Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue 1144404674

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue
Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue


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I make these toy trucks by hand using traditional woodworking tools. Each toy is hand-sanded and finished with acrylic paint and hand-rubbed with wax to a satin finish. My toys are all made for play, and I take great care to make sure they are as good as I can make them.

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Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue 
 
This toy pickup truck is a larger version of the Play Pal little blue truck that I have made many times, but this one has fat fenders like many vintage pickups from the early part of the 20th century. My grandfather had a green one. A Chevrolet, if I remember correctly.

 
Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue


I cut the body from construction grade 2x4 using a scroll saw. Generally speaking, this kind of lumber is not suitable for toy making. However, I watch good pieces in Lowe's or Home Depot. I look for tight grain from slow-growth trees and minimal knots. Once in a while, I find a jewel. I also have friends that do construction work that keep an eye out for good quality boards or cutoffs.

For this toy truck, I made the fenders from some 1x2 premium pine I got from the Home Depot cull lumber stack, where they sell off broken or damaged or otherwise unsaleable lumber. Most of what I see in the pile would be better used for kindling, but it is worth taking a look when you are in the store. You could get lucky.

Preparation is the key to a good-looking finish. First, I sand to shape and remove saw marks using various tools. You can't do everything with power tools. There is a lot of hand sanding that goes into the surface preparation. All of the finish sanding I do by hand,

The body of this little blue truck is painted with a brush and Navy Blue acrylic paint. I apply paint sanding between each coat. When satisfied with the smoothness and coverage, I hand-rub with wax and buff it to a satin finish. Navy Blue paint usually takes three coats of paint. The number of coats depends significantly on the particular piece of wood I am using.
The wheels are finished with amber shellac. I mount the wheels in a drill and apply shellac with a brush until the shellac stops soaking in. The sides of the wheels are end grain that can absorb a lot of finish. Sometimes the shellac will soak through the wheels, The shellac makes a nuc more durable finish than paint, and it will not rub off like flat black paint.

The hubs on the ends of the axle pegs are painted with metallic blue acrylic paint. I used to paint these with a brush, but the end grain of the pegs would soak up all of the color and leave the metallics on the surface requiring several coats to get the color correct. Now I pain the pegs by dipping them. When I dip the pegs, I let them sit in the paint for a short time, allowing the end grain to be saturated with paint. The heavy coat of paint takes longer to cure, but I only need one dip. I have never had to recoat.


Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue

Handmade Wood Toy Pickup Truck Fat Fender Freaky Ford Navy Blue





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