|Project by iminmyshop||posted 11-10-2014 04:06 AM||1731 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
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.