Delta Tools Truck

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Project by romansfivefive posted 01-31-2008 09:06 PM 9475 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine is a huge delta tools fan so I did some research and made him this truck. It is based on blueprints I found on line for 1930’s Model AA stake truck. I then found out what the delta logo looked like on thier pachaging from 1930 and decided to make it look like a delivery truck for that company. Eventually I am going to make a shipping crate to go on the rack that is big enough to hold his business cards.

This was made out of one 2×4x8 spruce on sale for 1.99 at the hardware store. I cut it into planks and used it to build the truck. It was enough wood to make the truck 24×8x8 with 3.5 inch wheels. Once the wood was cut, it did all kinds of funny things, there were tons of splits and warps as it dried out. I am not sure I will choose that building material for such detailed work again. I spent a lot of time repairing cracks.

The hardest part for me was makeing the dowels and wheels round. I don’t have a lathe so I had to cut it out with a band saw and use a drill press and sand paper to round the corners. Every single piece on this truck (axles, exhaust, tires, lights, fenders, rack, leaf springs, rad) came from that 2×4. There wasn’t alot of wood left over, but there was a pile of sawdust. I wasn’t sure if using purchased dowels for axels would have disqualified me from the contest, so I decided to make them as round as I could.

I am pretty new at this, and I am eager to find out what you think. There is so much amazing work on this site that I feel somewhat sheepish about entering my second try at a toy truck. I am quite pleased with the result and hope to hear from you.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#1 posted 01-31-2008 09:13 PM

Now that is a interesting wood project. I am sure your friend will be thrilled with it.

-- Guy Kroll

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#2 posted 01-31-2008 09:21 PM

Hey…that’s really neat! What a great gift and a unique entry.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#3 posted 01-31-2008 09:26 PM

You did a great job and picked something very unique for the contest. The truck came out great, I’ll bet he loves it. Well done.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#4 posted 01-31-2008 09:30 PM

That is an unque gift and entry to the 2×4 contest.
And I know just what you went through to get it built. I build a lot of these kind of models. (it’s my first love)I also had all kinds of funny stuff happen to my 2×4 once sliced up. I also understand about tring to get a project like this out of a single stick. It looks to me it turned out not to bad. Good luck with the contest….

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#5 posted 01-31-2008 09:30 PM

I love it, that’s the cutiest truck I ever seen.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 01-31-2008 09:45 PM

Very cool!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 01-31-2008 09:59 PM

There’s no need to be at all sheepish about your truck! And to think you achieved it without a lathe – those wheels are so detailed. A tremendous achievement. The bad thing is that sorting out my voting is getting just about impossible

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#8 posted 01-31-2008 10:34 PM

That is a really nice toy. In fact my four year old grandson, looking at the posting with me, said it was a really cool thing.

thanks for sharing

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 01-31-2008 10:38 PM

are you kidding me? what do I think It’s AMAZING.
a 2×4.. sheesh…... and the label – awesome!!
love those wheels.
Dang, this is sweet.
And the voting just became even more difficult…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 02-01-2008 12:17 AM

another beauty !! you should win a award !

welcome to lj’s

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#11 posted 02-01-2008 02:27 AM

A very nice project! Good job!
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#12 posted 02-01-2008 02:54 AM

That is so cool. Good job. My hat is off to you sir.

Welcome to LJs,

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#13 posted 02-01-2008 04:00 AM

I really like how the knots and grain pattern in the side boards are to scale.

Exceptionally nice!

-- The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle

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#14 posted 02-01-2008 04:17 AM

Thats awesome!!! I want one!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 02-01-2008 10:16 PM

That is really very good work.

-- Jiri

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