Red Hot Fire Engine painted blue....

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Project by crowie posted 11-12-2015 03:53 AM 1160 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Red Hot Fire Engine painted blue….

A friend from Gymnastics who has been helping me with video editing and selection of a new laptop asked if I would make a blue fire engine in timber for his nephew as a Christmas gift.

Also my friend offered to pay me for the wooden toy but after all the assistance he’d given me, it was my pleasure to make the fire engine for him, though the blue has mucked me up somewhat.

The plan is from an old 1991 magazine.

The toy is about 14” long x 5” wide using a number of different Aussie hardwoods but painted.
The wheels are merbau with 5/16”dia through axles.

Took a little more time and effort that first thought looking at the plans and of course I’ve personalized it making it strong enough to be little boy proof.

And so you can’t argue with a 3year old on colours, so blue was it, 2 coats with 3 clear gloss on top!!!

YES “The Customer Is Always Right”!!!
Though I did rebel by clear coating the wheels & lights….

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

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#1 posted 11-12-2015 06:09 AM

There is a special type of enjoyment in making toys!


Did you give it “A-GO!”? just to see.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 11-12-2015 06:40 AM

Real nice truck and very sturdy too! I think a little boy is going to have a real fun Christmas.

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 07:15 AM

Nice story crowie. I also like the red hot (or whatever it is) fire truck. Well done.


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#4 posted 11-12-2015 12:18 PM

Great job Peter

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#5 posted 11-12-2015 05:28 PM

That is the coolest damn truck!!!

Yes, the customer is always right – even when they are wrong.

I’m glad you took pics before you painted it, because that is the truck that we all like.

I can’t believe how satisfying making kids toys can be. I just never thought about it. They are never going to impress any fellow woodworker when it comes to the wow factor, but seeing a kid play with a toy you made just for them is the best feeling ever.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#6 posted 11-12-2015 06:25 PM

Nice truck, I like the color! Kids love the colors! sure he will be happy.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#7 posted 11-12-2015 10:07 PM

very, very nicely constructed. In the military vernacatular Ya done good!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#8 posted 11-13-2015 09:30 PM

Thank you all for the encouraging comments, much appreciated….

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

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