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The fleet is complete - a series of gifts for the grandson

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Project by sras posted 08-13-2018 01:13 AM 3206 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started out with the idea to create cars to match an option wheel in one of my grandson’s activity books. The six images and the corresponding cars are shown below. I started out giving him a single car. Then after several months I’d give him another one.

Purple sedan

Green coupe

Red Sports car

Red hatchback

Blue jeep

Orange mini-van

After these 6, I wanted to make a few more. The green bus was based on a couple buses in the book.

The purple truck was just because everyone needs a truck.

And finally the orange hot rod was inspired by a few projects here on Lumberjocks.

The color is from Transtint dye – the purple and orange were from mixing 2 colors together. The finish is General Finshes water based polyurethane. I took some time to wax the axles and wheels and add washers. They really scoot on a hard surface!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive





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Hawaiilad

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#1 posted 08-13-2018 03:06 AM

I love them. Made plenty of those for our Grandboys a few years ago…the girls were not interested

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 08-13-2018 03:40 AM

Those are fantastic! Great job!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#3 posted 08-13-2018 04:46 AM

Cool Steve!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#4 posted 08-13-2018 07:51 AM

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#5 posted 08-13-2018 11:12 AM

These are adorable! What did you use to paint and finish them?

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#6 posted 08-13-2018 01:46 PM

Really Cool! I’ll bet he loves playing with them!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 08-13-2018 01:49 PM


These are adorable! What did you use to paint and finish them?

- KimAccurso


ALSO my ? what was the finish used ? they are fabulous Steve … and I just bet he will have hours and hours of fun with these very fine vehicles Grampa made … GREAT JOB :<)))) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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sras

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#8 posted 08-13-2018 03:24 PM

Thanks everyone!

Larry – Once our granddaughter showed up – it’s the same. She does play with them a little but LOVES shoes!

Kim & Tony – I edited the post to add the color & finish. Good question – I was in such a rush to get this posted I skipped that part.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 08-13-2018 03:26 PM

thank you Steve :<))

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

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#10 posted 08-13-2018 06:48 PM

These toy vehicles look great. Nice work.

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

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#11 posted 08-13-2018 10:21 PM



Thanks everyone!

Larry – Once our granddaughter showed up – it s the same. She does play with them a little but LOVES shoes!

Kim & Tony – I edited the post to add the color & finish. Good question – I was in such a rush to get this posted I skipped that part.

- sras
Thanks for the update Steve and congrats #1! well deserved. I have a whole book of toys to make my grandson but quite honestly I like this little buggies much better :)


-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#12 posted 08-14-2018 07:31 AM

They are so adorable with all those colours and different shapes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 08-14-2018 06:53 PM

Those are great looking cars and trucks. I really like the art work too. Your a very good grandpa! Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#14 posted 08-15-2018 02:19 AM

Such a great project

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 08-15-2018 08:39 PM

Well done and really clever. You captured the feel of the vehicles from the illustrations and made them into great toys. Great stuff.

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia, http://toymakingdad.blogspot.com

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