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Project of the Week: An oversize load of do-it-yourself fun

Don and Dave Runyan offer plans for carpentry projects.
BY Don and Dave Runyan Published: May 13, 2013

If you have a child (or grandchild), you probably know that there's something about big, noisy construction equipment that's irresistible to kids. If your little one loves big machines, now you can deliver an oversize load of do-it-yourself fun with this dump truck pedal car project.

Designed with 3- to 7-year-olds in mind, the dump truck combines smooth pedal-power and a sturdy frame with a working steering mechanism and dump box. Required materials for the project include two sheets of plywood, a small quantity of dimensional lumber, two steel rods, two pieces of flat steel stock wheels, a few pieces of hardware and some paint.

Construction is simple enough for most woodworkers. First, cut out the pieces (most are traced from full-size patterns), sand and assemble using glue and nails. Next, install the steering mechanism, pedals and crankshaft. Finally, attach the dump box. Details like plywood “headlights” and a bold yellow-and-black paint job complete the project.

The completed truck measures 45 inches long by 20 inches wide by 28 inches tall. The Dump Truck Pedal Car plan, No. 682, is $9.95 and includes complete step-by-step directions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, construction diagrams, a shopping list and a toll-free help line for project questions.

A package of three pedal cars, No. C143, is $22.95 and includes plans for the dump truck plus a pedal-powered police car and a fire truck pedal car. A free catalog picturing dozens of projects is also available. Please include $4 per order for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by credit card, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at


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