A Dump Truck Adventure #5: Cab components

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Blog entry by George_SA posted 01-14-2018 07:19 PM 854 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Cab floor and firewall

Drilling the hole for the steering wheel at a 60 deg angle

Steering Wheel

Although the 60 deg angle for the steering wheel looked ok on my SketchUp plan, but a 45 deg Angle looked better in real life. I just reamed the hole a bit. As an after thought I also installed a dash.

The seat

The back wall

I discovered an easy way to cut pieces to a specific length on my sled.
I set the length with my square

And then use the square as a setup guide for the cut on the sled

Results in a perfect cut to length. I always measured the length and marked it wit a marking knife and the lined the mark with the saw blade. Takes a lot more time and some are missed (too long ok then sand or cut again, but too short = cut another piece) This method is much quicker and the success rate is MUCH higher.

This another of my head slapping DUH moments. WHY didn’t I think about this earlier??

Cab roof with a sanding template

After sanding

The cab doors

I found that a drill bit also doubles as a small diameter drum sander to clean up the corners.

The finished doors. The cutouts on the doors didn’t turn out as neat as I would like, but will have to do for this project. (Toys are a bit more forgiving than models) I still have a way to go to get to the standard of Dutchy and Bruce. This truck just reminds me yet again that I realy need to make a scroll saw. I have already drawn a plan in SketchUp. I just need to start with making it. (I don’t even consider buying a scroll saw as commercial scroll saws are WAY OVER MY BUDGET! )

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#1 posted 01-15-2018 12:34 AM

George_SA Thanks for starting your blog and love your many tips and ideas, that Square tip is priceless as I have a hard time getting down close to the table saw to see my measurements.
There are a hundred ways to get the parts made and any one of us can’t come up with all the methods needed to get it done safe and as easy as possible but by showing how you solved a problem may be just the tip we need to get er done, great blog and work!!!

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