An adventure in making toys - Old Time Farm Truck #2: Chassis and Axle housings

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Blog entry by George_SA posted 03-04-2015 01:58 PM 2052 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The plan and dimensions

Chassis components

Chassis glue up

Axle housings. – Due to the runout on my drill press (which is quite old) I can’t drill a straight hole thru a long block. Thin pieces of wood is ok, but as soon as I drill a hole in a block 100mm and longer, the drill tends to wander a bit.

Therefore I split the blocks in half and cut the grooves with my table saw. After that I glue the two halves together.
The following photo shows the 4 halves ready for the glue up.

I used my small parts clamping jig for the glue up

The chassis and axles housings ready for glue up

The following photos shows the chassis with the axle housings from a few different angles.
After the glue dried on the chassis, I strengthened the corner joints with dowels (see last photo), because this truck is intended for a birthday present for our friends son. The truck should be able to withstand a bit of playing. I do the dowels after gluing the joints as that is just so much easier than trying to align dowel holes prier to glue up. Just drill a hole afterwards and insert a dowel. Quick and easy.

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

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