You can't rush concrete drying, neither concrete trucks...

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Project by crowie posted 08-20-2017 11:40 PM 5188 views 3 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You can’t rush concrete drying, neither concrete trucks…

About 3 years ago the Wood Magazine people came out with a “Concrete Truck” in there “construction series”.

Somehow our middle grandson saw the plan and since has been asking “pa” to make a concrete truck.

YES, without doubt every time I complete a wooden toy the same comment came…

But “pa” I really wanted you to make a “concrete truck”...

I kept explaining to the little bloke “pa” didn’t have a wood lathe to turn the agitator for the back of the truck!

With the completion of the Jeep I finally gave in, put out an SOS to some mates on the Woodwork Forum here in Australia and with a day one mate committee to make me not one but two agitators and so the “Concrete Trucks” finally began [though it was a top secret project until they were completed]....

As many know I like to personalize and detail all the wooden toys I build, Peter Bilt style…

This was to be no exception starting with the lengthening of the engine/hood and cabin which added a whole stack of other measurement/sizing issues, slowing down the build along with giving the trucks an Aussie design…

The trucks are a mixed of Aussie hardwoods; though the agitators are radiator pine.

In cutting and sizing the cabins I found I had a similar sized piece left over so a “heavy haulage flatbed” was added to the build project…

The smile on the little blokes face was priceless when he saw them and immediately started play…

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

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#1 posted 08-20-2017 11:53 PM

cool looking trucks …where did you get the peterbuilt logos ??? .... GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 08-20-2017 11:56 PM

Nicely made toys; and still PLAYABLE—which makes them GREAT TOYS!

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

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#3 posted 08-21-2017 12:47 AM

Great job. Bet there was one very happy boy.

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#4 posted 08-21-2017 12:54 AM

cool looking trucks …where did you get the peterbuilt logos ??? .... GREAT JOB :<))


Tony, The “Peterbilt” logos are from the Peterbilt merchandising shop…
The small ones are “Lapel Pins” and the larger off keyrings…
I build a primer mover a few years back scaled on a 1988 379 Peterbilt…
The Peterbilt people added the wooden toy truck to there Facebook page, very chuffed…

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

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#5 posted 08-21-2017 01:04 AM

Brilliant job there crowie. Cool scrap salvaging with the use of the flatbed.

But, is there a hidden agenda in the two towies??? Maybe a subtle hint to the kids for another ”pa” caller.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 08-21-2017 01:05 AM

They are beautiful mate.
I’ll bet the little fellows eyes nearly popped out of head.
Great job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 08-21-2017 01:31 AM

What a great story! These trucks are really nice looking. Great detail and the best part….The little guy got his cement truck’s!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 08-21-2017 01:53 AM

Very nice Buddy I just bet that young man was a happy boy Great job

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#9 posted 08-21-2017 02:51 AM

Great job on the trucks Peter. That should keep the little bloke happy for a while.
So, is the lathe next on the to buy list?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 08-21-2017 02:55 AM

Peter….I Dips Me Lid to you….That is very very well made. One of the best wooden Toy projects I have ever seen. I can just imagine how happy the little fellow would have been when you presented them to him.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#11 posted 08-21-2017 06:13 AM

A very nice story Peter, and you have bilt some beautifull cars to. Great to hear that where ever it is in the world we can build on each other. Well done and enjoy the smiles you will get.


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#12 posted 08-21-2017 10:05 AM

Great truck, better story.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#13 posted 08-21-2017 10:12 AM

Great looking trucks!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 08-21-2017 10:24 AM

Excellent work. I too usually end up tweaking and changing things when I work from plans. Makes it more interesting.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#15 posted 08-21-2017 10:57 AM

Super nice project.
Just enough details to fire the imagination,
and heavy duty for sure!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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