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Ed Weber
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Aug 11th, 2021 at 6:48pm
 
Well, I didn't

I hate to say it but it's not really worth my time to turn wheels unless the project warrants it, this one doesn't.
I thought I'd make a little lumber truck for my redwood guy.
The whole truck is redwood with a few notable exceptions. Wheels, stacks, lights and rivets.
I never even attempted to make a toy truck before, I can say I learned a bit. I basically started with a piece for the frame and said "this looks like it'll work". Then a hood and again, this should work. This is how the whole build went, not a method I advocate using. It started to have a hodge-podge feel to it but I think at the end of the day, it's passable as a truck.
I did make it to scale, so the lumber (4x4's and 4x6's) is correctly proportioned to the truck.

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Reply #1 - Aug 11th, 2021 at 6:50pm
 
All this to ask if you guys/girls bother with small items like this if it's not critical to the piece as a whole.
For this project, it's a truck made of redwood for a redwood guy, not about the wheels.
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Reply #2 - Aug 11th, 2021 at 6:56pm
 
Nice Truck, Iíve made very few wheels for the toys Iíve made but when I have itís been Cherry,Walnut or Cedar for a special fit.
BTW- headlights like yours are best drilled out before cutting the shape but I bet thatís what you did.
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Reply #3 - Aug 11th, 2021 at 7:40pm
 
Speaking of Wheels, recently I read of a guy that bought Lego Tires which would be the black outer of the tire and he turns the center to make a darn attractive rimed wheel for a toy.
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Reply #4 - Aug 11th, 2021 at 7:40pm
 
I drilled into the fender, the light is a straight section of dowel
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Reply #5 - Aug 12th, 2021 at 7:47am
 
I like the grain pattern on the windshield!† Thumbs Up
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Reply #6 - Aug 12th, 2021 at 9:10am
 
Buck Nemitt wrote on Aug 11th, 2021 at 7:40pm:
Speaking of Wheels, recently I read of a guy that bought Lego Tires which would be the black outer of the tire and he turns the center to make a darn attractive rimed wheel for a toy.


I thought about making them more realistic by painting or staining but with this little gem I think they would stick out like a sore thumb. On the right project I think that would look great.

Robert Fischer wrote on Aug 12th, 2021 at 7:47am:
I like the grain pattern on the windshield! 

That part came out nice I think, something I'll try to incorporate into the next little vehicle.

The next one I make, I won't be limited to only redwood, which is not even close to the best species for this type of project.

An ideas on banding for the lumber? Thin flat wire of some kind
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Reply #7 - Aug 12th, 2021 at 9:27am
 
Cute truck toy. Smiley



How much is that truckload of Redwood currently worth?? Shocked
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Reply #8 - Aug 12th, 2021 at 9:32am
 
"An ideas on banding for the lumber? Thin flat wire of some kind"

How about twisty ties?

Plus you then need the take up ratcheting wheels on the side of the flatbed for the strapping to wrap around to tighten them down.

No rear stop lights? Shocked

...and without a front grill for the radiator, the engine is going to overheat!! Grin
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Reply #9 - Aug 12th, 2021 at 9:56am
 
That is a nice job Ed. Especially for working without plans.

Attached is a picture of one I did a while back from a set of plans bought on the Grizzly web site. The wheels, lights and steering wheel were bought, an "accessory" kit to the plans. Every thing else was hand made. The purchased parts, in my opinion, were not worth the effort to hand make them.

The project was done just as a fun project.
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Reply #10 - Aug 12th, 2021 at 10:54am
 

Ralph Fahringer wrote on Aug 12th, 2021 at 9:27am:
How much is that truckload of Redwood currently worth??


Let me do the math
4x4x8'   PREMIUM Redwood POST $26.80 ea.
54 on truck = $1,447.20

It is 1:18 scale so, divided by 18 and it's $80.40  Roll Eyes
I don't have a price on the 4x6's, might as well just double it.

I like the little truck Robert  Thumbs Up
Is that supposed to be a Model A Ford?

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Reply #11 - Aug 12th, 2021 at 4:43pm
 
Craft wire is what they call it, available at Wal Mart, Jo Ann Fabric and such. I used it for rigging on a Trawler build .
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Reply #12 - Aug 12th, 2021 at 5:14pm
 
[quote author=734153545344360 link=1628725683/10#10 date=1628783650]Is that supposed to be a Model A Ford?/quote]

1928 Chevrolet. After the picture was taken I added a bowtie to the radiator shroud.
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Reply #13 - Aug 12th, 2021 at 7:16pm
 
Robert Hayward wrote on Aug 12th, 2021 at 5:14pm:
1928 Chevrolet. After the picture was taken I added a bowtie to the radiator shroud.


I like it.

Ralph I'm not sure the truck is complete yet, I haven't even wiped it down or blown it off yet. I keep thinking of things I can add without too much fuss. One of which was a grille or at least a radiator cap/hood ornament so it doesn't look like too much of a block. (it may be too late)

I have some thin wire I can use, thanks for the suggestions.
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Reply #14 - Feb 27th, 2023 at 2:05pm
 
Recently we've been talking about lasers and how we can use them to sign and otherwise embellish our work.
This little ugly truck has been sitting on the shelf since I started this thread. I wasn't happy with it, so I though I would wait until "something" told me what to do with it.
I decided to try and burn the intended recipients company name and logo on it. Hoping it would break up the heaviness of the toy and turn it into a bit more of a novity.
I borrowed their logo from their website and set to work.
Personally, I think it's a huge improvement. I still have some other tweaks to do but at least I'll admit I made it.  Grin
Thanks for looking
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