Peterbilt truck

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Project by romansfivefive posted 2009 days ago 5207 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a truck that I modeled after some peterbilt truck pictures I found. It is made out of ash and maple with a little walnut veneer for the pinstriping. I purchased the tires, but made all the other pieces. I experimented a bit with some tricks that I think turned out okay. For example, the grill is made out of laminating popcycle sticks and walnut veneer strips, the places with exposed bolts (like on the bumper) are toothpicks that I sanded off just above the surface of the bumper and the fuel tanks are an old broom handle that has answered an higher calling. I also started making a shallow recess in the bottom of the toy where I have glued a shiny 2009 penny (date facing out) to help me date them.

I joked with my wife that the real reason for the penny is so that I can be guaranteed that no matter how poorly the project turns out, the toy will never be completely worthless. It was fun to make something a little bigger (18 inches long) and I am pleased with the way it turned out. My kids are already asking for a flatbed to put on it, but I think I might display it for a while before I let the wild things have a go at it.

God Bless

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#1 posted 2009 days ago

That’s sweet. Any Idea how many hours you have in it?

-- Greg S.E. Ga.

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#2 posted 2009 days ago

Rob very nice job. If you like building wood models go to or they both have neat stuff. coloradobob

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#3 posted 2009 days ago

Nice job!

Looks just like the one I used to drive.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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#4 posted 2009 days ago

very nice and detailed, looks real


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#5 posted 2009 days ago

Outstanding job on the truck. You have come a long ways on your truck building. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 2009 days ago

By the way I just listened to “The great belly button caper” on your website. Nice job there as well, very cute. I sent your site to some friends of ours too.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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#7 posted 2008 days ago

Excellent job…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#8 posted 2008 days ago

Looks great, lucky kids

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#9 posted 2008 days ago

That reminds me of Smokey and the Bandit… it looks great, you’ve done a fantastic job.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 2008 days ago


got any plans for it?

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#11 posted 2008 days ago

THanks for the kind words.

Broda, I don’t use plans, I use a couple of websites that have blueprints and I make my pieces according to those pics. I print them out, then use a photocopier to enlarge them until the wheels are the same size as the wheels I want to use. The rest is just measuring and checking other pics.

I just check out these sites and use the different perspectives to come up with how big the pieces should be. You can google search for blueprints too, but they usually send you to one of these two sites anyways.

Coloradobob, Thanks for the tip. I have been on those websites before (I think Toyguy sent me there) and I love them. I have never bought a plan, because my favourite part is figuring out how to build the project. It is kind of like a puzzle for me. I am also incredibly cheap. I do use them to get ideas on which project I should start next and some ideas on pieces that they used to make thier models.

Greg, I have no idea how many hours in total. I started in the new year, but it is hard to figure out, because somedays, I would spend 5 minutes gluing two pieces together, then not be able to do anything else until the next day (because there is so much agressive sanding and shaping required, I really like to make sure it is well cured, before I start to shape the piece) and some days I would spend 3 or 4 hours. If I had to guess, I would guess 40ish… maybe… I really don’t know. I worry if I start to keep track of that type of stuff, this hobby will start to feel like work.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#12 posted 2000 days ago

Guess I missed this one when first posted…...... LOL.

Looks great. Wish I could make my own plans like you do….... Keep up the good work.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#13 posted 1627 days ago

I was looking around for wheel ideas and just found your projects. Good work.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#14 posted 1627 days ago

Wonderful truck super nice details

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 1627 days ago

That is a fantastic job. Great detail & craftsmanship.

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