Woodworking company celebrates 90 years with vintage Chevy truck banks

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Woodcraft Supply offers a limited-edition 1928 Chevrolet National AB pickup truck die-cast bank | Woodcraft Supply photos

Does Dad drive a Chevy pickup truck? If so, here’s something to consider for his Father’s Day present: 

Woodcraft Supply, which happily claims to be one of America’s oldest and largest suppliers of woodworking tools, supplies and plans, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year by producing a 1/25th scale model of Chevrolet’s 1928 National AB pickup truck. The model also serves as a bank for coins.

Open the tool box to insert coins

The truck was introduced as George Eaton and Richard Merrill were launching their Woodcraft business in a one-room shop in Boston, where they sold new and rebuilt industrial woodworking machinery to cabinetmakers and to schools.

“Our truck bank design is reminiscent of the 4-cylinder 1928 Chicago National AB Pickup,” Woodcraft product development manager Kent Harpool said in a news release. “It featured 4-wheel mechanical brakes and an increased length (107-inch wheelbase) to make room for the 6-cylinder engines already in the planning stages.”

In 1939, Chevrolet introduced its new International Series AC Light Delivery Truck, the first with an overhead valve 6-cylinder engine and steel disc wheels rather than wood rim. 

Key opens the vault

The Woodcraft model Chevy is a limited-edition vehicle and part of the Liberty Classics Collectible line, is made of die-cast metal in Woodcraft Green and black, and it carries a load of wood and a tool box in its bed.  The toolbox lid flips up to reveal the coin slot.

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Woodcraft, now based in Parkersburg, West Virginia, has 76 retail stores in 35 states and offers more than 20,000 woodworking tools, accessories and supplies. 

The Chevy truck/bank is 7 inches in length and has a retail price of $44.99. For information, visit the Woodcraft website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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