Fire Truck

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Project by exelectrician posted 01-28-2014 07:29 AM 1495 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a lot of fun building the jigs needed to get this project done, I needed a lathe to do the hose reel so I improvised with an adaption to my slot mortiser (last picture) got it done on the third try! Also the ladders were quite the challenge. The hose reel is modified to turn on axles in this version.
Credit to Jim Makowicki and his book, Making Heirloom Toys, for the accurate plans and great photos to get me through this project.
Body by: Paduk ladder by: Cherry other parts Maple and Ash, used pearl stud mount buttons for the headlights and the studs for the pump gauges, from Hobby Lobby.
My Grandson in South Africa will be receiving this next month.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#1 posted 01-28-2014 08:25 AM

I like the woods you chose for the truck!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 01:39 PM

It looks awesome, the different types of woods complement each other perfectly, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 02:09 PM

Great work with detail and wood variety. Nice job with the lathe set up.

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

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#4 posted 01-28-2014 02:11 PM

This is a great little miniature fire engine. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#5 posted 01-28-2014 03:03 PM

Very lovely work the color contrasts really sets it off. I am sure your grandson will be very pleased. How about more information and photos on your ‘lathe’? I think I could use something like that for a couple of my smaller projects.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 01-28-2014 04:53 PM

fireturkc looks great…love your improvised lathe…

-- Every bad idea is born in moms garage.

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#7 posted 01-28-2014 06:11 PM

great looking fire truck. I’m sure your grandson will love it.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 01-28-2014 06:46 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys.
@ Northwest and djc4990 I will post a video and blog in the near future on my “lathe”

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 01-28-2014 09:42 PM

Thanks I will look for it -

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#10 posted 01-29-2014 11:53 AM

Nice job, I am sure he will love it.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 01-29-2014 05:18 PM

Beautiful truck,nicely finished.Good choice of wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 01-30-2014 06:38 PM

Beautiful !
It looks great!

-- Bill

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#13 posted 02-02-2014 03:42 AM

I’d love to make one of these for my son but I’m afraid five minutes after he takes it it’ll be beaten all to hell.

And amazing work by the way ;)

-- Dustin | Digital Creator by Trade - Woodworker by Choice! -

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#14 posted 02-04-2014 04:27 AM

@Dustin, good luck with your build, as promised, pictures of a few things I changed.

I glued the wheels into the tapered blocks then screwed (no glue) the blocks to the chassis. Also the two screws off to one side hold the ladder block to the chassis, for future repair if needed.

The ladder block close up.

Two tiny pegs hold the ladder in place so when Johnny pushes the truck the ladder won’t slew side to side.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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