Toy Dump Truck using SketchUp

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Project by htl posted 11-30-2015 08:06 PM 1789 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back with one more toy.
I know, but their so much fun to build and a quick small project that works great for these old bones.
I had been hearing more and more about Sketchup, so down loaded the free software and started to check it out.
Jay Bates site has some great how to use it videos.

While I was searching around for sample plans for SketchUp I came across plans for a toy dump truck and figured it might be something simple to get my feet wet with.
The frame and main body are made with mahogany from a cradle I scrounged up, and the dump box is from a cabinet door[needed some 1/4”] and the raised panel was just right. Could be maple?
I should add that the whole toy is put together with dowels so it’s made to play with.

As you can see the raised panel door was bead board and I would have loved to have it showing on the out side but the wood wasn’t wide enough for the sides to go up and down so just put it to the in side.

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#1 posted 11-30-2015 08:13 PM

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#2 posted 11-30-2015 08:37 PM

Thank Dutchy!!!
No where near the work of your works of art, but their a lot a fun to build.
Been looking at the big bull dozier at T&J may just have to bite the bullet and get her done. lol

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#3 posted 11-30-2015 08:46 PM

Just another fantastic toy—will last for a few generations or so!

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

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#4 posted 11-30-2015 09:13 PM

Thanks ralbuck
Well I know they’ll last awhile, here’s one I built right around 1980.
Took the measurements for the crane while I was on brake at Harris Dam Al.
Sorry but she’s missing a few part after all those years.

Just have to dust off the old stuff and give them a look once in awhile. lol

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#5 posted 11-30-2015 09:16 PM

These are both very nice toys. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 12-01-2015 04:44 PM

Besides they both look great, my favourite thing at wooden vehicles are wheels.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 12-01-2015 04:46 PM

Very nicely done, and I’m sure both are very satisfying projects.

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

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#8 posted 12-01-2015 04:52 PM

majuvia I’m with you these turned out great for store bought but for my next build I need to make my own.
Years ago I had a shop smith and would turn my own wheels but my health limits my time in the shop now so just having fun when I can.

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#9 posted 12-09-2015 10:09 PM

I can relly appreciate a bloke who builds beautiful wooden toys and WOW, from plans he’s done up himself ….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#10 posted 12-09-2015 10:18 PM

Thanks crowie
but I built the toy, I found free sketch up plans and had to figure out the measurements off the plans myself.
It was a very enjoyable build.

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#11 posted 12-10-2015 12:26 PM

HTL: Yes, building from a picture without measurements is a challenge. Not only measurements but to make sure the relative sizes carry through also. Thanks for sharing. I like the various colors in the wood for the coup.

-- DonB

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