I have found it very hard...
Posted January 29, 2013
I have found it very hard to make the radiator. I do not have a scroll saw, as it suggests. also find it strange in how to mount the headlights. Worst of all using dado cuts for the floor to secure the sides seems a bit odd.
Mighty fine 1-1/4" steering wheel.
Posted December 12, 2010
Mighty fine 1-1/4" steering wheel.
First off, the door itself is...
Posted November 18, 2010
First off, the door itself is great and operates smoothly. So, here are my comments:1 The truck plan isn't very good. To be honest it would be easier just building the truck from just copying the picture rather than following the plan.2 Like stated below the headlights aren't really correct regardless of the editor's comment below stating that the tenon should just be cut and the side of the headlight drilled for a dowel. I chose not to install them. I felt like they would potentially get broken off as I think my son will actually play with the truck.
I am in the process of...
Posted December 1, 2009
I am in the process of building - everything going according to plan (excuse the pun) which I downloaded. Yeah it is not to scale -but hey building a woodworking project is an adventure and figuring things out about the project is part of the process. I have to admit that I spent about 20 minutes enlarging the plans using the vertical measurement of the truck side as a guide - when I went to attach it to the blank it was about 4 inches short - LOL.My wife suggests we paint it for the niece and nephew - so much for the cherry I re sawed but kids do not appreciate the wood or respect the wood - as Larry David said in a recent show. When completed I will send a pix - I will paint it prior to assembly - going to one of those craft stores for ideas on decoration. Will seal the wood with de-waxed shellac prior to painting. I hope I do not have to report to the Feds as I am building a toy.
I recently (Mar. 27, 2009) retired...
Posted August 19, 2009
I recently (Mar. 27, 2009) retired and built myself a hobby shop. I equipped the shop with a new table saw, planer, drill press, new router table, compound miter-saw, cabinet makers work bench, dust collector, and a small wood lathe. A metal lathe and small mill will be my next additions. My third non-repair project was this mailbox bank truck. I downloaded the plan many months ago and finally purchased the mailbox door this past July. I also purchased the wheels and headlights listed below it. In addition I purchased the small steering wheel sold by Rockler. With all the required materials in hand I set to work following the instructions noted in the downloaded plan. Everything was fine until it came to the headlights. I noticed that the instructions called for ¾ diameter headlights and the ones I had purchased were 3/8 . I therefore assumed that the instructions were correct and turned my on ¾ lights on my lathe. The results were good and I think it looks better then the one pictured with Rockler's mailbox. Another alteration (customization) to the plan was the radiator. It called for a piece of fiber glass patching mesh but since I did not have that in stock I substituted a piece of black sandpaper (80 grit) for the mesh. I think it turned out excellent. When I got to installing the door it fit like a glove. The only problem (minor) that I had was driving the screws that hold the door in. The door opening restricts access to the screw heads and they had to be driven in at a slight angle. Like I indicated it was a minor problem and does not affect the look or function of the truck/bank. I was also a mildly disappointed in the door in that it is suppose to be solid brass (certainly weighs like it) but it has been painted entirely with a brass colored paint. Given these minor issues, if you are looking for a nice project that results in a high sense of accomplishment plus makes a great gift, I highly recommend the door for use with Rockler's plan. It also makes a nice replica of a stand alone mail box.