Step 5: Electronics

The electronics compartment has a key latch so no little ones can access the wiring. The electronics are 12 volt so I could buy automotive lights and have a very large selection. I chose a 12 volt power supply from superbrightleds.com as well as two pulse width modulators (PWM) to dim the lights. The LED lights a far too bright to run at 12 volts and reducing the voltage or adding a resistor does not really work that well with leds. I used two PWMs so I could selectively dim two circuits. If you do this make sure you separate the grounds too. I ran 12 volts through the fuse panel, to the key switch, to the blinks/flashers and to the two PWMs. The flasher must have a 12 volts input to work properly but the lights can run off of a different voltage and ground. All the running lights and head lights are on one circuit with the dome and cargo light on the other PWM circuit.

The dumptruck bed is really cool !! I just finished this bobcat bed for my son. Now our kids can start their own construction company!! <br>Thanks for posting . <br> Jeremy <br> Suncraftshutters.com
Do you have plans for the bobcat bed? <br>
WOW, awesome. Kids will remember these when they are older! I made a Jeep Willy for my son and making a castle for my daughter.
<p>Thanks for the inspiration. My boy loves his new dumptruck bed!</p>
<p>Great job man! and the painting too, you are an artist! Congratulations</p>
<p>This is so awesome, now I want a boy so my husband can make this for him.</p>
<p>looks amazing! i love the electrical part with the light, it really ties it together and makes it look complete! great work!</p>
Nice job on the loader I thought it was a sticker in the first picture
<p>Great Job!! This one I will do for Grandson number 2. Here is a train bed I made this Christmas for my 2 1/2 year old grandson. </p>
<p>hey... from Norway, so some terms are not known... for example.. what dhould i be searching for, in order to fint the lights/lamps for the truck on ebay? :)</p><p>btw... awsome work! :D</p>
<p>This is awesome! how about a matching forklift &amp; pallet table? Have you considered using the house insulation hard-foam boards to model the details such as the wheels? They should be rugged enough (providing that they are not load-bearing) and it would prove a lot quicker &amp; easier than mdf. They can be a problem to paint but I'm sure fellow instructablers (is that a real word?) would be able to provide solutions.</p>
With regards to sticky paint, I wonder if a flatter pant with an over coat of gloss spray acrylic would help.
<p>Yes the flatter paint would help but takes away from the look of a vehicle. I found that door and cabinet paint works good. I did this on my daughters castle bed. It only took 1 week to dry.</p>
<p>Utterly superb!</p>
If only the good Lord had given me boys.
First and foremost, my compliments! I have to agree with you in going overboard for your kids. I have a DIY tree house that I pitched to my wife as being less than a store bought piece of junk. Well full power, bead board soffit, 30 year shingles, and vinyl windows later, I'm in about 2500. This is by far and away the best bed/toy/room paint I have ever seen. Great job!
You should have a step to step instruction guide, people would pay money for it, nice work.
First of all - Thank you! This is amazing! I have been searching for sometime and this is perfect for my truck and frontloader crazy son. Secondly - thank you for posting such a detailed description, it is very inspiring! Lastly - I don't have the time, tools or space to do such project. Are you up for round two? I'd like to discuss this with you. <br>Tom
wow. You've got some MAD woodworking skills!
Sweet! I want one!
Dude, that thing is off the Chain! Awesome job! I so want to build one now! (my son is 4) I built my daughter a pedal airplane years ago... Anyhow, nice job!
i want one where do i order or buy stuff to get it?
I want this for my son! how do i get it?
Can you tell me how you beveled the edges of the front fender over the wheels and the wheels themselved (to give them a more rounded look)?
You&rsquo;re probably not going to like the answer, I sanded them. I couldn&rsquo;t figure out an easier way to do it with my tool collection. I used a 4 inch belt sander with 80 grit sand paper. It goes relatively fast but it makes a lot of dust. The fenders I just went slow and sculpted them into the shape. For the tire it was a little more dangerous. I bolted the wheel to a fence post though the center with a lag bolt. Holding the belt sander tangent to the wheel while sanding spins the wheel. Then by angling the sander towards the axis I slowed the wheel to a manageable speed. It took about 10 to 15 minutes per tire. You could use a lazy susan instead. And again it makes a ton of dust. Good luck.
Thanks for your help. And nice work on your truck bed. I decided to make a train bed, here it is: https://www.instructables.com/id/Train-Bed/
Here is pic:
Wow! That is the most amazing children's bed that I have ever seen.<br><br>Well Done.<br><br>You have inspired me to do something for my kids too.<br><br>Great Job.<br><br>
How much do you think this ran you in materials? It's amazing I really want to build one for my boy.
The bed cost was about $430 dollars without the electronics and steering column /wheel. This is a little pricey but worth every penny when you see your son's smile. <br><br>Good luck!
absolutely it was worth every penny. The craftsmanship is probably almost impossible to duplicate and the painting.... fugetaboutit! It really doesn't seem that much when you look at the price of most kids stuff.
That is seriously one of the coolest things I have ever seen... I have to do this for my son!!!
Okay... that's the coolest thing. I am impressed.
Awesome. My son wouldn't go to sleep until he passed out form exhaustion.
so what did you use for a 12V power source?
I'm using a WPS-12VDC-60W water proof power supply I got from superbrightleds.com. It is a little over kill but my thought is that I could power future accessories.
Can't sleep... dump truck will eat me.
wow very very impressive, i hope you build more
you are an artist, my friend. nice work.
That is a simply awesome job that you did I also thought that the loader was a vinyl poster. A very good job well done (I think that Norm Abrams would be impressed) on both aspects of the project. I hope your son gets many many good years of use out of this one<br>All the Best to you<br>Dan
I WISH I had seen this before giving IKEA another &pound;200. It's totally great and your son's a lucky lad.
Wonderfull!!! Very very wonderfull work!
Totally awsome... MDF is great and horrible to work with. I had almost the exact same garage setup as you. (even the same garage door)<br><br>I did a castle bed for my daughter about 6yrs ago. Lots of vertical storage. I had big plans of door fronts and big roll out drawers for the headboard and footboard towers. The bed has a metal trundle pullout bed underneath.
Sweet castle bed! I'm planning on making my daughter something like this. I have plenty of time to design it before she will be moving out of her crib.
This is a fantastic bed! Will you be building one for your other children as well?
Thanks for your comment and yes I will be making my daughter a bed. She is only 9 months old so I need to wait to see what she likes. Maybe a castle or who knows maybe a pink dump truck ;)
That bed is so awesome! If my dad made me one like that when I was a kid, I'd still be sleeping in it in my 20s! Awesome instructable!
&quot;Your bed is a car.&quot;<br> <br> &quot;Yeah its a sweet car&quot;<br>
Wow! That's awesome! I thought you bought a vinyl backdrop for the wall, it's even more incredible knowing that you painted that yourself, on top of the rest of this build. Amazing work, and I hope the little one loves it!

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