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Old 11-10-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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Default Sorry, been absent..and here's what I've been doing

So sorry all. I have been away too long.....far too long.

I have been busy in the meantime. Here is one of the projects I have been working on. This was a B-day present for the son of the wonderful lady that watches my daughters after school. I am planning on something similar for his brother in the next month or so.


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Wow, that is a great looking truck.
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Very nice! What wood did you use? I am thinking about doing some wooden toys also, just not sure what wood I want to use yet. The book recommends pine... but I don't really like cutting pine much. Then again... it is cheep.

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Wow fantasic work! Can I ask what are you using to hook the tractor to the trailer?? Rare earth magnets?
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Wow fantasic work! Can I ask what are you using to hook the tractor to the trailer?? Rare earth magnets?
The Magnets are a very nice thought...but it is much simpler. Just a Dowel pressed into the trailer with a receiver drilled into the tail end of the tractor. You can see where the receiver is by the donut placed there.
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Very nice! What wood did you use? I am thinking about doing some wooden toys also, just not sure what wood I want to use yet. The book recommends pine... but I don't really like cutting pine much. Then again... it is cheep.

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For wood, there are LOTS of varieties.

Primarily, the sides of the tractor and trailer are 1/4" figured maple. The woodcrafter nearby had a nice sale on it. It was originally cut for guitar faces, but the figuring wasn't exactly right, so it was turned over to them.
The contrasting redish wood is Pauduk.
The front bumper, fenders and I think a few more pieces are Red-Oak.
The main "beam under the Tractor and Trailer are cut from some cedar I had.
All the round pieces are just plain dowel..not positive if they are pine or hickory
The wheels I bought online. Once again, I believe they are pine.

The challenge was there are so many different thickness of wood used. I don't have a planer but do have a table saw. I tried to match thickness with wood I already had lying around from various projects.

Hope this helps.
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