Dump Truck

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Project by HardCorps posted 07-29-2020 08:31 PM 700 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this for my grandson who will be four in September. It’s made mostly from black walnut and red oak, and only has one coat of teak oil in the photos. Not sure if I should bother finishing it further since it will most likely be destroyed in a matter of days.

I took a SWAG at the size of actual dump truck tires, and figured 42 inches sounded about right. The toy tires are two inches in diameter, so that gave me a scale of 1:21 and I used that as a rough guide for the rest of the truck. It’s 15” x 5-1/2” x 5-1/2”.

-- Steve - Ft. Worth

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#1 posted 07-29-2020 10:10 PM

Nice looking truck, I could have used one over the weekend for my grandson while he was here. How many yards does it hold?

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 07-30-2020 12:12 AM

Great start HC... good choice in holding back the finish… kids will be kids and toys will be mangled.

... How many yards does it hold?
- Eric

However, watch the truck building… it can get very addictive, which can put many yards between you and SWMBO!

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

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#3 posted 07-30-2020 01:17 AM

I bet it can be very addictive building these. I have been on the process of building a shop, can’t wait until I can start setting it up. Itching to get back into the woodworking projects.

At a 1:21 scale, looks like about .04 yards, just the right size for the little ones.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#4 posted 07-30-2020 02:50 AM

Thanks for the comments. Y’all got me thinking about how many yards it would hold, so I had to figure it out.

If my math is correct, a cubic yard is 46,656 cubic inches. The inside of the bed is:

8×4.75×2.5 = 95 cubic inches
95 / 46,656 = 0.002 cubic yards

Scaled up it would be:

168×99.75×52.5 = 879,795 cubic inches
879,795 / 46,656 = 18.86 cubic yards

-- Steve - Ft. Worth

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#5 posted 08-03-2020 11:45 AM

What a great looking hand made wooden toy truck sir, top marks…

The grandson will love it but I think he’ll need a loader too…..sorry!

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

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#6 posted 08-03-2020 11:47 PM

Crowie is on point, I agree. I see a loader coming to the collection. Great piece

-- Eric, building the dream

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#7 posted 08-04-2020 04:05 PM

I love it!

-- Jolien Brebels, Belgium,

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#8 posted 08-13-2020 02:33 PM

Built one similar for my first grandson 18 years ago when he was born. Its in the shop now to do some one hundred thousand mile repairs desperately needed. Your beautiful photos gave me a great idea. I so enjoyed making this toy that I have decided that I will build a duplicate of it and give both to him as a high school graduation gift leaving the original as is. Thanks for sharing. You do beautiful work.

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