Truck/Coin Bank

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Project by Wood Studios posted 03-13-2014 02:47 AM 3687 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this truck for one of my grandson’s using the free plans available on Rockler’s website. The US Post Office door was purchased on eBay from a retailer that restores the doors to near perfection. Because my grandson who is only 4 years old likes mechanical things, I added an exhaust system and a gasoline tank. The tank also provides a place for the combination to the door lock. The hardwoods include cherry, black walnut, red oak and maple. I purchased the wheels, steering wheel and headlamps from Woodworks, Ltd at The axles are anchored in the axle housing with 1/8” diameter solid brass rods that were threaded to receive a brass nut. The nut was solder to the rod so it would not come off while my “tinkering” grandson checked it out. If the axles break, the rod can be pulled from the housing and the axle or wheel can be replaced. The exhaust pipe and gasoline intake are made of solid brass tubing that I was able to bend with heat. The radiator grill was made from plastic window screen and while I was putting the finish on the truck, I noticed the screening was coming loose on the sides so I added the 1/8” thick piece of plastic to keep the screen material secured. The radiator cap is a clock part that I purchased from Klockit in Wisconsin. It took some time to build but it was a fun project.

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 04:24 AM

Luv the truck as I am sure the grandson will too.

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 10:04 AM

Great idea , its the best toy bank that l’ve seen.

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#3 posted 03-13-2014 01:39 PM

Super truck and very well thought out. I have a PO Box door sitting around,,,,

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 03-13-2014 07:40 PM

Nicely done all the way!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 03-14-2014 03:35 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done. Thanks for Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 03-14-2014 11:17 AM

Great build. A favorite style of mine.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 03-14-2014 04:14 PM

Great idea! Nicely done!

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#8 posted 03-14-2014 05:44 PM

Verry nice toy bank. I think it will be verry stimulative for him to save some money in it..

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 03-20-2014 09:21 AM

That is one super nice look toy and I’m very sure your grandson will have many hours of fun and play, BUT it looks so well made it may become a family heirloom….. top job, sir….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#10 posted 03-20-2014 01:28 PM

Super coin bank! Cool design with a lot of great features, I’m sure he loves it. Great job!

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