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Mega Coal Mine Truck (wooden Tonka Truck)

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Project by Scott Shea posted 393 days ago 1775 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!





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crowie

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#1 posted 393 days ago

G’Day Scott,
Good to hear your home safe and sound, getting back into some fun and relaxation.
What a ripper mining dump truck, looks strong and ready for a whole heap of play.
Well done…..

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

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Arnies

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#2 posted 393 days ago

Great looking truck. Good to hear you made it back safely. THanks for your service.

-- arnies

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aussiedave

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#3 posted 393 days ago

Great coal truck Scott….now all you need is a pile of yellow sand…:)

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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woodshaver

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#4 posted 393 days ago

Great Scott! You have built a super nice looking truck! That little boy is going to be very happy playing with it!

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

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 393 days ago

Like the truck your projects have been innovative and functional. I’m sure he will love it! Looking forward to your furniture. :>)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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hunter71

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#6 posted 392 days ago

Hay, great truck man.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Surfside

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#7 posted 391 days ago

That is just an excellent piecesof design and workmanship!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#8 posted 390 days ago

Cool and good looking toy! I’m sure the kid will love it and get lots of fun playing with it. Well done!

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KOVA

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#9 posted 390 days ago

*EXCELENTE MÁQUINA SCOTT!!!!!!

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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KOVA

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#10 posted 390 days ago

EXCELENTE MÁQUINA SCOTT!!!!!!
MUY BUENOS CORTES Y CARPINTERÍA!!!!!
SI TE INTERESA, ÉSTE ES EL MEJOR SITIO DE PLANES
DE JUGUETES DE MADERA:
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-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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