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Project by BburgBoy posted 05-17-2018 01:08 PM 907 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This “Mil Spec” truck follows plans from the July 2018 issue of Wood Magazine. I constructed this toy for my grandson’s upcoming birthday mostly from shop scrap wood. So, it has more species than the plans recommended. Woods are maple, cherry, mahogany (not a good idea), and walnut. Tires are from a purchased kit.

I have a new found appreciation for toy makers. Working with small parts is hard! You simply can’t use power tools for cutting some of these tiny pieces. Tolerances are not forgiving. Good excuse to purchase an excellent Veritas cross cut saw and build a few jigs. Finished it with spray shellac.

All in all, it was fun and a good learning experience.

-- Larry, SW Virginia





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#1 posted 05-17-2018 01:33 PM

I really like the design of this truck ….. looks right like a troop truck …. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 05-17-2018 02:25 PM

Awesome job! Why was the mahogany a bad idea?

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#3 posted 05-17-2018 02:34 PM

Really nice work. I am curious why “mahogany (not a good idea)”? I love working with mahogany.

I agree toy/model making can be challenging, but very rewarding also.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 05-17-2018 02:43 PM

Beautiful work Larry!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 05-17-2018 03:44 PM

RE: comments about mahogany. Not sure whether my mahogany stock is different than most, but I found it far too rough across the grain. I did my best on the photos to hide the imperfections. However, it look closely at the forstner bit hole on the cab or the fenders, you’ll see the edges were quite rough. I tried hiding that with shellac and sanding. I probably could have used some grain filler, but would have been a bit much for something that might end up in a sandbox…

There is some cherry on there, which the plan called for. It has tighter grain, but I didn’t have any in thick stock so I used a big chunk of mahogany from another project.

-- Larry, SW Virginia

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#6 posted 05-17-2018 04:34 PM

Very nice job! I would just say, to avoid small parts, like the exhaust stacks that can easily be broken off by a small child.

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#7 posted 05-17-2018 04:51 PM

I bet he will be happy to get it. So awesome and clean job.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 05-17-2018 05:59 PM

Very Nice & Well Done Larry!

-- (Rick S.)... "Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!"

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#9 posted 05-17-2018 06:52 PM

This is a very nice toy truck. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#10 posted 05-18-2018 01:49 AM

Great project!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs here on Lumber Jocks.. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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#11 posted 05-18-2018 10:44 AM

Good playtime here

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 05-18-2018 11:26 AM

Nice little build there B’B’... Looks sturdy enough for bigger nippers… as MrRon said, except for the exhausts, the kiddies will exhaust before it breaks.


..... new found appreciation for toy makers. Working with small parts is hard! You simply can’t use power tools for cutting some of these tiny pieces.

If you can rig up a slow speed sanding disc (on a lathe per se), it would make small parts much simpler. While I am still learning, Dutchy and htl have some great blogs on refining small parts using sanding techniques.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#13 posted 05-18-2018 01:16 PM

Very nice job Larry. I fell in love with this plan when I saw it in Wood magazine. I was all ready to go into the shop and start cutting when I realized I didn’t have the proper wheels. You have given m e a benchmark to shoot for when I get around to making mine.

-- Retired and lovin it

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#14 posted 05-18-2018 02:02 PM

Great job on the truck, always love to see the toys,`

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#15 posted 06-27-2018 11:23 PM

Good strong truck there for hours of fun and play..top marks sir!!

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

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