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Toy costruction #9: Excavator day 4

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Blog entry by htl posted 12-26-2015 01:04 AM 1370 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had to fix two really dumb mistakes, I glued up the booms before I cut out the places for them to bolt up.
Would have taken 10 minutes I put in a couple a hours trying to cut them out with out buggering it up.
I have the technology but shore is a lot easier if you do it right the first time.

Finally got to play with the tracks this after noon.
Cut out the lumber to length then needed 3/8” for the treads so split some walnut and while I’m at it will be making a set of mahogany treads too because I’m sure there will be another crane,excavator or bull dozer in my future.
I cut about 200, 1 1/2” x1 1/4” blank treads both walnut and mahogany.
Used my table saw sled, if you notice it has a very low fence which make it easy for me to use it sitting down.
With a fine Skill saw blade it makes some really clean cuts.

Started building a jig for the treads THANKS DUTCHY FOR THE HOW TO ON GETTING THIS GREAT JIG built.
Sure is a labor saver.


Used carpet tape to help keep the treads in place while they were being cut.


Sanded up what I could reach while it’s all together like this.
You can get a lot done ganging it up like this.


Glued some sand paper to a stick so I could reach all those narrow groves.

Dutchy one last thing, what kind of clearance do you try to keep between the tracks?
I’ve cut all of one side of the sets and tomorrow I’ll be cutting the other so is it better for the tracks to be sloppy lose or just how tight do you like it to be?

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



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#1 posted 12-26-2015 02:30 AM

Now that’s an ingenious way to make all those track components…...very clever engineering!

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

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#2 posted 12-26-2015 02:32 AM

Apologies to Dutchy as I must have missed his original post on the jig…..

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

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#3 posted 12-26-2015 04:16 AM

I could use a little help.
I want to hing the door and don’t want any thing to big so any suggestions would be appreciated.

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

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#4 posted 12-26-2015 05:04 AM



I could use a little help.
I want to hing the door and don t want any thing to big so any suggestions would be appreciated.

- htl

What about small jewellery box hinges??
or a strip of calico glued to both the door & the door pillar??

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

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#5 posted 12-26-2015 09:09 AM

I like to see you have used my idea! Your welcome! A reason for me to keep on posting blogs about the building process of my toy making adventures. The clearance I gave it is about 0,8 mm. (We in europe use a comma where americans use a dot and use a dot where americans use a comma, which has already cost a lot of money in silicon valley :)) This 0,8mm unintentionally wasn’t divided proportionally. When all the tracks where ready I sometimes sanded a little to make the run pliable (I hope I have used the wright word)

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#6 posted 12-26-2015 02:37 PM

Thanks Dutchy for the timely reply, now all I have to do is translate it to english. lol
The funny thing is the more I build this small stuff the easier it is with metric.
I went back and took a closer look at your pictures and I could see the dowels between the fingers so being really tight ain’t right.
Ps And under stand every word.

Thanks Crowie but would like to stay with wood if at all possible.
I’ll need to do some more research on this.

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

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#7 posted 12-26-2015 04:12 PM

I went back and took a closer look at your pictures and I could see the dowels between the fingers so being really tight ain’t right. Daardoor had ik een extra onderdeel nodig (Because of this I needed an additional component)

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#8 posted 12-26-2015 04:14 PM

I could use a little help.
I want to hing the door and don’t want any thing to big so any suggestions would be appreciated.
Do it the same way you made the treads.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#9 posted 12-26-2015 10:21 PM

Ya Dutchy I’ve been heading in that direction.
May have it pined on the inside so the door can come off if need be.
Now don’t start talking that wind mill talk or ypu’ll loss me with the first word.
I have enough trouble with one tongue.
And again thanks for the help.

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

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