Truck from salvaged wood

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I make toys which are distributed to needy kids at Christmas. I use salvaged blocking used to block machinery while in transport. The blocks are 4×4’s x 4ft. long and species varies from red oak, cherry, aspen, etc. I also use shorts from my scrap pile accumulated from other projects. In any case this is a flat deck truck that will be included with a bunch of other toys I plan to have ready by December.

-- Lee

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#1 posted 10-06-2008 11:51 AM

Lee, the truck you have made out of salvaged wood is very pretty and children will love it. You have shown lot of skill in doing it and the choice of wood with different shades makes it look very attractive.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 10-06-2008 12:47 PM

Very impressive as usual Lee , the kids will love them !!!

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#3 posted 10-06-2008 01:49 PM

Nice job as usual Lee.

How do you distribute your toys?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 10-06-2008 01:54 PM

Very nice work Lee. I would be interested in knowing a bit more about your distribution as well ?

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#5 posted 10-06-2008 02:18 PM

Great truck. The more I see these toys and read how folks are distributing them to kids makes me want to follow suit. I am sure the kids get a great kick out of these toys.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 10-06-2008 11:48 PM

God bless you LeeinEdmonton. Beautiful work you have done.

-- I will not preach, nor will I be silent.

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#7 posted 10-08-2008 12:14 AM

There are many ways to get toys into the hands of needy kids. In many Cities, the fire dept.s collect & distribute toys at Christmas. In Edmonton I believe last week a Motorcycle Club held their annual toy collecting parade for distribution to needy kids. Up until this year, our woodworking guild made toys & donated them to the Catholic Atonement Home which operated the ABC Head Start program for Inner City children with learning difficulties between the ages of 3 to 9. The Atonement Home discontinued the program this year. They did not say why, but suspect a shortage of funds.
So what to do ? The ABC Head Start Organization is North American wide & have offices in many Cities one of which has been in Edmonton for the past 22 years hence I approached them direct as the woodworking guild seemed to be dragging their feet somewhat & they were absolutely delighted that I would simply give them the toys that I have built so far this year for their activities(currently serving 360 families). So will see how it goes & decide whether to continue, or seek other means of distribution….just so long as the toys get to those kids who need them.


-- Lee

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#8 posted 10-08-2008 12:49 AM

Lee . . . do you make all the parts? Do you make them from plans?

Just a thought . . . would it be difficult to inlay some of the darker wood into the cab to mimic windows.

You are going to make some youngn quite happy.

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#9 posted 10-08-2008 12:56 AM

Zuki: It’s a mix….some I make from plans, some are original, some I make up plans from photos & yes I make all of the parts, it’s the only way I can exert control over my scrap bin LOL.

-- Lee

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#10 posted 10-23-2008 07:55 PM


I also make amd give away toys at Christmas. Whiat kind of businesses are sources of this blocking?

-- Jerry, Wichita KS

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#11 posted 10-23-2008 08:57 PM

very similar to the ones I have made well done Alistair

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#12 posted 10-24-2008 03:15 AM


You will find that machinery distributors bring their stock in on flat bed semi-trailers & the blocks are usually 4×4’s x 4 ft. long. The species are usually mixed ie: Poplar, cherry, red oak, both hard & soft maple, & some birch. The odd block has been 6×8 x 4ft. long. Some times the trucker will keep them & away they go with him. In my case they get left because the shipment originates in the States & is hauled into Canada & I suspect the trucker does not want a hassle at the border if he were to take them back with him. However, if I were you I would still canvas your local equipment dealers & you may hit a source.


-- Lee

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#13 posted 10-24-2008 03:19 AM


That’s a “big guy”, probably more than twice the size of my truck & very nice.


-- Lee

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