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Project by hunter71 posted 387 days ago 1088 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been 80+ days since I arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan and I have only one small project to show for my time here. Problem is I have no tools. I had hoped I could secure some here but to date that hasn’t happened. I did bring a bag of matchsticks, tube of white glue and a razor cutter with no idea what I would build. The base is just a block of plywood. The wheels are cut with an electricians hole saw from a pallet. The treads were turned with a battery drill and a hack saw blade. The wheel attachment is not wood, but 1/4” drive anchors. Multi angles accented the build I thought. My plan is to add mirrors but I have decided to wait till ti is home due to shipping it. For a finish I was stuck and almost did not apply any. Then I came across a spray can of clear industrial finish. Hay it worked good and made the whole thing shine slightly. The coin is a Pakistan aluminum coin with a 2013 date. Another coin will be the steering wheel when I can get some CA glue.
A tough build to say the least. I am heading home for R&R next week and will bring back some tools to make life better. Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.





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woodshaver

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#1 posted 387 days ago

Hi Doug!
Good to hear from you! It’s nice that you found a way to keep busy. That little truck looks great too! Match sticks! LOL! Who needs tools when your this creative! Nice job, but I know your would rather have your tools and make your usual master pieces! Have a safe tripe back!

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

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grizzman

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#2 posted 387 days ago

gee doug, no steering wheel, no lights, where is the seat….i dont know if the pakistan model will be approved for lumberjocks…lol..it really loos good, you always find a way to make something, and its a mighty fine job…maybe one of these days you will be able to come home to stay…

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

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vipond33

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#3 posted 387 days ago

You’re a resourceful guy for sure but the matching diamonds are a real beauty.
When you gotta build you gotta build. This is a nice build. Cool bumper.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 387 days ago

Nice work with the matchsticks. The truck has that authentic look. Bumpers, grill, fenders, really great. Little more work and it would move by itself. LOL Take care.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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crowie

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#5 posted 387 days ago

G’Day Doug,
What a great effort; imagination and what was available top marks.
Strange though that you weren’t able to get hand tools locally, I can remember a time when most “cheapie” tools came from Pakistan & India.
Have a safe trip home and enjoy the relax with family & friends.

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

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Dutchy

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#6 posted 387 days ago

Again a ncie car Doug. even though you have little tool. I always think I need more tools. You show me that I.m wrong. How long do you have to stay in Pakistan?

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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Roger

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#7 posted 386 days ago

A nicely built truck. Keep on Truckin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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ToddHolmDotCom

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#8 posted 386 days ago

We improvise, we adapt, we overcome, we work wood. Nice job.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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wiswood2

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#9 posted 386 days ago

Great job Doug, Stay safe.
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 386 days ago

Now this is really nice. It’s a wonderful conversation piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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mtenterprises

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#11 posted 386 days ago

Nice job! Back in the mid 60s my mom used to make crosses from burnt matches.
MIKE

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EMVarona

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#12 posted 386 days ago

Very nice, considering the limited resources available in Pakistan.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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ralbuck

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#13 posted 385 days ago

Very Nea!

-- just rjR

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ldl

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#14 posted 379 days ago

Great job Doug. Even as small as it is that’s a lotta matches. Hope you didn’t have to carve the sticks. Haaa Haaa. What did you use for glue as you indicated you didn’t have any ca glue which I figured you would have used.

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

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hunter71

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#15 posted 379 days ago

I bought the matchsticks from http://matchitecture.com
I had bought a kit from them and built the London Bridge. I hated the build, just not my thing I guess. They use a white glue and I had also ordered another bottle of it. I prefer to make my own designs and this is one of them. Matchsticks are good to have around the shop for kids that come by and want to build something quick and easy. I have a friend who brings his daughter over and she makes all kind of hanging things for her room. Paints them up with those little water base tubes of $.99 paints from Wal-mart.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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