The first project out of the workshop is proving to be fun (aren’t they all?) being a tip truck that I am making (and designing as I go). It is meant to be for a magazine article, but with the combination of trying to get the shed functional, demands of work, and family, I might have missed the deadline. Never-the-less, it was good to be ‘forced’ to get back to what the workshop is really about. Murdering electrons while making sawdust.
It has been a great little project to commission the SawStop on, and that has been fun in itself (as my previous post eluded to).
Making something out of your head is always an interesting evolution – lots of contemplation working out what is needed next, some false starts, but all in all, successful
Given (from the title), it is a tip truck, I needed wheels, and although you can make a round wheel on a tablesaw, I don’t see it being a good practice. SawStop or no, I’m not sticking my hand that close to any spinning blade. Instead, I went to my old trusted solution – wheel cutting bits from Carb-i-tool. I initially made them all the same size, but the front just looked wrong, so they were made with a larger diameter cutter. The rear wheels were made thick (about 30mm thick), so after the drill press, I headed over to the bandsaw to roughly cut the wheels free, then to the Comet lathe and the pen mandrel as it happens, to finish the job. As a system it worked well, and the tip of a skew chisel was used to cut grooves around the circumference as tread.
The truck is still “rough and ready” – it’d take about the same amount of time to finish it (which is normal for a project, I find).
I stuck with my standard principle (that I try to apply as often as is practicable) that it is only wood and glue (axles and all).
It will be pretty durable too, but as the weakest component are the axles (both on the wheels and also the tray), and they are simply dowel, easily repaired. I think it is always good to consider damage and repairability when making kids toys – you want something that will last the distance, even if there are a few repairs required along the way.