Toy Concrete Truck

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Project by Ron Messersmith posted 02-24-2012 06:18 AM 3687 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This truck is a typical wood toy that I make. I initially started the truck using blueprints from an outfit out of Lynden, Washington (Toys and Joys). When a concrete truck broke down in my driveway, I was able to take many digital pictures from all angles and I duplicated most of the truck from those pictures. Almost all of the wood used was Big Leaf Maple from the Pacific Northwest. All the wood is figured, either curly or quilted.

-- Jupiter

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 06:24 AM

A great looking truck very nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 09:48 AM

Wow, you managed to make it look like the real thing while keeping the wood grains to show that it is a woodworking project. Very well done!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 11:01 AM

That is really cool, did you turn the cement bucket as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 11:46 AM

Very nice. I have used a “wash” like the red you used on a couple of tractors. I have also modified several T&J patterns, they are good to work with. Great job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 02-24-2012 11:57 AM

“a cement truck broke down in my driveway”

Now, where have I heard that before? Pretty coincidental if you ask me. (Did you ever give the plug wire back?)

Very nice ‘toy’ and it makes me wish I was a kid…. again.

Welcome to LJs!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#6 posted 02-24-2012 12:13 PM

That’s a really sharp miniature.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 02-24-2012 01:52 PM

Wow, nice one.
Good attention to detail.


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#8 posted 02-24-2012 11:43 PM

Excellent job on the truck. FYI – This truck should really be referred to as a concrete truck, not a cement truck. Many people make this same mistake, including almost every broadcaster in our area when they are describing an accident scene with one of these vehicles. Many people will just shrug and say so what, except if you are the emergency personnel responding to the scene of an accident with a concrete truck (wet sloppy mess if the drum is involved) or a cement truck situation with a very dry, very fine grained, and high pH material that can destroy engines, create a complete whiteout or be unhealthy if inhaled. So it does make a difference.

Cement is a part of concrete, as is sand (3/8” and less) and aggregate (3/8”+), water, admixtures, etc. When cement is trucked, it is usually in a “pig”, which are those enclosed cylindrical trailers that typically have snouts at the bottom. Cement is typically the most expensive component of concrete, but is actually a small percentage of the overall mix. In the US, concrete is typically sold in yards and as a “X” sack (3 sack, 4 sack, etc.) mix, with the sack being the equivalent of 94 lbs of cement. Aggregate is typically the largest percentage of any given concrete mix comprising 70% or more of the total mix with sand being the second largest percentage of any given concrete mixes. Cement by itself is not structurally sound. The water reacts with the cement which bonds the aggregates, sand, and any other components in the mix, together, eventually creating a robust stone-like material.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#9 posted 02-25-2012 01:02 AM

Great looking truck Ron. I like the contrasting colors in wood.



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#10 posted 02-25-2012 04:34 AM


Thanks for the correction. I am going to attemp to edit my posting.

Thanks again,


-- Jupiter

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#11 posted 02-22-2013 10:48 AM

That’s a top concrete truck you’ve built Ron, love the timber colouring.
Would have appreciated a whole heap more photos showing off the detail, so much time & effort is well and truly on show…..well done.
Cheers, crowie

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

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