Introduction: Monster Truck

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We've been building Monster Trucks in my middle-school wood shop for a number of years. This is a great project that challenges students to be able to follow a long and detailed set of instructions while learning some new techniques (like cutting tire treads on a table saw). It's also a great project that encourages creativity as the look of the finished truck is only limited by a student's imagination.

Step 1: Building the Wheels

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We start this project by building the wheels. 4 wheels, each made with 2 discs, equals 8 disks in total. They start out as rough cut discs which are then drilled and then disc sanded using a simple jig, so that each disc is exactly the same size.

Step 2: Building the Wheels

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Once all the discs are round, we round over one edge using a router table then we cut the treads. This is done using the table saw and a simple jig. The jig, a modified mitre gauge with a dowel fixed to its front, allows the disc to be rotated incrementally while the treads are cut. The discs are then glued together with alternating tread patterns. To finish, they are drilled and routered.

Step 3: Building the Body

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Once the wheels are made, we set out to building the body of the truck. Each body begins as a simple stack of built-up pine. We then add side profile pieces (allowing the box to be formed on the back), a front grill/bumper and a tailgate. When the body is built, we add in wheel hubs to support those massive tires!

Step 4: Accessorizing!

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This is the fun part! This is where students get to be creative with what their finished monster truck will look like. As you can see, their finished products are pretty amazing.

Comments

That's pretty rad!

derkt7 (author)2017-02-06

I would love to make this, is there more detailed plans avaliable?

random_builder (author)2017-01-20

Congrats on grand prize! It deserved to win because this is a good project! I think it would make a great fit in the homemade gifts contest.

dale1952 (author)2017-01-19

Congratulations on winning the grand prize. Excellent project.

manuelmasc (author)2017-01-19

congrats for winning the grand prize!! your trucks look amazing!

Skyfinder (author)2017-01-19

Congratulations for win the grand prize, anyway... You won it thanks to weels? :/ I didn't deserve the grand prize, because I saw other projects more detailed and complicated, made by people without professional hardware and they are full toys. Yes, the truck is nice, well done, but is a truck with cool wheels...The instructable is made with a dozen shoots and 4 step :/ Yes, I'm a little disappointed, for respect to mine and other works... :(

wannabemadsci (author)2017-01-16

Congratulations on being a finalist in the Wooden Toys Challenge!

CarlinC1 (author)2017-01-15

Wow those are amazing :)
Thanks for sharing it with us, and I'm glad to see someone is teaching skills to the students. My favorite classes were shop, its good to have a base of skills before you get to the real world! Well Done!

chienline (author)2017-01-15

Whoa!! My kids will love joining your class. I love the whells most, but all those Monster are amazing. Thank you for sharing :D

mpulliam1 (author)2017-01-07

This is one of my favorites. I would love to see an expanded version, with a parts list; tool list; perhaps some measurements. I would love to do this with my kids and friends/family in a work shop type setting.

mikeasaurus (author)2017-01-03

I love wood toys like this. :)

spatial guy (author)2017-01-03

G'day,

What a great job!

Those tyres are very clever! So are the guards and the way the grain falls on the windscreen!!

Aside:

[Don't forget that type of tread (called agricultural tread here in Oz) is directional. Your rear tyres are on correctly and the fronts should go the same way. "Arrows forward". This is a bit niggly and doesn't detract in any way from the great job you have done!!]

Cheers

seamster (author)2017-01-03

Excellent work! I love the method used to make the wheels. Going to log that trick away for future use - thanks!! ;)

handmadewithashley (author)2017-01-01

that's awesome! I love the details in the wheels

formattedmind (author)2016-12-31

gr8 jop its wonderful

briciius (author)2016-12-31

First test wheel done ;). Thx for the tip

KarloHorcicka (author)2016-12-31

That looks awesome. If I were You, I wouldn't gift it

DanL63 (author)2016-12-30

nice details!

briciius (author)2016-12-30

i LOOOOOOOOOOVE the wheels !! i should have do that for my wood car !

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