toys for my nephews

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Project by emart posted 12-22-2012 08:50 AM 1336 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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its been a while since I cleaned up my shop and got a project done so what else should i do but build an entire fleet of toys

I decided this year to build each of my 3 nephews a set of toys for christmas. they would each get a big rig with a trailer that is towing a small pickup and a car. Once i finish the pickups i will add them to this post. you have no idea how hard it is to get all 18 wheels to touch the ground at the same time. just like the other ones they are made from 2×3s for the smaller toys and 2×4s for the tractor trailer. the tractor trailer is about 18” and the cars and trucks are 6” and i will add some rails to hold the cars in place later on.

One thing I seem to forget is how long it takes me to build these. For something so cheap and simple they take forever!

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#1 posted 12-22-2012 10:18 AM

It doesn’t look that simple to me. Great job on these.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-22-2012 10:27 AM

Usually the first one’s of a new project seem to take forever. You did a great job and I bet you’re with me that a smile on a kids face is rewiring enough that time in the shop doesn’t matter anyway.

-- Whoever finds mistakes can keep them. English is a foreign language to me.

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#3 posted 12-22-2012 10:36 AM

well this actually isnt the first time I have built toys of this design. it just takes forever since all these parts have to be sanded and child-proofed. and then assembled and sanded again, and again, and again

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#4 posted 12-22-2012 12:09 PM

Well worth the time spent as they will last forever.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 12-22-2012 03:31 PM

Those look great – where did you get the patterns – PLEASE

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#6 posted 12-22-2012 06:24 PM

Very nice they will love them

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#7 posted 12-22-2012 09:39 PM

@ jerrells there is no real pattern i used i just reverse engineered something i found on etsy and made it fit the 2×4s i used. the only hard part is putting the bevels on the hood. the best way is to either use a jig on a tablesaw or use a radial arm saw and cut 2 of them at a time. you cut a length of wood double the length of one hood and then cut the bevels on both sides. after that i cut them in half and add the cab on top

i found the best looking bevel angle is 22.5 degrees

and when i want to make more usually i just keep one of each car unassembled and use them as patterns for my next batch. as long as you use the same pattern every time it stays pretty consistent

the tricky part is getting my drill press to cooperate and drill the holes straight enough that the wheels all touch the ground at the same time(i need to build some jigs for this)

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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