Large Buildable Wood Fire Engine

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Project by DaleMaley posted 04-07-2018 08:29 PM 1075 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple years ago, my sister asked me to build a large wood fire engine for a charity auction.

I built 2 of them at the time. 1 was sold at the charity auction. On the 2nd one, I finished it except painting the main truck red, and gluing on the 3 wheel axle pins.

A few months ago, I wondered if my 2.5 year old grandson would like to assemble and take apart the fire engine I never finished. He has a ball with it. It has 15 pieces.

Since he has so much fun with the old fire engine, I wondered if he would have even more fun if I designed a new one…......and design it with as many removable parts as possible. So, I built a new fire engine with 23 parts.

Since he doesn’t care if the main body is painted or not, I am just going to leave the new body unpainted. The whole fire engine is made of common pine.

To see more details on this project, see my woodworking web site.

I also uploaded the model to the Sketchup Warehouse here.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 04-07-2018 08:41 PM

Neat toy.


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

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#2 posted 04-07-2018 08:50 PM

Neat toy.


- ralbuck


All joints are dowelled with either 1/4” or 3/8” dowels, with 1 side of dowel glued in, and other side of dowel free.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#3 posted 04-07-2018 09:09 PM

cleaver idea for an older child …GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#4 posted 04-07-2018 09:11 PM

cleaver idea for an older child …GREAT JOB :<))


My grandson, at 2.5, needed just a little help from grandpa to assemble the 1st fire engine with 15 parts. He will be 3 in July, and I anticipate grandpa will have to help him assemble the new one with 23 parts. I am anxious for him to test drive it :)

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#5 posted 04-07-2018 10:23 PM

Cool I think my grandson would love it. We will see after I get healed up.

-- Bud Baker , Ojibwa, WI.

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#6 posted 04-08-2018 01:08 PM

This is a very nice toy fire truck and the kids will love it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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