Mining Dump Truck "CAT" for Boys & Girls Club Guessing Competition Fund Raiser

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Project by crowie posted 09-09-2019 06:07 AM 1704 views 2 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mining Dump Truck “CAT” for Boys & Girls Club Guessing Competition Fund Raiser….

A Father’s Day “Fund Raiser” was missed this year so I was asked to make a vehicle for an “end of term” Fund Raiser; a big truck that’d hold a lot of lollies [candy] for a “Guessing Competition”.

I decide to give myself a challenge and do a scratch built mining dump truck.

I found an old “Richard Blizzard” in a magazine and used the basics of the “dumper” to get an idea of the shaping before making a rough template to suit the timber I had available.

I’ve used a mixture of spotted gum, red gum, western red cedar, recycled hardwood, marine ply, merbau along with various shop offcuts.

The truck is 18” [450mm] long x 9.5” [240mm] wide x 10.5” [270mm] high weighing 5.3kgs [11lbs] taking over 40hrs to complete. I even made something like a proper chassis to try to keep the truck lighter.

The finish [3 coats] is my home made wipe-on-poly of 30% Tung Oil, 40% Clear satin Polyurethane, and 30% Mineral Turpentine mixed together.

I’m very thankful to the local Westrac Caterpillar dealer who supplied the CAT Decals which really help to set the truck off.

It’s hoped the truck with it’s huge load of lollies raises a good amount to money towards the clubs gymnastic equipment for the some 500 children who participate weekly in this local volunteer based community club.


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

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#1 posted 09-09-2019 06:10 AM

You are amazing mate.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#2 posted 09-09-2019 07:06 AM

That is a beauty Crowie and will be a great fundraiser. Great combination of woods and finish.
The dumpster should be appreciated as a fundraiser,

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#3 posted 09-09-2019 10:41 AM

that’s quite the donation – a lot of detail not mentioned and not seen. Great job !

and I’m guessing there to be 83 lollies in the bed, where do I send my $

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 09-09-2019 10:54 AM

Great job…again! The details set it off.

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#5 posted 09-09-2019 11:04 AM

WOW, great job for a great cause.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 09-09-2019 11:18 AM

What a beautiful job you did on this project Crowie i love it ,somebody will be happy with this one ,i’m hoping to get back in my shop soon i miss building things .

-- Hornpout Gorham New Hampshire

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#7 posted 09-09-2019 11:32 AM

Well Pete, that is absolutely ridiculous workmanship in the very very kindest way.
Suupppuurb .
I’m just worried “peters” share price may drop with the he “ CAT” takeover.

Great work

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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#8 posted 09-09-2019 11:47 AM


To say you are a perfectionist would be an understatement.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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#9 posted 09-09-2019 11:57 AM

Just incredible! Some one is going to be really happy with this beauty!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 09-09-2019 12:53 PM

That is truly incredible mate, fantastic job.
I really love the truck, and the reason for it’s being.
Thanks for sharing.


-- 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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#11 posted 09-09-2019 01:15 PM

Another great piece Peter. And it should raise some much-needed funds as well as let someone own one of your great models that you are well known for. Good luck with the competition

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#12 posted 09-09-2019 02:16 PM

you just have to love how us model builders evolve and you sure stepped up to the plate on this one and hit a homerun with bases loaded love the different woods in this truck GREAT JOB :<)))) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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#13 posted 09-09-2019 02:18 PM

That is a great looking truck. The detail is excellent with the scraps you used. Well done and for a good cause too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 09-09-2019 02:26 PM

Superb job.

-- Julian

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#15 posted 09-09-2019 02:43 PM

Great job, Crowie. Always enjoy seeing your creative builds and hello to the snerf!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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