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Project by dustbunny posted 01-18-2011 08:43 PM 4161 views 6 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This truck was made from plans offered by Rockler offered as a free download. I made my own modifications to it for a more personal touch. I turned the front roof supports from walnut, found a 1902 flying eagle bank door and a coin slot on E-bay.

I made this bank for my grandson for Christmas, he is only four months old so he really has no idea, but it will be his for a very long time, and then some. I used brass nails and screws to give added strength to all the glued joints. Found a company in NY that does laser engraving on brass plates of your desired size, so I Photo Shopped a pattern and e-mailed it in. Had two panels done and delivered in a week.

The POB door was a bit rough when I got it, so I spent some time polishing and cleaning, took the dials apart and reset the combo to …..well, something he will remember.

It is made from white oak and walnut. I resawed all the oak from a 8/4×10” x 42” piece of stock and milled it all up to thickness. Used walnut cut offs from my cabinet maker friend that he gave me for free.

Finish is a base of danish oil followed with two coats of danish oil sanded in with 800 grit wet dry sandpaper. Waxed it up with two coats of Renaissance wax.

Approximate finished dimensions – 11” x 8” x 4”

Thanks for looking,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 08:48 PM

Well that is darn right cute.

I am sure that he will enjoy playing with it as a truck, and then a bank. Neat.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Kent Shepherd

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 08:51 PM

That’s cool Lisa. Looks like a fun build.

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 08:58 PM

This was the hit of our LJ booth at the Woodworking Show! Everyone stopped to look at it and talk to Lisa about it… she could have sold it 20 times over!
This is a special gift for a special person… great job Lisa!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 09:09 PM

I thought you had enoff playing with the toque center …LOL
looking good lisa

thankĀ“s for sharing


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Monty Queen

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 09:12 PM

Lisa: You did a awesome job with that bank. It looks real proffesional. Wonderful craftsmanship and detail put into it. Nice work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 09:13 PM

Great job Lisa! I enjoyed being able to look at it and touch it at the LJ booth. I’m sure it would have taken a prize if you’d entered it in the “showcase exhibit” at the Woodworking Show! And I know your grandson will be bragging about his grandma when he’s older!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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Gene Howe

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 09:20 PM

Wonderful! Beautiful job!
Where did you find the engraver for the plaque? Or did you do it yourself?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 01-18-2011 09:20 PM

Cute little truck. Looks like it took a while to make, but you did an awesome job. I’ve got a couple projects to get at for my grandson.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 01-18-2011 09:27 PM

This took me about two months start to finish, but only a few hours a week working on it.
Thanks for all the nice comments, it makes me want to get out in the shop, even though it is freezing !

Gene- here is the company I ordered from –


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 01-18-2011 09:37 PM

Very, very cool truck, Lisa! It really looks nice!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 01-18-2011 10:59 PM

Lisa, I liked it so much, I downloaded the plans.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#12 posted 01-19-2011 01:10 AM

The plans don’t include any dimensions for the wheels, steering wheel and headlights. I think that is so you will buy Rocklers ready made parts. I bought them, there was no way I was going to make spoked wheels : )

Looking forward to the finished truck post !


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#13 posted 01-19-2011 01:27 AM

Hi Lisa, I guess the people at the show were most fortunate to see and be able to touch this awesome truck that you made : )
The pictures really don’t do it justice….they don’t even begin to show all of the fine details that you spent so much time on …and the scale of the truck needs to be shown . It is so much bigger than it appears in the pics ....Your finish was just perfect !!!
I’m sure he will cherish it forever : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 01-19-2011 02:09 AM

Looks good. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 01-19-2011 03:03 AM

That is profoundly cool !

-- -- Neil

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