|Project by Bearpaw||posted 01-15-2012 12:09 AM||1607 views||9 times favorited||10 comments|
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