Little Boxes (on Steroids)

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Project by Don posted 01-01-2007 04:09 AM 19181 views 9 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, they say that most woodworking involves making boxes. So…

As I have always loved vintage cars, but alas, cannot afford to purchase or restore one, I made these from wood. These are little boxes on wheels.

The toy truck is a model of a 1930’s Australian Ford Ute. ‘Ute’ is an Australian contraction for Utility Truck. The American term ‘pick-up’ is not used in Oz other than to refer what guys try to do at the pub when they see an attractive ‘Sheila’.

The dark timber is Jarrah, and the light is Mountain Ash except for the engine cover which is pine. The finish is a spray varnish. This was a Christmas gift for my Canadian grandson who lives in Vancouver.

The other model is a 1930 Cadillac La-Salle Roadster. I made this from plans purchased from from Lee valley. The wood is leftover scrap from recent projects. I interpreted the plans with a little more detail after researching this model on the Net. The wood is Mountain Ash with a little Jarrah trim. The last picture is of the real thing.

The Cadillac went to one of my Aussie grandsons.

In both cases, the wheels are purchased. Everything else is hand crafted. These are not kits, but I did work from purchased plans.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#1 posted 01-01-2007 05:35 AM

Excellent! Love ‘em. I like the way you ground the tires on the fenders so they’d mount. Mind if I copy them?

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#2 posted 01-01-2007 05:37 AM

Grizzley also has a lot of car and truck plans

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#3 posted 01-01-2007 05:39 AM

And I noticed that you’ve changed. You don’t look like you did “Last Year”

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#4 posted 01-01-2007 05:45 AM

Obi, go ahead, I would be pleased if any of my work serves as a jumping-off platform for others.

Yes, I’ve changed. I getting better looking every year, NOT.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 01-02-2007 02:21 AM

One can see the detail that is put into these. That Jarrah is a nice wood. The contrast is perfect.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 04-14-2007 07:10 PM

These are really nice. Thanks for sharing them.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 11-27-2007 05:10 AM

Nice job on the T&J plan…. 31 Caddy…... I really like it. I have one too. Not as nice as yours. This was one of my first tries at toy buiulding. Still trying to get them right. My Caddy below.

31 Caddy

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#8 posted 11-27-2007 07:38 AM

Great job on the boxes keep up the great work

-- piper

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#9 posted 11-27-2007 11:06 PM

They’re beautiful Don. Lucky lucky grandsons! Wish I’d had a granddad like you!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#10 posted 11-27-2007 11:09 PM

Thanks, Stuart. I know have four grandsons – I’d better get cracking! LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#11 posted 11-28-2007 04:16 AM

Wow . . . I would like to try and make some toys like that. Not sure where to start though.

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#12 posted 11-28-2007 04:28 AM


I am so impressed with these projects.

The detail, workmanship and patience is very evident.

I’m awed.

-- Dusty

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#13 posted 11-28-2007 05:05 AM

What Dusty just said.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#14 posted 11-28-2007 05:25 AM

Wonderful detail work!

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#15 posted 01-19-2008 03:33 PM

fair dinkum mate!!!

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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