Toy Truck Banks

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Project by Wood Studios posted 06-10-2014 05:09 PM 4338 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made five of these toy truck banks for my five grandsons whose ages range from 1.5 to 16 years of age and varied the design to fit the interest of the grandson at this point in time. For example the axles can be removed to replace wheels because one of my grandson is a tinker and most likely will become a ME like his father. The red knobs on the gear shift fits the artistic grandson. I used black walnut, red oak, cherry, hickory, chestnut and whatever the wheels are made of [Chinese wood]. All of the metal parts are solid brass except for some of the interworking parts of the door. After making the second one, I decided to invest some time in making labor saving jigs and I was able to cut the time on the last one to 1/3 rd of the time for the first two. I am trying to figure out a way to make a fifth one with a spare wheel housed in the fender on the passenger side of the truck. If I managed to build one, I will post it on LJ. All of the U.S. Post Office box doors were purchased on eBay and then sent off to Shannon, Georgia where a very nice and kind couple restored them to new like condition. A fellow LJ contributor, Peter Crowe from Australia, helped me find the plans for the truck [Rockler] and locate a sander that I needed to shape many of the parts. The photos were taken by a professional photograher [my youngest daughter].

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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#1 posted 06-10-2014 05:28 PM

With 5 grandsons, is a good idea to keep on the mass production techniques.

Cute and tidy trucks

-- Back home. Fernando

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#2 posted 06-10-2014 06:06 PM

These are great looking and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 06-10-2014 06:30 PM

Very nice.

-- An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

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#4 posted 06-10-2014 06:47 PM

Great looking trucks! Your grandsons will love them.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 06-10-2014 07:08 PM

You set the bar high! I have one of the brass doors I’ve kept around for several years just to make such a truck. I did not picture something as nice as yours. Great job and your grandkids have some nice keepsakes. They will probably pass them on to their kids. Great job on each!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 06-10-2014 07:36 PM

Very cool! I need to make these for my boys! Thanks for sharing!

-- “Anyone who doesn’t think money is grown on trees hasn’t bought any lumber lately.”

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Don Johnson

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#7 posted 06-10-2014 08:56 PM

Extremely Impressive!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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Jim Sellers

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#8 posted 06-10-2014 09:29 PM

I appreciate the skill and quality that went into these. Very fine heirlooms.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#9 posted 06-10-2014 11:03 PM

What lovely pieces of art for your Grandkids. That’s why GOD made Grandparents…

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 06-11-2014 02:40 AM

I just received some of the bank doors purchased also from EBay. What sander are you referring to that was needed to make you job easier? Great job especially with slight variances in design to make them unique to that grandchild.

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Wood Studios

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#11 posted 06-11-2014 02:56 AM

JoeinWestMich I needed a 1” x 30” belt sander and found a cheap Chinese one online. It turns out that I should have purchased an oscillating spindle sander rather than the 1” x 30” belt sander. The oscillating sander would have enabled me to sand the edges of the cab a lot easier than using a drum sander on the drill press. I finally made a template for my trim router and used that for those edges. And I needed something to bring the fenders to the final dimension. Again, an oscillating spindle sander would have been perfect for the curved parts of the fender which I did with the drill press drum sander and then later used the trim router and a template. The sander I bought cost $125, and a good spindle sander can run $360 and a great deal more for the performing units.

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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#12 posted 06-11-2014 01:50 PM

Great looking banks, but then I am a truck guy.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#13 posted 06-11-2014 06:01 PM

These are simply phenomenal. Good job

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#14 posted 06-11-2014 11:23 PM

That is a super collection of trucks. I’m sure all your grandson’s will really treasure them.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#15 posted 06-14-2014 06:54 AM

Those oldtimers looks fantastic! So small but with all important deatils.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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