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Road Grader #3: Blade assembly

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Blog entry by Pjonesy posted 02-02-2017 04:23 AM 538 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: I did do something over the Christmas period Part 3 of Road Grader series Part 4: Rippers and blade added »

Only slow progress lately with holidays and weekends away etc. etc.
Any way I have almost completed the blade assembly, I am building everything in the same order as per Gatto plans.
The blade is actually made up of 8 sections an inch and a half long, this makes a blade with a total length of 12 inches.
I made the blade out of a native NZ timber called Rimu. The long dark dowels are walnut, made with my router, see my blog on this to see how I did it. Most of the other timber is American Cherry.
Grader Blade assembly photo IMG_7208_zpsotz7orky.jpg
Note the small clamp holding things together. I have not glued too much of this together yet because I want to oil most of it before assembly to make sure things don’t stick together.
Grader Blade assembly 2 photo IMG_7209_zpskoajxkdl.jpg
After the assembly has a cote of tung oil I will apply wax to the moving parts to make sure they operate smoothly.
Grader Blade assembly 3 photo IMG_7210_zpslih0d1lp.jpg
Grader Blade assembly 4 photo IMG_7211_zpsmbfryljp.jpg
Grader Blade assembly 5 photo IMG_7212_zpsl7hqkxif.jpg
When complete and installed the blade can move side to side, it can tilt forward and backward, it can tilt sideways and rotate a small amount either way. I can’t see yet how it will raise and lower without removing a dowel in the rear of the assembly.
Grader Blade assembly 6 photo IMG_7213_zpscsco8z8u.jpg
Grader Blade assembly 8 photo IMG_7215_zpsesiic70m.jpg
Grader Blade assembly 7 photo IMG_7214_zpsqlvh2nit.jpg
Now it is on to the rippers then the wheels.

-- Peter New Zealand



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snapper1

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#1 posted 02-02-2017 04:58 AM

Its looking real good ,
How difficult was making the ring gear ?
and the way that steering front axle is done has me thinking about doing similar in another model

Garry

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crowie

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#2 posted 02-02-2017 05:30 AM

Lots of patience precision work there Peter… looks good sir.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Pjonesy

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#3 posted 02-02-2017 06:33 AM



Its looking real good ,
How difficult was making the ring gear ?
and the way that steering front axle is done has me thinking about doing similar in another model

Garry

- snapper1


The ring gear is not to difficult just time consuming and patience. A jig for cutting circles on the band saw and scroll saw is essential and the same jig can be used to bore the ring of holes that make the teeth on the ring gear

-- Peter New Zealand

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htl

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#4 posted 02-02-2017 06:35 AM

It’s so!!! beautiful !!!
This will stand proud amongst your other great builds.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#5 posted 02-02-2017 01:42 PM

This is great. I can’t believe the detail.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 02-02-2017 01:46 PM

Very nice also very impressive, beautiful work
Dee1

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#7 posted 02-02-2017 04:05 PM

Looking very nice Peter …...lots of good details ….......GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 02-03-2017 01:26 AM

Omg the detail! Makes my projects look like kindergarten fun. Very cool man. Great job.

-- Nothing is impossible without faith.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 02-04-2017 12:29 AM

Sorry P’j, hate blog presentations vs projects.. One can only say GREAT WORK so many times before the ink runs out of my pencil!

Still, I love the piecemeal presentation and gives me the opportunity to feed on your talent and look forward to my next feed (even though it’s worse than waiting for the next release of “Game of Thrones”).

PS. I have the plans and am not looking forward to the challenges. I hope I can give it a somewhat comparative justice.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 02-04-2017 12:37 AM

....
A jig for cutting circles on the … and scroll saw is essential …

- Pjonesy

Petey boy (sorry for being so familiar and using your surname so soon after our last encounter) I missed this…. A jig for the scroll saw. I would be interested in that if only to just get some inspiration for another LBD over engineered extravagance.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Pjonesy

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#11 posted 02-04-2017 04:35 AM


....
A jig for cutting circles on the … and scroll saw is essential …

- Pjonesy

Petey boy (sorry for being so familiar and using your surname so soon after our last encounter) I missed this…. A jig for the scroll saw. I would be interested in that if only to just get some inspiration for another LBD over engineered extravagance.

- LittleBlackDuck

The jig I use on the scroll saw is virtually the same as the jig I use on the band saw for cutting circle. It is just a square piece of custom wood about 6mm thick with a dowel sticking up so you can spin the object you are cutting around the dowel to get a perfect circle. I just clamp this jig on to the scroll saw table sit the ring gear on the dowel and cut out the inside of the ring gear. Make sure you have cut around the outside circle before doing this procedure.

-- Peter New Zealand

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 02-04-2017 05:28 AM


The jig I use on the scroll saw is virtually the same as the jig I use on the band saw …

- Pjonesy


Seems funny but I have never considered a jig on the scroll saw. I have always been wary of the drift and without a mitre slot my imagination stopped working.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#13 posted 02-12-2017 04:12 PM

Very complicated, wow well done, want to build one someday but mine will be very very stream lined, go for a resemblance to one I quess.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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