toy monster truck

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Project by raydawg posted 12-08-2013 04:49 PM 1728 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this toy monster truck for my littlest son a couple years ago. I got the plans from “tremendous toy trucks” authored by Les Neufeld.

the cab and bed are made from white ash and are like iron. the fenders are made from some redwood scrap. my 2 year old has thrown It from the top of our 2nd story stairs straight down on the tile and it sustained no damage. unbelievable, but true. since then he has thrown it again and the wheels have had to be reattached a couple times but I’m happy to fix it each and every time.

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#1 posted 12-08-2013 06:53 PM

While maybe not being treated with love….
I’ll bet it IS loved!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 12-08-2013 07:10 PM

I have one of those at about 90 percent complete. I cant bring myself to drill the holes for the axles or the front brush guard. Im afraid to drill the holes wrong and end up with three wheels on the ground. Its a fun build, especially cutting all of those slats in the wheel treads. I still remember my back hurting from bending over the table saw for a hour.

Looks good….

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#3 posted 12-09-2013 01:37 AM

I was unusually careful in drilling the axles and ended up with 4 tires on the ground. that being said, after 2 wheel repairs now I have only 2.5 wheels touching the ground. be sure to post your finished truck.

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#4 posted 12-09-2013 03:43 AM

Very cool! I’ll have to look up those plans.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#5 posted 12-09-2013 05:38 AM

If you look through my projects, there is a pic of it sitting there with no finish, and the wheels are not attached yet. Which is why it looks like a lowrider, but i kind of like the height. Did you notice that the length of the under carriage is wrong in the plans? I seem to remember it is too short.

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#6 posted 12-09-2013 11:55 AM

Lots of creative play here my friend.
As for the plans, yes, there are problems, but minor. I only used the book for new ideas and do my own thing.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 12-09-2013 02:09 PM

Nice job! Great looking truck. I have one about halfway done on the bench. I set it aside to build my almost 3 year old his own woodworking bench for Christmas.

-- -Brian, a.k.a. "ConstructionBoss" -

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#8 posted 12-09-2013 03:50 PM

Great job. I have been reading through this book. How did you wind up making the grooves in the tires?

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#9 posted 12-10-2013 04:30 PM

I made the grooves on the tires on the scroll saw and with a dremel tool.

at the time I had limited tools and cutting the white ash on the used harbor freight 3 wheel bandsaw was just too much for it. it actually killed the hf bandsaw. i laugh about it now, but a week before Christmas I was spitting nails that I might not have been able to finish. I had to cut the bed and tailgate pieces on a buddy’s saw.

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#10 posted 05-14-2015 10:33 AM

Very Nice ! Great looking truck. I like it. Good job.

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