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Project by Thepps posted 08-12-2009 04:10 PM 9779 views 16 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, I’m addicted. I have found that toy trucks are a lot of fun to build. I built these for my son, who isn’t even born yet, at least not for another week or so. Too bad he will have to grow up a bit before playing with these. I figured I have more time in the shop now rather than later after he is born, so why not. I built all of these trucks from the book ‘Tremendous Toy Trucks’. They are all built from a combination of hard maple, walnut, jatoba or bloodwood. These projects are great for using up scraps around the shop. I finished some of them with poly, others with lacquer. I found that poly turned the maple an amber color, where the lacquer did not. Poly and lacquer are both safe finishes, after they cure for about a month.

Update 1/29/2012:
My son is two and a half now – and pretty rough with all his toys, including these. The trucks have suffered a few injuries, but nothing major – smokestacks on a couple of the trucks broke off and one of the posts on the log loader broke off. But, all fixed very easily.

He has a lot of fun playing with these and whenever somebody asks who made these, he replies ‘Dadda’!

I think he’ll get a ton of use out of these when he gets to be a few years older.

Definitely, a great project for any parent or grandparent. They are a lot of fun to build.

Log Loader:

Skidder:

Log Truck:

Low Bed Truck:

Monster Truck:

Dump Truck:

Thanks for looking.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL





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Waldschrat

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#1 posted 08-12-2009 04:35 PM

I love these things! The tires look like real rubber! I am impressed, great work!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#2 posted 08-12-2009 04:40 PM

Great job on these! Very impressive work!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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#3 posted 08-12-2009 05:23 PM

these are awsome. I have an autistic son who is into all things with wheels…I should definately make him some trucks…or trains, which he prefers.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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GaryD

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#4 posted 08-12-2009 05:24 PM

Great job. Are these from plans? Simple but wil take anything your new son (Congrats) will dish out.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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John Gray

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#5 posted 08-12-2009 05:25 PM

Great trucks!!! How do you cut the grooves in the tires so accurately?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Rey

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#6 posted 08-12-2009 07:21 PM

Thanks for the post. I just purchashed the book on account of your post here.

Rey

-- Fine sawdust maker and Festool enthusiast

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Doug

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#7 posted 08-12-2009 08:54 PM

Those look very nice. I have had that same book for 2 years, but with a 2-1/2 year old and a 4 month old, I have not had time to make anything from it. I wish I had bought the book 3 years ago when I had some time. At least the book is getting some use….my 2-1/2 year old likes looking through it, naming all the trucks, pointing out the tools that were used….

-- Doug, WA

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 08-13-2009 02:33 AM

Looks like Grampy Doug had better get busy! These are wonderful.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 08-13-2009 03:32 AM

your trucks are just awsome…ive discovered makeing toys as well…my first grandson just turned one…and i have big plans…these have inspired me more..i have one large adult project to finish ,,,then i can revert back to a boy and make toys…..hey who said you cant play with them before you give them away…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 08-13-2009 05:11 AM

very impressive toys … lucky boy to have a dad like you

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

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#11 posted 08-13-2009 05:14 AM

Fun and cool your son will love em

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#12 posted 11-27-2009 02:56 AM

I’m getting that book also. Great job

-- My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I bought it for.

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#13 posted 12-16-2010 01:28 PM

More than good. I wont to play whit those trucks !!

-- My English and my woodworking are matching skills.

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#14 posted 01-05-2011 10:20 PM

Those are cool

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#15 posted 12-13-2011 03:20 AM

These trucks look great. Better than the ones in the book. I really like your custom wheels on the Monster truck.

Bret

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