Toy Dump Truck

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Project by Lenny posted 12-19-2016 01:26 AM 2797 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This dump truck is the second construction grade toy I have made. While this is a hybrid, the bulk of the truck is from plans found in the November 2012 issue of Wood magazine (#215). As was the bulldozer I made last year, this is a Christmas present for my grandson. He is traveling for the holiday so it was given to him today.

I say it is a hybrid because, while the Wood plans are nice, they lack in detail. The cab would have been a simple hunk of wood with a single hole in it. When I saw plans put out by Toys and Joys I was going to get them along with the available kit. I was prepared to pay the rather steep price for both until I saw the cost for shipping and handling. It’s a personal thing but shipping costs really get my dander up! Anyway, I saw the wonderful dump truck built by Dutchy and his blog series on the build. He provided so much detail that I was able to use his photos and descriptions to alter the cab and the grill of the Wood plans to end up with what you see. Thank you Dutchy. With my grandson being only 2-1/2, I opted to leave off mirrors, exhaust stacks, roof lights, etc., anything that is likely to be broken or knocked off. The toy is intended for play, not placement on a shelf.

I opted to make the truck from red oak and mahogany with padauk seats. I turned the steering wheel from a length of dowel and used a Dremel tool to refine the details. I purchased the kit that includes the wheels, pegs (axles), fuel tanks and hardware. If you look up any of Dutchy’s toy projects you’ll see the authentic looking tires he makes. Having bought the kit, I wanted to use the tires provided and paint them black. Ultimately I changed my mind since I prefer wood to remain natural. The tires and fuel tanks are birch. When I looked at the fuel tanks, I felt the darker mahogany tone would work better so I turned my own.

Because I made a full cab, I had to increase the length of the chassis. The finished length of the truck is about 15-3/4 inches. The dump box raises and has a one position stop. The tailgate swings on a pivot. I used several coats of spray satin polyurethane for the finish. My grandson seems to like it. He was experimenting with loading the dump box with, of all things, dinosaurs!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 12-19-2016 01:33 AM

Wow..very nice dump truck!!


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#2 posted 12-19-2016 02:00 AM

Super nice playable dump truck-dinosaur totter.

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#3 posted 12-19-2016 02:06 AM

Great looking truck! The little guy looks like he’s having a good time with it! Nice work!

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#4 posted 12-19-2016 02:53 AM

I love it. Nice job.

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#5 posted 12-19-2016 07:42 AM

Looks like you hit home run Lenny ;-) Nice work.

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#6 posted 12-19-2016 07:57 AM

Your Grand Son’s gift is another example of your skills as a woodworker & great family man. It’s an honor to say you are a close friend. Great job Lenny !!

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#7 posted 12-19-2016 08:01 AM

YOU have build a great truck. And about my blog: “You’r more than welcome”. Your Grandson will be glad with such a beautiful truck and you are wise to omitted the small stuff. Even I sometimes are breaking the small stuff.


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#8 posted 12-19-2016 11:39 AM

I also made the truck from the Wood Mag plans a while ago. Now, I wish I’d have seen Dutchy’s truck so I could have modified the cab. You did a beautiful job with blending in all the different woods. Your attention to detail was wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I have since made repairs to the truck my great-grandson plays with. The little blocks where the dump box pivots apparently are too small to offer adequate resistance to little hands. I remade the blocks larger and used brads as well as glue. So far, so good.

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#9 posted 12-19-2016 12:52 PM

That is a beauty Lenny. Your grandson I see, is luvin it.

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#10 posted 12-19-2016 02:41 PM

This dump truck model turned out beautifully. It has a lot of nice details and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 12-19-2016 03:33 PM

Great job. Nothing better than to see a child’s smile when they play with a handmade toy.

-- Julian

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#12 posted 12-19-2016 04:21 PM

That is a beauty. I just finished a dump truck and it doesn’t come close to yours. GREAT JOB!

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#13 posted 12-19-2016 05:35 PM

Very realistic and still PLAYABLE—Great work!

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#14 posted 12-19-2016 05:58 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#15 posted 12-19-2016 06:19 PM

Santa Lenny your not suppose to infringe on the elfs right to work laws, but in this case will make a exception. That little fella should have plenty of fun with your handy work. Have A Merry Christmas my friends and family!

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