Toy dump truck

  • Advertise with us
Project by ayryq posted 08-10-2012 12:19 AM 1471 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a truck I made for a friend’s third birthday. It’s walnut and hard maple, with some store-bought wheels I found in my garage after my circle-cutter broke. It’s from a plan by Jim Makowicki. Finished with high-gloss polyurethane.

This was apparently one of very few non-pink gifts this little girl got for her birthday.

I’m not sure how well the hinge is going to hold; I had to shorten the screws to keep them from poking through the bed of the truck.

My F-150 is for scale.

6 comments so far

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


24557 posts in 5131 days

#1 posted 08-10-2012 12:57 AM

looks like a nice truck from here. If she doesn’t want to move mountains, she can move doll clothes ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View chopnhack's profile


375 posts in 3849 days

#2 posted 08-10-2012 01:01 AM

That’s really cool! I bet she will play with that a lot more than some of the pink stuff. Young kids love to play with things that do stuff and move. I am sure she will enjoy it, nice work. If you get a request to fix the hinge, drill out each hole on the hinge plate on the bottom and put in a machine screw. On the top side, countersink the nut. If the bed is not thick enough to cut a plug, get some veneer for plywood edging, they have white birch at home depot and use a plug cutter to make a circle. That should be strong enough :-)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

View ayryq's profile


95 posts in 3646 days

#3 posted 08-10-2012 01:45 AM

Actually, I was thinking a flat-head machine screw countersunk from the top. The flat top of the head would show—no big deal, it’s under the bed—and there’s plenty of room for a nut on the underside of the hinge. The base, by the way, is 1/2” thick, and the dump bed is 1/4”.

View MonteCristo's profile


2099 posts in 3643 days

#4 posted 08-10-2012 02:50 AM

Nice to see wooden toys still being made and used. Good job !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

View hunter71's profile


3562 posts in 4641 days

#5 posted 08-10-2012 11:46 AM

Now your hooked, more to come…...................

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

View ayryq's profile


95 posts in 3646 days

#6 posted 08-10-2012 03:49 PM

@hunter71 I’m really curious how you finish your models. This one only had a few pieces and I tried to pre-finish them, because it’s always a pain to get in all the nooks and crannies after assembly, but you have to keep the finish off the parts that need to take glue, and then you get glue squeeze out on top of your finish. On this truck I took a hybrid approach, applying one coat of polyurethane pre-assembly, and a second coat after.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics