|Project by Lukas||posted 06-20-2012 11:27 AM||4321 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
I started a business with handmade toys with my wife about a year and a half ago. I made the wood toys (surprise) and my wife made stuffed animals.
This one is the dump truck, made completely from poplar. I used to finish the toys in shellac but eventually stopped it and left them unfinished due to testing requirements (lead content etc).
The bed dumps and the tailgate moves as seen in the pictures. The axle right behind the cabin can be lifted for empty runs and lowered for loaded driving. The driver is a pre-made wood figure, I don’t have a lathe.
The design is my own, made in Adobe Illustrator, then converted to G-code for the CNC router and cut on the router. The CNC cut parts were then assembled and sanded by hand. The CNC router is my own construction as well but that’s a different story.
Btw the business failed, customers loved the toys but were not willing to purchase them over cheap plastic stuff that lights up and talks. Seems like we didn’t have the marketing funds to reach the right audience. Better luck with the next business.