Heavy Duty Recovery Truck - Aussie Style Big Rig Tow Truck

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Project by crowie posted 02-26-2013 08:57 AM 2385 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

G’day All,
I made this heavy highway tow truck as we call them in Australia using mostly a mixture Australian hardwoods, though there are other timbers in the mix.
The design is basically my own but using a Norm Marshall truck pattern for the base of the cabin & engine, while a mate from the northern state of Queensland gave me the basic idea for the lifting rig, plus I had a few ideas on design from a few toymaking mates across the world.
The wheels were all made with holesaws.
A good 20 hours of work.
The truck is about 20” long, 6” wide & stands 8” high; it has 4 coats of clear gloss polyurethane.
So far my 2 grandsons have only managed to snap off one of the airhorns but it was easy to re-glue back in place.
This is the first posting on LumberJocks of a toy which I have made, so i hope I’ve done everything correctly.
Thanks for looking,
Cheers from On Top DownUnder, crowie

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

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 09:19 AM

Stone the Crowie, it’s a beaut. Haha.. Real nice one mate. Isn’t having grandsons every old woodworkers dream. Great fun… Cheers,

-- Rob, Victoria, Australia, ,

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 10:04 AM

Good job sir

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 11:13 AM

Nice one Crowie, I bet the grandkids have hours of fun with this one.

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 11:31 AM

Now that is a very nice toy. I know two of my grandsons would love a truck like that. Very good job!!

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 03:24 PM

Looks great

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 07:17 PM

Great job Crowe looks great

-- robert dignam

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#8 posted 02-27-2013 05:18 AM

Thanks Gents All, one thing in this household – we stomp on lizards not stone crows….lol.
Also I see I’m going to have see if me daughters can remember there high school spanish, thank you Kova.

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

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#9 posted 02-27-2013 01:07 PM

You make nice looking toys.

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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#10 posted 02-28-2013 03:10 PM

Very cool wooden toy truck! Every detail is well made and great wood combo as well as the finish. Very lucky grand sons!

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#11 posted 03-05-2013 03:14 AM

Crowie, A great looking rig. Sorry I missed it when it was first posted. Certainly look forward to seeing more.

Thanks for the comments on my daughter’s projects, she loves to make those little trucks for her cousins and some younger friends.


PS a belated welcome aboard.

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#12 posted 03-08-2013 08:57 PM

This has to be one of your best toys thus far Peter. Where are the rest of all your projects. I’m sure the folks on here would love to see your stake bed truck and your Tin Lizzies.



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#13 posted 03-10-2013 09:27 PM

G’day & Thanks Bret for the extra encouragement to get my act together and post some projects…...
Keep watching as i hope to put up a few over the next couple of days.
Cheers from the The Great South Land, crowie

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

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