Kenworth Tanker

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Project by Pa_the_Woodworker posted 02-03-2021 03:51 PM 1227 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished the tanker project for my granddaughter, Camden, and her descendants. It was a joy to build this “Toys and Joys” TJ-60 pattern. I love the detail of the design.

For contrast, it’s made of pine and poplar and finished with tung oil. My biggest challenge was forming the dowels to hold the mirrors. Bending dowels is next to impossible for me. So I cut the dowels at a 45 degree angle and clamped for gluing. While still in clamp, I drilled a tiny hole and inserted wooden toothpicks to reinforce the corners. All fenders were cut from 1.5×2 poplar on my band saw and finished on the oscillating sander. I purchased the 2-3/4” wheels and drilled the 1/8” bolt holes on site. A drive train and transmission were added to the truck. To reinforce the fenders, I inserted 1/8×1.5” dowels in the edges.

I also made a storage box from 3/8” plywood to protect the project for many years.

-- When you're not handsome, it pays to be handy -- Pa

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#1 posted 02-03-2021 04:34 PM

I absolutely love this! So many realistic details. As a kid, I liked to assemble tractor-trailer models, this is a huge step beyond that! I salute your patience and attention to detail.

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#2 posted 02-03-2021 06:39 PM

These are the toys that if cared for will last for generations, no plastic!

Your persistence really shows with the attention you paid to the reinforcements and finessing the surfaces for that refined look.

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#3 posted 02-03-2021 07:45 PM

Great work, realistic details Material selection is ideal. I like

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#4 posted 02-03-2021 10:04 PM

Great job PatW... You have nailed the detail…

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#5 posted 02-03-2021 11:16 PM

Detailed project, looks great

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#6 posted 02-04-2021 12:49 PM

great detail, a lot of hidden detail – thanks for sharing

-- 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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#7 posted 02-04-2021 01:44 PM

That is really nice work. Great attention to detail and your shaping of the hood and tank is perfect.

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#8 posted 02-04-2021 02:09 PM

looks to me like your hooked on models …. whats the next one ? .... gr8 details on this rig ..GREAT JOB :<)) Welcome 2 LJ ’s

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#9 posted 02-04-2021 02:18 PM

looks top me like your hooked on models …. whats the next one ? .... gr8 details on this rig ..GREAT JOB :<)) Welcome 2 LJ s


Thanks. I have already started the T&J’s Big Rig.

-- When you're not handsome, it pays to be handy -- Pa

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#10 posted 02-04-2021 06:58 PM

This project came out so so nice!!!

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#11 posted 02-04-2021 08:16 PM

A very nice one you have build, it looks great.


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#12 posted 02-06-2021 11:46 PM

Well Pa, that’s one beautiful truck and tanker combination, you’ve nailed the detailing.
Top marks for a job, project well done….

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

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