A Dump Truck Adventure

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Blog series by George_SA updated 01-12-2019 04:39 PM 10 parts 11602 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: Humble beginnings

01-03-2018 07:20 PM by George_SA | 4 comments »

It is time for another truck making adventure. The little guy who received this Old Time Farm Truck for his 1st birthday has a little brother who is now also nearing his 1st birthday. As usual I asked professor Google and his assistants YouTube and Pinterest for some ideas and from those Ideas I decided on a dump truck. First I needed a plan and SketchUp proved to be handy again. I drew the plans (available over her) As usual I start with the chassis. Although I prefer my Small ...

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Part 2: The engine and radiator Part 1

01-04-2018 07:27 PM by George_SA | 5 comments »

Next up is the engine. I used a darker wood (off cuts lying around, and I’m not sure exactly which type of wood) for the engine block and a lighter wood for the bonnet (I recently learned that in American English this is referred to as the hood ) Next is the radiatorOn my first truck (Old Time Farm Truck #5: Engine Block) I glued some thin strips of wood to the radiator to form the grill and loose strips to form the frame. I found that to be a bit difficult to get the spacing rig...

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Part 3: The engine and radiator Part 2 & a diversion

01-06-2018 06:53 PM by George_SA | 1 comment »

Now to cut out the center of the radiator to make a hole for the grill. That necessitated a diversion as I don’t have a scroll saw and the part is too small to use the jigsaw in the normal manner. First Idea – quick and dirty jigsaw table. NOPE! NOT A GOOD IDEA! That will result in some shorter fingers! Next plan. Make a jig saw table similar to some ideas I saw on YouTube. After I did a test cut, I realized this is also a DANGEROUS machine!!!!!!Fortunately my ji...

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Part 4: The engine and radiator Part 3

01-11-2018 04:09 PM by George_SA | 4 comments »

After the radiator was glued to the engine block Now to round the bonnet corners. I could either sand them round or I could use the round over on the router table. This last option is a bit more risky ito tear out. Despite that I decided to go the router route, but there was a problem. I still need to make one of those fancy router table fences where the gap for the router bit is adjustable. The present fence’s gap is a bit big for the size of the engine. So I made a temporary fen...

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Part 5: Cab components

01-14-2018 07:19 PM by George_SA | 1 comment »

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 cu...

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Part 6: Lights, feul tanks and mud gaurds

01-14-2018 07:51 PM by George_SA | 0 comments »

Lights made from 16mm dowel. The lights are stove bolts which fit just nicely on the dowel face. I drilled a center hole and screwed the stove bolts in. The lights will be attached to the truck with dowels. The fuel tanks. My original plan was to make round fuel tanks, but I decided that square fuel tanks would be easier to make. I cut slots on the tanks and inserted splines and then sanded them flush afterwards. (To achieve the same effect on a round tank would involve a glue up with t...

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Part 7: Some assembly

03-12-2018 06:54 PM by George_SA | 3 comments »

Here are just a few photos of the assembly so far. This project is going slower than I anticipated – sometimes life just gets in the way of woodworking A little accident on the belt sander weakening the the front back wheel axle holder. Beefed up the axle holder. Remember this is a toy that must withstand play from a little boy.

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Part 8: Bin

01-12-2019 01:56 PM by George_SA | 1 comment »

It has been 10 months gone by since the previous blog in this series. What can I say? Sometimes life gets in the way of woodworking. I didn’t take pictures during the making. Here are a few pictures of the finished bin in which I will highlight some aspects I used a box joint for strength using my 5 Min Kerfmaker. See my blog Kerf Maker Box Joints #1: Easy Box Joints - How To for details. The swivel back flap The hinge block for the bin Yet again I used dowels to se...

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Part 9: Wheels 01

01-12-2019 02:43 PM by George_SA | 0 comments »

I made a few jigs for making the wheels 1st I made the wheel blanks 10×50 x 50mm for this truck. My final wheel size is 44mm diameter. I marked 1 corner for consistency on the drill press. All the blanks for the wheels plus a few spare Mark the centre of the blank. I only mark one to set up the drill press. The set up in the drill press with a stop block against the drill press fence. I used a 25mm Forstner bit to drill the holes for the centre hub. Then I drill the axl...

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Part 10: Wheels 02

01-12-2019 04:39 PM by George_SA | 2 comments »

The next step is to cut the wheels on the bandsaw. I used my Bandsaw circle cutting jigThe inspiration for this jig came from this YouTube video. My jig differs from his as I made my jig for making toy truck wheels, but I used his basic idea to design my jig.The SketchUp plan for my jig is available over here I also added a venire scale to help cutting very precise circles. I used SketchUp to make the printable venire scales To calibrate the scale I cut a wheel and measured th...

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