work.


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

I go with Dutchy – very nice.

-- Knappen aka Ole - I have to try everything at least once.

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#3 posted 11-10-2014 02:07 PM

Those look great. I see what you are talking about with the bed hinge. If you make more you might just use a baltic birch plywood for the hinges.
I think they will last the way they are. You will have some very happy nephews.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 11-10-2014 02:50 PM

Very nice, I am adding this to my to do list for when I get a grandson or two that will most definitely need some of these.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#5 posted 11-10-2014 04:14 PM

These are on my Christmas list, too. I’ve had the book for about a year and I was going to make a few dump trucks, a few tow trucks, and couple of flatbeds for my boys and nephews. Any advice on ways to batch them out more easily?

-- "Those who are not dissatisfied will never make any progress" - Dr. Shigeo Shingo

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#6 posted 11-10-2014 04:25 PM

Any advice on ways to batch them out more easily?

The truck I made shares the same front and truck bed as a couple of others in the book so that will help. Just make sure that parts are cut accurately. The rear hinge alignment gave me the most trouble. If it is not drilled perfectly perpendicular, then when you put the dowel through, it will be angled too and the dump part will not line up properly. I also beefed up the rear hinge as described in the note above. I also extended the bottom and the back of the rear hinge around the dowel since, as drawn, it provides little support if the truck dumpster is torqued i.e. it would easily crack. BUT, you also have to make sure that the hinge does not hit the rear wheel. I would get started soon. This was a fun project took longer than I expected. Maybe I’m just slow.
Have fun.


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#7 posted 11-11-2014 03:13 AM

Looking good, these are a fun build, and just before Christmas?

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 11-11-2014 06:28 PM

Some nice fleet!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 11-14-2014 11:20 PM

Well sir, for a first attempt at toys, you have excelled…. the trucks are great and will bring hours of fun and play.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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