Wooden Flatbed Truck

This wooden truck was the first toy I made.

The plans were taken from a Book by Les Neufeld called, "Tremendous Toy Trucks".

Flatbed Truck









Les' book contained the plans and building instructions for 12 great looking wooden trucks. This flatbed was one of three, which shared the same cab construction. There was also a tow truck and tipper truck in the same series.

Initially I thought the design might be too ambitious for my wood working skills but the models were surprisingly simple to make - even for a novice.

However in terms of tooling a band-saw and a sanding disc/belt were very useful, if not essential for neat construction.









The wheels were purchased parts and were 2" in diameter. They were ordered from Woodworks Craft Supplies


The timber used for the main construction was Walnut.









The designs by Les were very clever; for example the cab sides were cut on the band-saw, before the 2 windscreen panels. When this cut face, was then used as a datum for cutting the 2 windscreen panels, the panels automatically made the correct angle to each other.

The image on the left shows a completed cab profile on the band saw table to show how the windscreen angles are formed. There are many more clever idea like this in Les' book.









Paper templates from the book were copied to cut the more complicated profiles like the ones used to make the wheel arches.

The image on the right shows one of the wheel arches completed and another one ready to be cut. The templates were secured using a paper glue stick.









The designs also had a nice mix of toy and model characteristics. They were tough enough to be toys and yet had enough details to be models.

This truck was the first piece of wood work I ever did and so it was not perfect. The wood was left unfinished because the walnut sanded to give a beautifully smooth surface However a varnish or oil should be used of the truck was to go outdoors.




This final image shows the truck outside with the optional sides fitted. The sides were left unglued so that they could be removed for carrying different loads.

Another neat feature was the short dowels on the underside of the flat bed. These could be use to attach rubber bands to secure the load on to the deck.

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