Peterbilt 389, Truck & Loader

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Project by darkmyble posted 03-29-2018 05:23 PM 2002 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hi folks, this project was fairly straight forward, I wanted a low detail proper ‘toy’ that was quick to make but delivered a good overall finish. Made primarily from pine with a few minor parts birch with spruce wheels.

As I’ve mentioned before i source my wood from what would be otherwise classed as scrap so pallet wood, doors, window frames, old stairs, and off-cuts from various manufacturing companies.

This way i can keep costs down to a minimum and pass that on to my customers. The same can be said for the wheels. This set requires 20 wheels. The standard used by most woodworkers are birch and available from most internet based selling sites as well as those who sell plans with parts available. These though are 2 1/4” diameter and to keep costs down gain i try and source wheels from in the UK. There are literally one or two suppliers here in the UK and they cost £6.00 ($8.40) for 4.. plus delivery. So to get 20 i’d have to pay £24 ($33) + delivery, which inevitably bumps up the cost.

I’d got some spruce window frames reclaimed from a skip so it wasn’t too difficult to make a close approximation to the purchased versions.

With the speed changed i could turn my drill press into a makeshift lathe..

I’m not an accomplished wood turner and the hardest part i found was getting all 20 looking the same.. theyre not 100% but i’m happy with the outcome.

A little sanding and danish oil and were good to go…

I think really the wheels were the only real challenge with this build the rest was fairly straight forward..

A few images of the build…

Well that’s it really. I apologise for not adding more photos of the build.. I’ve been struggling with cellulitis in my leg for the umpteenth time and i wanted to get this done so i can get on to the next build.. a 2 foot combine harvester that accompanies my holland tractor and kane trailer.

Hope youre all well.. take care and thanks for taking an interest in my builds..



-- If at first we don't succeed, measure and measure again

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#1 posted 03-29-2018 05:40 PM

Looks great/

I am a HUGE fan of “Wood Rescue”’ So great job on that too.

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

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#2 posted 03-29-2018 05:52 PM

very nice

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 03-29-2018 05:58 PM

A nice build, sturdy and catching. Thanks for explanation of how you did the wheels. Despite the wood choice restriction a really nice color combination!


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#4 posted 03-29-2018 05:58 PM

You have done a beautiful job on this model; it’s done so nicely and displays a lot of wonderful details and fine craftsmanship.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 03-29-2018 06:10 PM

Beautiful project.
With toys less is more for safety and for it to hold together but you still were able to add the details enough to make it out standing!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#6 posted 03-29-2018 08:50 PM

looks like a ruff and tumble toy should hold up to a child’s abuse …GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#7 posted 03-29-2018 09:48 PM

Looks great nice job on the wheels I certainly would not be without a lathe as part of my arsenal of tools

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#8 posted 03-29-2018 11:55 PM

Very Nice Work & Well Done Mark! Thanks For Posting!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 03-29-2018 11:56 PM

Who doesn’t like and appreciate a beautiful Peterbilt truck, very well done.
The configuration of the drop deck or low boy trailer is idea for children’s play, then to add the loader, superb, top marks.
If I could trouble you for some extra photos and details of the trailer, please, thank you (pm on the way).

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

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#10 posted 03-30-2018 03:19 AM

Very well done, the wheels are fantastic.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 03-30-2018 12:09 PM

Great job on everything!!!

-- Retired and lovin it

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#12 posted 03-30-2018 12:55 PM

Good job well done

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#13 posted 03-31-2018 12:03 AM

Beautiful job.

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#14 posted 03-31-2018 11:53 AM

Beautiful project…....

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#15 posted 03-31-2018 01:01 PM

Absolutely astonish truck set! Only, isn’t that cabin little too low?

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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