No wood, improvise

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Project by hunter71 posted 01-20-2012 03:47 AM 3497 views 3 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Afghanistan does not provide me with much wood to work with. I ship all my stock via USPS from home already planed. Toward the end of my last tour I was out of about everything. Still needing to fulfill my desire to build I went to where all of us go from time to time, the junk pile. Embassy Maintenance has a scrap pile that receives everything. I found several pieces of cabinet grade plywood and the idea hit me. A flat piece of plywood has absolutely no character, so thinking of what “end grain” might look like I set out to make one of the most difficult trucks I have made to date. Cutting the strips on my 9” band saw seemed easy enough, Glue was used generously already, so I glued up panels. When released they proved to have a lot of places that were not quite glued and pieces fell out. Now determined, I glued them back in. Sanding proved another issue. All I have is a hand belt sander and a Proxxon orbital. Well here is the monster, finished. The 3/4 plywood base keeps the whole thing strong. Red Oak roof and rear doors. Truly one of a kind for me. Oh, the fenders are stained with some hair color I picked out of the trash, I don’t suggest using it to anyone.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 01-20-2012 03:57 AM

Now that’s what I call making do with what you have. Very nice job!

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#2 posted 01-20-2012 03:58 AM


-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#3 posted 01-20-2012 04:11 AM

What a good looking truck! Nice job !

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 01-20-2012 04:39 AM

I really like the look of this one – rustic and mobile. Great job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 01-20-2012 04:45 AM

Now thats creative. VERY VERY NICE !
A very good lesson in life, WE MAKE DO WITH WHAT WE HAVE.
I also appreciate your comment at bottom ” A childs smile is payment enough”

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 01-20-2012 04:53 AM

Wonderful, well done

-- Norman

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#7 posted 01-20-2012 04:55 AM


-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 01-20-2012 06:00 AM

Very nice design and creative use of materials.

Can you tell me how big it is?

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#9 posted 01-20-2012 07:30 AM

Very cool van so neat

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 01-20-2012 07:41 AM

Very impressive.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#11 posted 01-20-2012 07:49 AM

Neat – great way to keep entertained and use random scraps!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#12 posted 01-20-2012 09:01 AM

I really need to quit complaining about the lack of selection at my local box store – you are the master of “making do”. Great Truck!

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#13 posted 01-20-2012 10:03 AM

great job, goes to show what determination can do. it puts my little trucks to shame

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#14 posted 01-20-2012 12:19 PM

This is a very fine example of “one mans trash is another mans treasure”. Absolutely marvelous! Well done!

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#15 posted 01-20-2012 01:04 PM

Really looks great!! Gives “panel truck” a whole new meaning!!

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