Toy Dump Truck and Indy Cars for Next Christmas

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Project by bobdurnell posted 07-06-2009 12:25 AM 7124 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine with good intensions by getting ready for Christmas early asked if I’d make some toys for her grand kids. As a result I made six Indy cars and a dump truck. I had made the cars before as a project in my woodshop classes. The yellow car was in Better Homes and Gardens Wood magazine on page 8 of the October 1997 issue where Jim Downing is holding my entry in the build a toy contest. Didn’t win anything but I sure liked the recognition. The dump truck is an original design that worked out ok. Got the basic Idea from a picture of a pedal driven one I found googling dump trucks. Made from sugar pine (my favorite), a little Durhams rock hard wood putty and paint. The decal on the dump truck was made from word art and the decals for the indy cars came from decals made for rc cars by Autographics.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#1 posted 07-06-2009 12:44 AM

Hey Bob
They look great one of my students made some from the same issue I think?


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#2 posted 07-06-2009 01:31 AM

Nicely done. The Indy cars really look great with the decals.

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#3 posted 07-06-2009 02:46 AM

Great looking toy truck. My grandson would love it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 07-06-2009 05:20 AM

Excellent work! Every one of them is exceptional. Thanks for sharing.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#5 posted 07-06-2009 07:26 AM

Not a fan of raceing, but I love your cars!

My grandson would just love that dump truck also. I like the way you made the box dump and the tailgate? open. Keep up the great work. I’m sure the kids will just love them.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 07-06-2009 08:25 AM

Great toys!! I was thinking about making some for my grandkids but yestrerday we were there for the 4th. I saw a lot of plastic toys laying around. I have begun to wonder if it’s worth the effort to make anything that is common??? Hope they use them.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 07-06-2009 10:36 AM

Love the dump truck. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 02-19-2016 04:54 PM

Toy making is a joy of it’s own!


It is always more work than it looks like too!

My avatar is a toy box and I have made the same as a toy! “TaNader”

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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