Model Tri-axel Kenworth

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Project by Ryan Haasen posted 05-27-2012 12:18 AM 4913 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last Sunday my dad told me that our neighbours were getting married in six days, and asked me if I would build him a model truck. Our neighbour owns a trucking company and actually races a Kenworth and if I am not mistaken, I believe he has the second fastest truck in Canada. I have never built a model in such a small time period, but I figured I’d give it a shot. In this past week, I not only had school, but also drivers ed. every night for three hours after school. And any free time I had after school was occupied by homework. So I got up at 5:00am every morning to get some shop time in – which is not desirable for a teen. But, its finished. The frame is made out of walnut, the cab out of cherry and other parts out of maple. My dad and I went to Lee Valley this morning and picked up a Razortip wood burning system to do the writing on the back of the sleeper. It worked great although it was my first time wood burning in 3 years, so re-learning of techniques had to be explored… Anyway, he loved the truck and was very happy.

Thanks for taking a look!

-- Ryan

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#1 posted 05-27-2012 12:47 AM

You have a great future ahead of you, sir. That is very nice work from someone still in school. Keep it up! If you need wood, I would contribute.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#2 posted 05-27-2012 01:18 AM

Great job Ryan. Building someone is so much better than buying it. I am also making a truck for our friends 50th wedding anniversary.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 05-27-2012 03:22 AM

Hi Ryan.

While agree that your work is outstanding, what impressed me more is your work ethic, getting up that early to hit the shop shows more ethics that we have come to expect from your generation. I congratulate you. You have an excellent future ahead of you if you keep that up.

the little guy in Winnipeg

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 05-27-2012 03:36 AM

You have some awesome skills young fellow!

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#5 posted 05-27-2012 07:01 AM

great truck ryan

-- robert dignam

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#6 posted 05-27-2012 10:41 AM

Well done my young friend…........ Truck looks great.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 05-27-2012 12:22 PM

awes0me truck, great detail. I hope to see your stuff on my site someday!

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ for free!

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#8 posted 05-27-2012 01:21 PM

Ryan, you have done a fabulous job on the truck. It looks great. Finely crafted and such nice detail touches. All of your projects are great. You are quite talented.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 05-27-2012 03:06 PM

Incredible detail, great job. I make toy trucks as gifts for small guys, if i did them to that detail they would get trashed.

-- Jerry Miller

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Ryan Haasen

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#10 posted 05-27-2012 03:09 PM

Thanks everyone!

-- Ryan

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#11 posted 05-27-2012 04:06 PM

What a beauty. Fine detail. How do you do the wheels? That has always bothered my. I am just not sure how to do the wheels.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Ryan Haasen

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#12 posted 05-27-2012 04:12 PM

nomercadies: Thanks, I actually purchase my wheels from Toys and Joys. I do this to save me time. the only thing I have to do to the wheels is drill the holes. I did make the front wheels for this truck on my lathe, just because they are different in design from the ones you can purchase. Toys and Joys does a great job making their wheels, they are made out of maple and are always flawless. They are also cheap.

-- Ryan

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#13 posted 05-27-2012 07:41 PM

Ryan, you have done a super job on this truck. Your craftsmanship comes through loud and clear, but more importantly is what the project says about your work ethic and your big heart. Keep up the good work!


-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#14 posted 05-27-2012 09:41 PM

Thank you R.H.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#15 posted 05-29-2012 11:57 PM

Ryan truck is awesome looked at your other projects great stuff.

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