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Project by Thepps posted 1926 days ago 2306 views 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, when my wife and I found out we were having a baby boy later on this summer, naturally, I found a wealth of new projects that I could start on. In between building a new changing table and dresser, I squeezed this fun project in. I stumbled across a fantastic book titled ‘Tremendous Toy Trucks’ by Les Neufeld that has some awesome projects in it. This is the first of many trucks/tractors to come for me. They are a lot of fun to build and go together relatively quick. The bulk of the truck is constructed out of hard maple with bloodwood for the fenders and walnut for the wheels. Everything is glued together and not a single screw or nail is used. I think it is desinged quite well and will hold up to a lot of wear and tear over the years. The wheels do spin and it rolls very easily and straight. The truck is about 11” long I believe. I finished it off with 6 coats of poly. I can’t wait until our boy is born and he’s at age to be able to play with it. But for now, I guess I’ll be the only one playing with it :)

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 1926 days ago

It look awesome, your little boy is going to love it and his little boy is going to love it. Great job Dad… and congrats.


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#2 posted 1926 days ago

Sweet…I may need to find a copy of that book. Thanks for sharing!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#3 posted 1926 days ago

Congrats on the baby and a wonderful truck ,he will love it.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1926 days ago

Nice Truck, Dad!!

Those wheels must have been difficult to make.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 1926 days ago

Don’t forget to sign and date it. Very nice job.

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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#6 posted 1926 days ago

The wheels actually were not too difficult to make. They begin as two halves and you use the tablesaw to cut 15 degree kerfs on the ends. Then they are glued together. It’s rather easy and they end up looking pretty cool.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#7 posted 1926 days ago

Very cooool…..!!!!!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 1926 days ago

Beautiful job.The wheels finish it off perfectly. A kids dream.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 1926 days ago

good work … nicest little truck on LJ’s

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 1926 days ago

Great project, I just ordered the book from Amazon, they have plenty of new & used copies available.
I will have to build them in pairs…..I am sure my son will want one too!!!!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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Les Hastings

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#11 posted 1926 days ago

Great work! I started this same truck several years ago with a few changes of my own, but I’ve never finish it. Maybe I’ll have to look for that box of parts. Again very nice work!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#12 posted 1926 days ago

Wow….. cool project… Well done….I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a while now…for my grandson… It’s getting closer to the top of the list….

Thanks for posting..


-- Happy and safe woodworking,

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#13 posted 1925 days ago

Way to go Dad! You done good. Remember it is the boys truck. Nice job! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 1925 days ago

Congratulation! As a dad of 6 years old boy, I can tell the boy can play with this at least 6 years! And it will be great if your grandson can play with it someday too.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#15 posted 1925 days ago

I have a copy of that book and have been contemplating trying this design. Now that I see you can recreate them well you have motivated me to give it a try.

Great work!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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