Dump Truck Toy Box

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Project by _Steve posted 05-14-2010 06:32 PM 8909 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this toy box for my grandson’s 2nd birthday. Made from Baltic Birch plywood 1/2 & 1/4 inch thickness, White Pine box supports, and the frame rails I pulled out of the cut-off bin are cherry. I used very low VOC paint and shellac to make it child safe. Ther are only 8 screws to mount the cab and box to the frame. All other joints were glued and clamped.

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#1 posted 05-14-2010 06:45 PM

Very nice truck. Looks like a lot of fun for the little guy.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#2 posted 05-14-2010 07:59 PM

That’s cool.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#3 posted 05-14-2010 08:53 PM

This is a neat toy box you should make extras I bet you could sell them and make some money to buy new toys for your shop.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#4 posted 05-15-2010 02:20 AM

Yup… He was so excited when he got it! I did feel a little bad. After he opened it, he ran around grabing all his toys on the floor and filled up the box. Then he grabed ahold of the front of the box and tried to lift it so he could dump them all on the floor. After he relized that it wouldn’t lift, he looked at me with this long face. I was going to make it dump, but my wife talked me out of it, said that if it did, the toys would never be inside. I had to agree with her.

-- McMaker Woodworks, Where you can give directive for a pending antique.

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#5 posted 05-15-2010 04:14 PM

Great idea, I like it!!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 05-28-2010 10:47 PM

another satisfied costumer
well done G dad
now make him one with tip and every thing incl. a stering wheel
on top of the house he can use in the sandbox (just a lowesided box instead)


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#7 posted 05-28-2010 11:33 PM

Hey Steve
This a great truck what child would not like this. What an adorable grandson you have.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 12-09-2010 08:11 PM


I really like this… I’m going to make something like this for my son. About how big is the dump truck bed and where did you find the wheels? Are they plastic or wood? Do you know what diameter they are? I’m trying to get the proportions correct. I’m going to try to make the cab and engine compartment open and put a lid on it. Great toy / toy box. Thanks for any input you can give me!!!

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#9 posted 12-09-2010 09:36 PM

Pudge, I sent you a pm.

-- McMaker Woodworks, Where you can give directive for a pending antique.

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#10 posted 01-19-2012 08:22 PM


I was wondering if I can get measurements and directions to build this toybox?


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#11 posted 04-02-2014 10:40 PM


I just recently started up my little garage wood shop at home and I was looking for ideas for a toy chest for my nephew and came across your truck toy chest and thought it was great! I know its been awhile since you posted but i was wondering if you still had the measurements to this project and if you could share them with me?

Thank you,

-- J&E Woodcrafts

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