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Project by MasterSergeant posted 03-19-2013 10:01 AM 2466 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Our 5 year old grandson Cooper was the drive on the design and making of this fleet of cars and trucks. I wanted more detail but he would have no part of that, he drew the outline in sawdust of what he wanted them to look like. We used repurposed wood mostly from the neighbors old deck. The wheels are plywood plugs from a yard tool storage unit I made last fall. Cooper learned how to hold a paintbrush and proper painting technique. We painted with acrylic paints with a final coat of enamel spray for shine.
On some of the semi trailer I used the “bandsaw box” technique to get the hollowed out look.

I will add, Cooper learned patients! A rare lesson in our times, it took several visits to finish this project. With each visit we would establish what we wanted to accomplish and work to that end. Sometimes we were successful and a few times we fell short, life is not always perfect there are wins and losses.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 10:21 AM

Nice work
Wouldnt expect anything less from a Master Sergeant! Regards

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 10:29 AM

Very Nice, don’t we all wish modern kids could be happy with toys like this!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 12:25 PM

GREAT Project Kelly. Your grandson will get many hours of pleasure from these. Kudos for you letting him pick the designs and making his thoughts a reality. Could be one of his best heir looms. When my son was about 5 my father inlaw made his grandsons a train set and they played with them alot and that train now sits on a small shelf in our hallway to be passed on again.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 03-19-2013 12:54 PM

Great job on the trucks, and a super job of working with the youngster. You taught him good things take time and effort.

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 02:53 PM


-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 04:17 PM

I love cars like these. My son has a whole fleet as well. They have stayed favorite toys for much longer then anything with batteries.

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#7 posted 03-19-2013 08:16 PM

can be hard to keep a 5 yr. old’s attention…nice and he will always remember this…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#8 posted 03-20-2013 12:33 AM

Great job, many hours of creative fun that will last a lifetime.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 03-21-2013 04:23 PM

Beautiful and fun toys! Like the colors and you have one great little helper in there. Great project to spend quality time with grandson.

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