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Blog series by HerbC updated 02-18-2014 05:29 AM 3 parts 7862 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: Day 1 - Basic Milling of Chassis

02-05-2014 06:49 AM by HerbC | 4 comments »

We have two young grandsons, Chance (almost 3) and Jaylan (6). I’ve decided to build a couple of toy trucks for them. For this project I’m using the truck featured in WoodSmith No 35 (Oct 84). Here’s a picture of the truck as featured in the magazine: Today I selected a piece of cypress to use to make the chassis of the trucks. The piece was rough sawn and 5/4 thickness. I used my Ridgid planer to surface the board and planed it down to 13/16” thickness. ...

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Part 2: Detail Milling of Chassis

02-17-2014 03:59 AM by HerbC | 1 comment »

Back to working on the trucks. I know some of you thought I’d already bailed out, but not this time. As I said in my last blog post, I needed to build a small sled for my table saw. I finished it today. My first swing at making a sled bombed because the plywood (Hm Dpt 1/2” Sandply…) was slightly warped and it wouldn’t relax and lay flat on the table saw… So I laminated three pieces of 3/16” tempered hardboard (aka Masonite). I used the table saw top as ...

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Part 3: Engine Compartment Milling

02-18-2014 05:29 AM by HerbC | 3 comments »

I managed to squeeze in a little shop time today and began by using my Craftsman 113 series contractor table saw to rip a piece of sycamore to rough width and resawed it rough thickness for the engine compartment pieces. As you can see in this photo, I’m using a 2×4 and a couple of clamps as a rip fence. What can I say, I got the saw for $35… I used my planer to mill the piece of sycamore to the final width and thickness. No pictures of that process today. Next I u...

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