One Square Foot Truck, Challenge-15

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Project by hunter71 posted 03-03-2013 at 04:09 AM 1935 views 3 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I took the challenge to make something from 1 board foot of lumber. Since most of my projects are about trucks and equipment I thought that a simple truck of my own design would be appropriate.
I started with a block of Poplar that was 12×12x1 after sizing it with a plainer and table saw. I knew that layout would be critical so I made plastic templets to place on the block before any cuts were made. I figured that using layering of wheels, sides, top and bottom would allow me to squeeze a panel truck from the wood. I re-sawed the block on my table saw and band saw to mostly 1/4” Other thicknesses were necessary, like the wheels so they had to come off the end first. The dowels were something I had not made before but with some L/J tutiorial on making dowels I turned out a couple that allowed the wheels to turn freely. I chose Poplar for ease of working, and I had a piece the right size. The stain is Merlot for accents and the wheels are the black latex stain I use for all my wheels. Titebond II holds the whole thing together. Spray on poly was the final coating. Oh, the last picture was what was leftover.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 03-03-2013 at 04:22 AM

very nice at any size!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 03-03-2013 at 04:46 AM

I think you should do more work of your own design’s This is a little gem of a truck!
Nice work Doug!

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

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#3 posted 03-03-2013 at 05:10 AM

Beautifull toy

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 03-03-2013 at 05:13 AM

That is a truly beautiful piece, well don

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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#5 posted 03-03-2013 at 05:36 AM

It’s a beauty!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#6 posted 03-03-2013 at 05:39 AM

hey doug, this is one very nice truck..a cool challenge done by yourself, you should send ua a picture of your collection, that would fantastic..grizz

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

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#7 posted 03-03-2013 at 05:53 AM

One o the finest Ford trucks I’ve seen…......... whoops, I mean Foot truck

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 03-03-2013 at 05:56 AM

That is a very nice truck Doug! You did a great job capturing its elegance.

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#9 posted 03-03-2013 at 06:22 AM

Again a beautiful piece

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#10 posted 03-03-2013 at 06:46 AM

Doug that is some good planning. Neat truck. You still got enough left to build another something or other.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#11 posted 03-03-2013 at 06:47 AM

Very nice!! Great design and build.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#12 posted 03-03-2013 at 07:19 AM

that a great looking truck and a very interesting story, all from 1 bf of poplar.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 03-03-2013 at 07:48 AM

Great truck and some clever working out. It is surprising what you can make from such a small amount of wood

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#14 posted 03-03-2013 at 07:54 AM

Great design and implementation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#15 posted 03-03-2013 at 08:26 AM

As a TOY MAKER, myself, I have only one word———-


Would appreciate the pattern posted; and I am sure most of the rest of us will also.

-- just rjR

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