I’m getting back into woodworking after a 6 month hiatus due to a deployment. One of the first things I found when surfing the interwebs for project ideas was this ToyMakingPlans.com’s Mega Coal truck, which to me looks about like a Tonka Truck. I built this for my Godson. It is made of various thickness of poplar purchased from the Orange Big Bix store. There is some 1/4” ply used for trim.
The build was pretty straight forward. The most difficult part for me was making the wheels. I had seen some videos on Youtube on how to cut perfect circles with a table saw. I had seen two separate ways, one bing with a sled, and the other being with very slowly and carefully raising the blade up at the highest point and rotating the piece of wood on a point until it broke free. I had my first incident of kick-back doing this, and I didn’t bother with attempting it again. I bought a 5” hole saw and the drill bits with it. That was $60. I dragged my feet for weeks with this purchase and finally reasoned that it was better and safer than most other ways i entertained.
After I cut out the wheels with the hole saw, it required an awful lot of sanding. One of the tips given on the toymakingplans plans was to use a disk sander to make these wheels. I was trying to avoid a huge dusty mess, but in the end, the best 5” tires were the ones I made with the sander.
I made templates for all of these pieces and I will build a second one shortly. I used a water based spray on urethane. I have the third coat on and drying right now.
My cousin loves the pictures and knows her son will love it! I’m pretty sure he’ll like it too!
I hope to start building some furniture here shortly.