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Hey guys! It’s officially the last month of 2017. Seriously, how did that happen?!?! I don’t know. It some how sneaks up on me every year. At the end of each summer I get this great plan in my head to start knocking out my Christmas list. The first of December rolls around and I’m like well crap, I did it again! 25 days until Christmas and I have exactly 0 presents. Well not this year my friends!! Today I am proud to say that I actually have 2 presents!! Can I get a woot woot!! One of them is my favorite type of presents…DIY!
If you are a DIY fan I think it’s a safe guess that you probably know Ana White. Each year Ana and Jaime from JaimeCostiglio.com do a series called The Handmade Holidays. This series is my jam, y’all!! Last year I made this crib mattress sectional from the series and I have blogged about this American Girl doll closet. I even made these cute little wooden cars. And by made I mean cut them out and then forgot them in the closet…wheel-less…for literally years haha. Maybe I’ll end up finishing them one year. Big big maybe haha. But let’s not focus on what I didn’t finish. Let’s focus on what I did finish! You can get the free plans from Ana’s site but I’ll share some pictures of the build. Are you ready? Let’s get started.
Cut out all of your pieces. When I build furniture I cut as I go just in case anything gets a little bit off but this time I did it all to begin with and it worked out fine.
Once all of your pieces are cut you will want to cut out the cab pieces using your jigsaw. I used a few other pieces of wood to get my spacing how I wanted it.
Once you get it all drawn out clamp your piece to your work bench and cut it out.
Once you have the first side cut you’ll want to sand it.
Once you get it sanded you can use it as a template for the second piece.
At this point I went ahead and sanded everything. With all the small pieces it’s much easier to do it before assembly. Also, I was doing paint and stain so it just made more sense. I stained the bed sides with Minwax Special Walnut. For the rest of the truck I used some black chalk paint. I sanded that down with my Ryobi corner cat sander.
I really wanted an old worn out antique look to the truck so distressing it was a great choice. Also, it will make me not want to cry when my son does something to ruin the paint 5 minutes after I give it to him haha. I used Amy Howard Dark Wax on the whole thing once the paint was dry.
It took it from looking okay (and feeling gross! I hate the feeling of chalk paint haha) to looking great and feeling like I want to rub it on my face. Is that weird? Mmmmkay, let’s move on than…
Now that you have the worst part over (who else loathes sanding??) it’s time to assemble this bad boy! Ana’s blog has the order and spacing you need to put it all together. I used some DAP glue and my Ryobi Nailer to assemble the whole thing. When you have the truck assembled it’s time to add the wheels. I have some Weaber Lumber and thought it would be perfect for the wheels! I used a 2.5″ hole saw to cut out the wheels. The plan calls for bigger wheels but I had the hole saw on hand so this was easy and I’m L-A-Z-Y!
Once you’re done cutting them out just give them a little sanding around the edges with a sanding sponge then glue and nail them to the truck. Now you’re dunzo!
I absolutely LOVE how this turned out. I can’t wait to see it in my kiddo’s room with all of his favorite Lightning McQueen books haha. And I honestly think I will be making another one for myself for Christmas decorations next year. So, what are you building this year? I have a few more items on my to do list. Let’s hope I get finished before Christmas! Thanks for stopping by and if you like it I would love for you to pin this cutie!