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Blog series by htl updated 06-29-2020 09:42 PM 11 parts 4660 reads 34 comments total

Part 1: LowBoy Heavy Duty Trailer

06-05-2020 07:46 PM by htl | 2 comments »

I just love making low boy trailers and being able to put my models on them, No I am not playing with my models. LOL Getting started, Needed a pop can for size picture. Gluing up a slab, I clamp a board down so I can glue up the parts one at a time and hold them in place with hand pressureIt’s 1/4” thick so clamps would just be a pain and get in the way. #4 over and out.

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Part 2: LowBoy Heavy Duty Trailer

06-09-2020 10:41 PM by htl | 3 comments »

Really doesn’t look like I got much done but there’s a ton a work in there, plus I went ahead and made up wheel blanks for the trailer and also the truck I may build to match. 25 wheel blanks, glued up and sized.There’s a ton a work ahead on the tires but you all know I LOVE building wheels!!! LOL

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Part 3: Figuring out the wheels

06-10-2020 09:13 PM by htl | 6 comments »

Worked on gluing up and then cutting out the wheel blanks yesterday and shaped the out sides. Twenty five of them. Then today I cut out the treads.First cut out the treads on the tread cutting jig. Had to load the jig 4 times to get er done. Then needed to set up the table saw fence for cutting the treads in the other direction.It takes some time playing around with the fence to get just the right spacing for the treads.I would have loved adding one more groove but didn’t ...

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Part 4: Got the trailer wheels under control

06-12-2020 08:22 PM by htl | 2 comments »

Finished up the trailer wheels and will save the semi wheels for when I build the truck.I took me more time to make these rims than to make the tires and there’s twice as many tires as the rims just need to be on the out side looking pretty. Drilling out the spokes for the rims. Drilling for the lug nuts. Different jig but same steps gets the lug nuts drilled.I just used every fourth hole to get my spacing, got to love jigs, once set up just ...

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Part 5: Adding more to the trailer

06-13-2020 08:48 PM by htl | 7 comments »

HI!! Just had to put the wheels on and give it a look, lol Ton more to do to this but look at how big this thing is.

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Part 6: Building my last semi

06-18-2020 12:11 AM by htl | 2 comments »

After building the Toys And Joys Heavy Duty Trailer it’s time to make a semi to match.It’s hard for me to take good pictures of the whole thing, these last projects are just way big.Not going to get fancy with the bottom this time and stay pretty close to the plans. Will be using cherry and maple to match the trailer. Great start to a fine finish. LOLHTL over and out

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Part 7: Working on the cab

06-19-2020 10:32 PM by htl | 5 comments »

Seats and steering wheel. Before I do any shaping I need to get the radiator on there.

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Part 8: cab, radiator and front fenders

06-23-2020 12:57 AM by htl | 1 comment »

Just the right length. Then on to the radiator. Then playing with the sleeper. Fenders and a nose job. Don’t look now but he’s smiling at you. #4 over and out.

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Part 9: Axles locked in place and on with the details

06-25-2020 08:48 PM by htl | 1 comment »

Figured out the axle spacing. Then it’s time for the rear fenders. On to the deck.

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Part 10: Working on the details

06-27-2020 09:05 PM by htl | 1 comment »

Trimmed out the rear deck. Yesterday I turned all the tanks and mufflers. Clamped up a board so I would have something to square things up and let me put pressure against as I glue things up. Gluing up the fuel tank braces and then added the steps. These little brackets can really get on your nerves, but the backer fence was really helpful on the glue up. Sanded off the dark stain just to see what the difference would be. #4 over and out

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Part 11: Front bumper and got the wheels under control

06-29-2020 09:42 PM by htl | 4 comments »

Here’s the front bumper, I’ve had it done but never took a good picture of the front. I tried and tried to work with the maple wheels but with just natural Danish oil their to light, with walnut Danish oil their blotchy, even tried some golden oak danish oil which came close but just ended up sanding the sides of the wheels flush and adding a cherry veneer to get them looking right. I’m really not happy unless I’m using walnut and oak, they seem to just work so ...

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