29 Ford AA Stake Bed

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Project by toyguy posted 04-29-2008 07:13 PM 10950 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Project:

Inspired by fellow LumberJock, Romansfivefive’s project “Delta Tool Truck” I thought I would try my hand at an early thirties era, AA Stake Truck. This one is built from the Toys and Joys” plan number 82 and is constructed of walnut, oak and cherry with a little bit of western red cedar.(seat and grill) The wheels and head lights (birch I think) were purchased locally and then altered to suit my needs. The door badges are water transfer decals produced on my inkjet printer. The cargo is doll house furniture cabinets I found at Michaels, and stained with some Min Wax that was hanging around the shop. The scale of this project is approximately 1/12 which makes it 18 inches long by 7 inches wide and 6 inches tall. Finished with a few coats of high gloss, rattle can lacquer. Estimated time to complete the project is probably in the 30- 40 hour range, over about the last 6 weeks.

The Story:

Over the past few months it has been a bit of a challenge for me to find some shop time. My 87 year old mother was taken ill this past winter. As a result of this illness, along with the fact that she has not been in the best of shape anyway, she has come to the realization that she is no longer going to be able to stay in her home of almost 60 years. For her this has been devastating.

To fully understand my intentions here, some history must be mentioned. My older brother passed away late in 2002 of heart disease, at the young age of 52. As you may well understand, this was a very dramatic time in the Graham family. For my Dad, who was starting to fail himself, it was just too much. By early 2005, Mom lost her husband of 58 years.

Now you must understand that my Dad was a woodworker. I would venture to say that almost every thing that both my brother and I know about wood work was learned from my Dad. Our home was almost entirely furnished from pieces he had constructed. In fact, the whole house was built by my Dad. After he returned from the war, he purchased a piece of property under the GI bill; got married and built the home my mother has been in ever since.

With this understanding, you can see why it is so devastating for my Mom to leave. However she is a real trooper. In fact I think she is getting very excited about the move. We have found her a nice little assisted living retirement apartment not to far from her home. Here she will get all her meals, care and the companionship she is missing and needs. The draw back is trying to fit 60 years of collecting into a 500 square foot residence. Giving up the house is hard enough, but giving up some of her possessions, especially the ones that Dad and my bother made is even tougher. Some hard decisions had to be made.

At this point in time, the house has been sold. New homes for most of her processions have been found and Mom will be moving into her new place on May 1st. That brings me to the reason for my project. First let me tell you that there never was a “Graham and Sons” woodwork shop. Not on the commercial side anyway. But I thought that was a nice touch for my project. This truck load of Graham built cabinets is being delivered in a Graham built truck: to my Mom just in time for Mother’s Day.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#1 posted 04-29-2008 07:29 PM

i have three of those on the go been working on them for about three years now. i have no time because of a young familly. great work keep it up.

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#2 posted 04-29-2008 07:49 PM

splendid truck. congratulations for work

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#3 posted 04-29-2008 08:32 PM

Awesome family heirloom!

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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Callum Kendall

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#4 posted 04-29-2008 08:41 PM

Great work!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 04-29-2008 08:51 PM

Your mother’s going to love it.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#6 posted 04-29-2008 09:02 PM

Fantastic truck and a great story, Brian. Best of luck with your mom and the move.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 04-29-2008 10:42 PM


This is a gorgeous truck and you did a wonderful job on it.

Thanks for the post and thanks for the story behind it. It is difficult for everyone involved when we have to assume the role of caregiver for aging parents. I wish you and your family nothing but the best.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 04-30-2008 01:18 AM

A very nice job Brian. I have made a few of them. I like the cargo Idea,makes it look like a real truck. Keep up the good work.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#9 posted 04-30-2008 03:13 AM

Exquisite detail and design. Thank you posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 04-30-2008 03:15 AM

wow thats cool. i love how you payed so much attention to detail. it is a wonderful truck. I’m sure that Mr. Ford would have been proud to own that. thanks for the post.

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#11 posted 04-30-2008 04:34 AM

Great looking truck. My prayers are with you and your mother on this change in her life.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 04-30-2008 05:05 AM

Great work and meaningful to boot. Kudos to you and prayers for you all.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#13 posted 04-30-2008 12:52 PM

A couple of you have asked me about the making of decals on an ink jet printer:

If you didn’t see it, check out the blog from Kerux making decals for his pens…..

This is almost the same process I use… But I do use different paper and finishing.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#14 posted 04-30-2008 01:18 PM

Great looking truck and great story .Nice work toyguy !!!

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#15 posted 04-30-2008 03:52 PM

Brian, again a wonderful job. I particularly like this one for some reason. The detailing is awesome and the wood selection perfect. You are the “Toy Master” [Grin]. Exceptional work.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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