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I built two of these as gifts this Christmas 2012. One cart is painted red/black and the other in yellow/black. They were built from kits I found through Rockler wood working. When I ordered the kits they were sent to an address in another state which otherwise matched my own address. I had to pay postage twice in order to get the kits I bought. The company would not send them otherwise.
I followed the plans provided exactly. I found much of the layout and details difficult to interpret. All the wooden pieces are of White Oak and finished in enamel paint. These toys will be used, left in the rain and hopefully enjoyed for several years.
Once all the wooden pieces were made and the holes pre-drilled, I discovered they did not exactly fit. Some pieces did not even come close to fitting. I had to improvise solutions to make it all work as it should. It appears that no one checked the plan details before creating the kits. The hardware items in the kits were good quality and complete. I think the recipients will enjoy the Mail Carts, and I will never buy those kits again.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."





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grizzman

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#1 posted 562 days ago

you will fer sure get some good gas mileage on this…maybe ad a side car and ill go along and read ya a story…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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TopamaxSurvivor

14612 posts in 2279 days


#2 posted 562 days ago

Looks great. Bet it gets better mileage than the El Camino ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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peteg

2822 posts in 1426 days


#3 posted 562 days ago

Hey Terry join the ranks of us who have bought “on line”, man it can be a real sort out at times, but they always seem to work out one way or another in the finish,
Main thing is, this gear looks like it will the trashed (as intended) for years to come.
nice one mate :)
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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nitewalker41

378 posts in 1295 days


#4 posted 561 days ago

Your patience paid off, just like the El Camino in the background, take whatever it takes to finish, nice looking carts:-)

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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helluvawreck

15439 posts in 1469 days


#5 posted 561 days ago

They look real nice and it look like a fun project to build.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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jack1

1907 posts in 2630 days


#6 posted 561 days ago

Nice project. Rockler can be a pain.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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stefang

12596 posts in 1937 days


#7 posted 561 days ago

Great for the kids. You did a amazing job on these in spite of the problems you encountered.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 560 days ago

Nice toy.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Roz

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#9 posted 560 days ago

You guys make me laugh! Yeah, it gets better milage than the El Camino but it not nearly as much fun to drive.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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