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Clint Metcalf

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Any saw and ten minutes each truck is all you need to build this set of trucks. Ken Smith, our Social Media Director, prototyped these using only a table saw. No drilling is required. Common 2x4's for the bodies and 1x6's for the beds and minis is all that is required. The police car upper right is finished with one coat of brushed on non-toxic food grade Walnut Oil. The oil preserves the wood, adds a beautiful glow and creates a velvet-like feel when you handle the toy. It has no odor and is a durable and lasting finish. We now use it as a replacement for Cynthia's paste wax finish.

All cuts are straight cuts and all gluing is butt-joints. You can build ten of these an hour when gang-running one style truck at a time. Using the lowest cost lumber from our local Home Depot, the big trucks cost $1.80 each including the wheels. The mini's cost 80 cents each including the wheels. The 2" wheels are from craftparts.com and in a quantity of 100 are 23 cents each. The 1" wheels on the mini's are from the same source and in quantities of 100 are 6 cents each.

Axle slots are made with the saw, not drilled. An axle plate is glued to the chassis to create the axle hole. This is a clean and fast method for creating clean axle holes. All you need to create these toys is a saw and sandpaper. Feedback is greatly appreciated.

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They also look great painted. Wood toned big trucks will blow out at Craft Shows or on Etsy at $15 each and the Mini's at $7.50 each. The painted ones will bring even more. We use 3 coats of brush-on crafts paints sanded with 220 between each dried coat. The final coat is spray-on gloss clear acrylic from crafts stores like Hobby Lobby.

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Below is John W. Lewman's original sketch for this set of toys.

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JTalbot

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That looks cool! when will the plan set be available?
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Hi Jeremy. We hope to launch the plan sets as a group by the end of next week.
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This set of trucks was a riot to design. Ken was just getting started working in his home workshop, grabbed the plans and rushed to his shop. He was back shortly with this set of unpainted prototypes. He applied walnut oil the the police car. He claims he made one of the trucks in less than 9 minutes. Wow! FYI-We have tagged the mini's "Half-Pints".
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they look good

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Those are real nice set.

I love they were made by 2 X4s.

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they look very good easy to make

flamepainter

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Nice set.They look really easy. Can't wait for the plans. Jim
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These are fantastic! They solve my Christmas present problem for my 3, 4 and 5 year old great niece and nephews. 
I'll do the saw work and sanding and box up the parts with directions for assembly and give several to each youngster. They can be the builders!

Thanks for the great idea.
Rob
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why not use 1/1/2 wheels and 3/4 for the other ones
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