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Project by jeffswildwood posted 02-24-2022 01:32 AM 711 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I got a request for my little post office box door trucks. The only thing is she wanted five of them! Of coarse I took the order but I had no idea what I was getting into. Making five of these was far more detail work then I anticipated. I was just glad she said “no hurry, just when ever you get them done”. That turned out to be about seven months. By the time I found doors, visited the lumber yard, got all the wood needed, cut and planed to 3/4, 1/2, 3/8 and 1/4 before I could actually start, a lot of time passed before I could even start working on the trucks. Not to mention other projects that popped up during that time. But I finally finished them.

I made a nice assortment this time. I made one from ambrosia maple with walnut trim. I also made two from quilted (curly) maple with walnut trim and two from oak with walnut trim. All five have brass accents on the steering post and cab posts. I really like the way the assortment came out but one disappointment, I bought wheels this time instead of making my own. The look okay but it’s a pride thing. All five are finished with danish oil.

It may be a long time before I attempt an order like this again, but when your having fun working on a project, what can you say!

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





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#1 posted 02-24-2022 01:37 AM

Nice trucks, Jeff! And a happy customer, too. Good job!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 02-24-2022 01:46 AM

Don’t worry about not making the wheels yourself Jeff, 7 months is long enough and she won’t know the difference.
They look great and I think you make them better every time you make one. Nice details too!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#3 posted 02-24-2022 01:53 AM

That’s a lot of work, but there are 5 times as many happy recipients!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 02-24-2022 01:57 AM

Cool little trucks jww...


... turned out to be about seven months…
- jeffswildwood

Don’t know about Yankeeland, however, here in Australia that’s about how long it takes to deliver a posted mail.

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

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#5 posted 02-24-2022 02:04 AM

Looks great, and very nicely scaled for size.

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#6 posted 02-24-2022 02:23 AM

Another great group. Those really do look fun to make.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 02-24-2022 02:35 AM

What great trucks!! Neat that they are the same, but different.

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#8 posted 02-24-2022 02:39 AM

You did a fantastic job. Such nice wood and great job on the details.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#9 posted 02-24-2022 03:34 AM

Sweet little trucks, they all look wonderful with the chosen woods. Well done.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#10 posted 02-24-2022 06:34 AM

I have made a bunch of the mail trucks and safe boxes. You can see them on my site. I was able to locate the stick on label and coin slot on eBay. Adds a little class to the truck. I give the ones I made to friends. I wouldn’t even know what to charge for one. The doors are about $25 each and the coin slot was about $7. They are a fun little project and who can stop with only one. Look at all the scrap wood you can use up. Great job on the trucks, by the way.

-- Can you skin griz pilgrim? Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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#11 posted 02-24-2022 08:24 AM

A nice project.

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#12 posted 02-24-2022 11:52 AM

no shame about the wheels, the rest of the truck (s) more than makes up for a slight indescretion. lol
A really nice group of trucks – congrats

-- 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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#13 posted 02-24-2022 12:49 PM

Thanks for all the comments everyone.


I have made a bunch of the mail trucks and safe boxes. You can see them on my site. I was able to locate the stick on label and coin slot on eBay. Adds a little class to the truck. I give the ones I made to friends. I wouldn t even know what to charge for one. The doors are about $25 each and the coin slot was about $7. They are a fun little project and who can stop with only one. Look at all the scrap wood you can use up. Great job on the trucks, by the way.

- FestusHaagen

Thanks buddy. I did go and look at yours. They are wonderful! Your model making is top notch. I noticed you changed the original plans the same as I did. I too have given them as gifts.

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

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#14 posted 02-24-2022 01:26 PM

Very nice detail , great postal convoy !

-- Do it with your heart in it.........keep sanding

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#15 posted 02-24-2022 01:27 PM

Everything that’s been said…plus 1

Gary

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