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Project by romansfivefive posted 04-27-2008 05:56 PM 1621 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have worked with young children my whole life. In my last job I was an early literacy speciaist. I came up with this idea for helping young boys get more excited about spelling and reading. The truck is pretty basic. I just laminated some construction grade spruce together, what makes this truck neat is the magnetic sheet on the flat bed.

This sheet is the type of stuff you buy to use with your computer’s printer to print out fridge magnets. I glue the sheet to the flat bed and use magnetic letters that I bought at a dollar store to play a game. I leave the letters stuck to things around the house, the kids drive around and collect the letters, stick them to the flatbed to form words. It is like making word deliveries. It is fun.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#1 posted 04-27-2008 06:38 PM

What a great idea. I think I’ll try it for the grandkids.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 04-27-2008 07:55 PM

what a novel method. I like it; simple and fun.

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#3 posted 04-27-2008 08:02 PM

That is a wonderful idea. It gets children involved in the learning process and lets them be active at the same time. Very novel idea.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-27-2008 10:03 PM

Looks simple but it certainly is not so simple as it looks like. Could be good inspiration.
Thanks for this post.

-- Jiri

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#5 posted 04-27-2008 10:17 PM

Great idea… anything that will get the kids to learn without knowing it, but still having fun is always a welcome idea.

“A tip of the hat to you sir”

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 04-28-2008 12:51 AM

What a wonderful story. I applaud what you’ve done here. Excellent idea.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 04-28-2008 01:33 AM

I started with the magnetic sheet measurements as a guide for the flat bed. The sheets are 8.5 inches X12 inches. I made the flat bed 4X8.5 so I could make 3 trucks. The flat bed is 1/4 inch birch plywood. The cab is two pieces of 2×4 that I cut and glued together. The bottom was 3.5 X 1.5 X 3 and the top piece was 3.5 X 1.5 X 3 with a 45degree cut taken out ofthe top corner. I am guessing that if you had a 4X4, you could skip the gluing process. |The frame for the bed and cab is 2X4 that I ripped in half to end up with 1.5 X 1.5 X 11. The front grill was 1/8th birch plywood 3.5 X 3.5. The fuel tanks were 2 inch pieces of an old mop handle that I rounded over. ( I am guessing my wife won’t miss it). I sanded a flat spot on one side to make it easier to glue. The wheels are common 2 inch round wheels with dowels for axels and birch caps to keep them on. My original plan was to make two back axles, but because I made 3 trucks for my wife to use at school, I didnt have enough wheels. In the interest of keeping them the same, I went for a single axle. I resisted adding too many details and embelishments because I was aiming for durability over flair. Just make sure you round all edges. I am going to let my kids decorate them with crayola markers then I will give them a coat of nontoxic eurathane.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#8 posted 04-28-2008 08:57 PM

what a great ideas!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 05-05-2008 02:30 AM

Very cool idea..heck even little girls like my 3 year old would like to play with this.

-- Rich, Madison WI

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