|Project by Wood Studios||posted 03-13-2014 02:47 AM||1217 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
I made this truck for one of my grandson’s using the free plans available on Rockler’s website. The US Post Office door was purchased on eBay from a retailer that restores the doors to near perfection. Because my grandson who is only 4 years old likes mechanical things, I added an exhaust system and a gasoline tank. The tank also provides a place for the combination to the door lock. The hardwoods include cherry, black walnut, red oak and maple. I purchased the wheels, steering wheel and headlamps from Woodworks, Ltd at www.craftparts.com. The axles are anchored in the axle housing with 1/8” diameter solid brass rods that were threaded to receive a brass nut. The nut was solder to the rod so it would not come off while my “tinkering” grandson checked it out. If the axles break, the rod can be pulled from the housing and the axle or wheel can be replaced. The exhaust pipe and gasoline intake are made of solid brass tubing that I was able to bend with heat. The radiator grill was made from plastic window screen and while I was putting the finish on the truck, I noticed the screening was coming loose on the sides so I added the 1/8” thick piece of plastic to keep the screen material secured. The radiator cap is a clock part that I purchased from Klockit in Wisconsin. It took some time to build but it was a fun project.
-- I cut it three times and it's still too short!!