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Project by woodcut posted 09-07-2012 02:25 AM 4600 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a pic of a cool toy dump truck a while ago and thought I would make one out of scraps….. It’s 11 inches tall by 12 inches wide and 22 inches long.
The ladder is made of butternut, the cab is cherry and the frame and bucket are maple… I also turned the axles from maple. The radiator ‘grill’ is just some lengths of brass rod.
Each wheel is made from two pieces of 1 inch thick walnut 5 inches in diameter (that’s 12 pieces total !) I cut each one out of a slab with my jigsaw (don’t have a bandsaw) and fabbed a jig to true them with my spindle sander, then cut the tread with an indexing jig on the table saw. I saw this tread cutting method in Les Neufeld’s book Tremendous Toy Trucks.
I know that my next toy truck will be smaller and I’ll most likely buy the wheels !

-- Carl, Iowa





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woodshaver

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 02:39 AM

When I was a kid I begged my parents for a dump truck like yours but it was a yellow metal one and didn’t look as nice as yours. I think it was a Tonka toy. Well after waiting for a long time they got me the truck. I played with it all day in the dirt, I had a ball with it. Then like all kids sometimes do I left it outside and the next day it was gone never to be seen again. To this day I still feel the loss.
But when I see people post a dump truck the joy comes back. There is something about a dump truck that makes me happy so Thanks for posting your terrific looking dump truck!
Tony

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

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Kopac

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 02:39 AM

That is an example of an awesome well made toy which is hard to find these days. Great job!

-- - AndrewKopac.com -

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socrbent

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 03:17 AM

Well done! Whether it is played with hard or saved as a family heirloom this dump truck is surely worthy of your efforts.

-- socrbent Ohio

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Hawaiilad

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 03:45 AM

A very nice build on the dump truck. I am having fun these days making toys as gifts for the Grandkids. When I started, I was going to save them for Christmas gifts, but I think they would like to play with them now…so in the mail they went. Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 08:37 AM

Great Job looks really nice. I love making these types of toys.

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

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chrisstef

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#6 posted 09-07-2012 08:42 AM

I think i might like getting into making toys. I remember that same yellow tonka truck loaded up with rocks screaming down my grandparents driveway an off the old stone retaining wall. Those were the days. Id love to have a few of these for my son when hes big enough to give a good beatin.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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hunter71

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#7 posted 09-07-2012 11:03 AM

Looks tough enough for any little boy to drive. Great job Carl.
I have a 6 year old that loves to “look” at my trucks. Mine are not for playing. This just might be something I could make for him for Christmas.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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jschmitz1949

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#8 posted 09-07-2012 02:25 PM

I had the Tonka version of this that woodshaver mentioned in his post. I loved that truck and the front end loader to go along with it. I still have them, and in fact, a few years ago my dad sandblasted, painted, replaced the plastic windows, and detailed them for me. Now my daughter will never get to play with them – I think I’ll have to make her a wood one to play with in the house instead.

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bj383ss

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#9 posted 09-07-2012 02:33 PM

Great Looking Truck Carl. I think your wheels look awesome! Your finish also came out great. This toy is a thousand times better than any cheap made in China dump truck you could buy at the store.

Bret

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steamfab

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#10 posted 09-07-2012 08:20 PM

This should serve the kids well! I like it a lot !!!
Durable built and fantastic design.

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#11 posted 09-08-2012 10:49 AM

That is so cool. Great job !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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woodcut

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#12 posted 09-08-2012 07:40 PM

Thanks everyone!

-- Carl, Iowa

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BillWerst

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#13 posted 10-09-2012 02:38 PM

I bookmarked this several weeks ago and keep coming back to look at it.

What or how did you go about plans? I’m very interested in building something very similar for my nephew, but would prefer to save 3-6+ hours working out the design.

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woodworm

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#14 posted 11-01-2012 05:00 AM

Cool & lovely project, I like it!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#15 posted 02-11-2013 08:01 AM

G’Day Carl,
That’s surely one impressive truck and you did without plans, superb workmanship indeed.
Cheers, crowie

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

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