An adventure in making toys - Old Time Farm Truck

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Blog series by George_SA updated 06-08-2015 10:22 AM 10 parts 56824 reads 26 comments total

Part 1: Intro

03-02-2015 07:37 PM by George_SA | 5 comments »

Edit 8 June 2015 Finished truck can be seen over here One of my preferences in woodworking is wooden toys. I have a special interest in trucks and the model of the Old Time Farm Truck by Ron Fritz, on the Google Sketchup 3D warehouse drew my attention. His model was in imperial dimensions and since I work in metric I redrew the truck in Sketchup with metric dimensions and also simplified it somewhat . You can convert imperial to mm in sketchup and the other way ro...

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Part 2: Chassis and Axle housings

03-04-2015 01:58 PM by George_SA | 0 comments »

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 g...

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Part 3: Bumper

03-04-2015 08:15 PM by George_SA | 0 comments »

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Part 4: Radiator

03-10-2015 11:58 AM by George_SA | 1 comment »

Clamped in my small parts clamping jig

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Part 5: Engine Block

03-16-2015 08:11 PM by George_SA | 2 comments »

I had a piece of white oak which I salvaged out of someone’s fire bin. It had a crack in, but by cutting and laminating I managed to get the crack invisible on the outside. The sanding guidelines after cutting the block to size. After sanding to shape on the disk sander The engine block and radiator ready to be joined. On this photo the crack that I mentioned above is clearly visible. After the radiator is fitted however, it will not be visible anymore. Radiator and engi...

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Part 6: Cab

05-25-2015 07:19 PM by George_SA | 2 comments »

Shop dog helper Cab roof Cab body Gluing the cab roof on Cab completed

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Part 7: Wheels

05-25-2015 08:05 PM by George_SA | 3 comments »

Making the wheels was a bit of a head scratcher. Since I have a lathe I thought about turning the wheels on the lathe. I had a problem however, because I don’t have a chuck for the lathe and I wanted to do some face turning on the wheels just to make them a bit more interesting. I thought about making a homemade chuck and seeked some advise in the Woodturning forum. I again experienced the brotherhood of LJ’s with quite a bit of good advise. In the end I decided to leave the la...

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Part 8: Load box

05-27-2015 11:27 AM by George_SA | 0 comments »

Load bed and load box bottom Side panels Test fitting the side panels onto the load box bottom I used my 5 min kerfmaker to cut the dados Gluing the panels to the load box bottom Railings As this is a toy that must withstand a lot of playing from a little boy, I inserted dowels into all the joints. I used my dowel making jig to make the dowels. Attaching the railings to the side panels Inserting some more dowels to strengthen th...

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Part 9: Headlamps and mudguards

05-27-2015 12:15 PM by George_SA | 7 comments »

I used the end of a broomstick for the two headlamps. I didn’t have a 20 mm dowel and I did not want to fire up the lathe to turn a such a short 20mm spindle and also the broomstick was just the right diameter and it was only a very short piece that was needed. The headlamps will be attached to the engine block with dowels. I also used two washers and attached them with screws to make the headlamps a bit more interesting With the mudguards I reverted back to my original plan. ...

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Part 10: Final Assembly

06-08-2015 10:22 AM by George_SA | 6 comments »

Assembly of my Old Time Farm Truck The finished components that need to be assembled A test fit Gluing the mudguards The second mudguard gets added Gluing the engine block to the cab – the 4 lb hammer provides a nice clamping force The mudguard is glued to the chassis An alignment block attached to the loadbed with double sided tape Test fit Glued on The cab and engine block plus the loadbox added OOPS!!!!!I should have attached the headlamps before glu...

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