A new fleet of trucks.

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Project by Bearpaw posted 01-15-2012 12:09 AM 2316 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a three year old grandson that lives in Canada and a new grandson born December 16th. So I built them a new truck. These are the first toys I have built for any of my grandson’s. I just have to figure out what to build for my oldest one. He would like a real truck.
The plans are from Wood Magazine and are very easy to work with. They did come out with a correction that the patterns were incorrect. You need to copy and reduce to 92%.
There are a couple of tricks that I learned in doing this project. I used a Dowel-it jig to locate the holes for the axles and the lights. They were centered on the part and the center line makes it easy to align with the opposite side. There is not a bushing large enough for the axle hole, but you are able to drill a pilot hole and then enlarge to the correct size. There is a 1/4” bushing for the lights. I attached a drill stop for the depth.
When you make the fenders attach them to each other with double face tape to do your finish sanding. Keep them together to put the chamfer on them. This keeps you from making a mistake and ending up with two left fenders, like I did the first time. I did this on all matching parts.
When I attached the dump body end to the pivot arm, I glued them together and then finished them. I covered the area where the wood glue areas with masking tape. I used epoxy glue to attach the two parts. By having the ends now glued together, It was easier to glue the plastic body on. Attach one end with the open side of the dump body facing down and the part will automatically align and then glue in the other one.
This was a fun project and look forward to doing more.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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Ryan Haasen

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#1 posted 01-15-2012 02:39 AM

Nice work!

-- Ryan

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 04:20 AM

A pair of great looking trucks ,I bet the grand kids love those.

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 02:37 PM

I like you work, that awesome.

-- What I can do with a piece of wood and mine or your imagination.

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#4 posted 01-15-2012 07:47 PM

John…....You beat me to it….!!!! :)

I’m just finishing off that very same project and yes, I noticed that the patterns were off too but was able to modify without too much trouble.

I’ve also just about completed the flat bed project…I have to go to Stockade and get some wheels and stuff to finish it off….

I’ll post pictures when all complete….I’ve also finished a grader from the wood magazine and it fits perfect on the flatbed!

End results will be the same…...enjoyable wood project and our grandkids will get them!!


-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#5 posted 01-15-2012 09:45 PM

I’v been working on the same projects too. have the flat bed (that I modified) ready for finish and wheels and the tractor (that I also modified) almost there and I’ll post pics when completed.
You will have to build them the track hoe, dozer and the skid steer that’s next.

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 12:28 AM

We’ll have a whole fleet in no time!! :)

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#7 posted 01-16-2012 03:57 AM

Making trucks for grandchildren is a work of love. Great job Pa-Pa

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Kent Shepherd

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 04:32 PM

Looks like a fun project. They are nice!

I’ll keep this in mind when my 3 month old grandson gets a little older



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#9 posted 01-24-2012 07:53 AM

Is that wood or ? used for the dump box ? it kinda looks like pvc pipe cut in half. Cool trucks, Nice work !
I am starting on a semi & a grader for my next project.

-- I Live for Sawdust Flying ! Randy- Lacombe, Alberta

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#10 posted 02-24-2013 10:45 AM

You’ve certainly done a top job on the trucks & tipper trailers for the grandsons….
You’ve now started on the road of toymaking beaut toys for the grandchildren and oh, what fun, well done.
Cheers from On Top DownUnder, crowie

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

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