"back to shop" project - little toy truck

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Project by moshel posted 05-26-2011 12:35 PM 1593 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i have ALMOST finished sorting out my shop. I have heating, most of the junk is off the floor, most of the timber is on racks. to celebrate my ability to move around the shop again, i made this little truck for my 4yo son.
its made from offcuts left by the builders mostly (some cedar and pine) and some oak offcuts from recycled pallet support that a friend game me (Americans are weird – using premium oak to support lawnmowers???? its 5×3” beam, over 3m long!).

the tilt dump is made like a box (was experiment for a bigger box i made for this friend that I will post in a few days). the wheels were made using hole saw from oak. the “axles” were the most complex things, as you can’t get here readymade axle pegs and i don’t have a lathe anymore (and even if I had one, its a bit complex making them consistent). what I did was to cut plugs with a plug cutter and drill a hole in them and glue a dowel to create a peg. a bit tiresome but not too bad. I actually made it the other way around (drilled holes and cut them out) but i think i’ll try it the other way around next time.

all in all, fun fun fun

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#1 posted 05-26-2011 01:23 PM

Fun! I like that the back of it dumps. So, what did you son think?

I think making the axle pegs they way you did it is the best way – drill holes first, then cut with the plug cutter. In any case, it seems to have worked out quite nicely.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 05-26-2011 02:42 PM

thanks for sharing.

-- Brazjuca guarapari Brasil. All worth it when the soul is not small. (Fernando Pessoa)

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#3 posted 05-26-2011 09:42 PM

Cool truck! I can see it will be very useful for carting stuff across the lounge. How did you make the hood/bonnet?

-- Dave, Christchurch NZ

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#4 posted 05-26-2011 10:21 PM

I am sure he loves it… looks like a lot of fun… glad you are getting the new shop in some sort of shape…It was a little unorganised when I visited …but that is to be expected… will drop by next time I am in NZ…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 05-27-2011 12:20 AM

my son loves it, however one of the wheels sometimes is off the ground (we have tiles – would have worked well on carpets!) so it got him a little upset. fixed it with a rubber band around the wheel.

The hood is just cut with BS and sanded – nothing fancy about this project other than the dumper, which is mitred with inserted base, like a box.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#6 posted 05-29-2011 01:44 AM

nice truck moshel

he’ll be driving the real thing
soon enough

and will do things for you then

good about the shop

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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