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30 year old wooden truck - newer paint.

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Project by Howard posted 09-13-2015 10:22 PM 1259 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This group of wooden toys were built from the late 70s to the early 80s… this truck was built by myself in 1984 and the entire group was unfinished until around 2007 as I worked on various other projects.
At that time I decided to add some color to my wooded toys and this is the end result of paint & decals. I added decals to the barrels, kegs and mild cans that sit in the rear of the truck. I will post pictures of a couple other items from this group to give you an idea of the possibilities when adding paint and decals to wooden items.
I made a decision when I started building these toys to only used 3/4” – #2 Pine…. therefore all of my wooden toys from that time period are made totally from #2 Pine.

-- The greatest compliment you can give a person is to copy and hopefully improve upon their work.





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Burb

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#1 posted 09-13-2015 10:26 PM

Very cool. I’d like to start making toy vehicles myself, though I’d say yours are beyond my abilities…

-- I aspire to be a novice woodworker...

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hunter71

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#2 posted 09-14-2015 02:44 AM

Lots of playtime for some lucky child.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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htl

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#3 posted 09-14-2015 04:42 AM

Love all your wooden toys!!!
I can really appropriate the flat bed truck, grader, crane and plane having built them all way back when.
The plane and large crane haven’t survived the trip of 35 or so years.
I hope you don’t mind me showing the survivors, sorry they are showing their age..
The crane on the truck was built from measurements from a crane on the job at Harris Dam in Alabama around 1980.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Howard

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#4 posted 09-14-2015 05:16 AM

Burb… you can do it… I was a beginner when I built these. Just make one piece at a time and before you know it, the project will be done. HTL… Looks like you and I were working from the same plans! I will post a couple pictures of a couple more of this set that are now painted.

-- The greatest compliment you can give a person is to copy and hopefully improve upon their work.

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handsawgeek

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#5 posted 09-14-2015 08:24 PM

Howard – Excellent truck! Nice toys! Absolutely nothing wrong with pine! It’s a good way to use up all of those 1 by x dimension pine scraps that always seem to accumulate.

htl – Good creative use of axle pegs on that sternwheeler.
Are these being played with now? If not, they are vintage enough to warrant dusting them off and putting them in a display cabinet! Very nice work.

-- Ed

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htl

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#6 posted 09-14-2015 09:33 PM

Hand saw geek
I have to keep them in boxs.
My wife had dusted them for many years and just doesn’t see the need for them so I put them away so there won’t be any farther damage.
I guess I should repair them but it’s much more fun to build new.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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htl

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#7 posted 09-14-2015 09:44 PM

Howard
I build these on my new Shop Smith in a 10’ by 10’ shed was just right for these kind of projects.
Did you build the train, I just loved making them?
Sorry pictures of pictures so not very good. 1980?

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 09-14-2015 09:46 PM

That is a beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 09-15-2015 09:25 AM

Incredible collection! I like renew paint.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Howard

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#10 posted 09-15-2015 05:37 PM

*htl… no, I never got around to building the Train. Just took off in another direction of woodworking. I have so many interests that I rarely ever sit still. Went from this project to Hunting and Trapping… especially love Trapping. Then back into woodworking on a different plane. Currently building Kinetic Sculptures and then going to try some wooden gear clocks. Will post my first Kinetic sculpture in a few days…building the second one now…. over 45 separate pieces and gears to fine tune before the finish.

-- The greatest compliment you can give a person is to copy and hopefully improve upon their work.

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htl

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#11 posted 09-18-2015 11:34 PM

Howard sounds like we work a lot alike.
I hardly ever build more than one of anything.
I love to build things but the thought that goes into the build is what I really enjoy.
O! and I love to figure out improvements to a design may not always work but it’s fun trying

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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