Because my son was as interested as he was in the toy truck that I made my Godson, my wife suggested that I build him one. This time, I decided to paint it up like a Tonka Truck.
You would have thought that this one would have gone together effortlessly, but that was far from the case. I made many, many mistakes, some due to rushing, others due to just not paying attention.
I decided to tweak the initial design slightly, adding some “gas caps” and air tank, and a back bumper with stop lights.
This is made out of the same poplar and birch ply as last time. If you ask me, this looks good, but I like the natural finish look better. I have purchased off of eBay some real Tonka Truck decals to affix to the outside.
I used Ace Hardware Spray paint, and truthfully, I should have used a much higher quality spray paint. It has rubbed down to the primer in some areas already, and the primer bled through in some spots, and not in others, and not uniformly.
You can see some of the cosmetic differences between the first one and this one in the last picture.
This is a project that I’m just glad is over. It didn’t go very smoothly for some reason this second time.
I have given my Godson the choice between the two. Secretly, I hope he takes the yellow one so my son can have the natural one!