Toy costruction #14: Fiddling with the small stuff excavator

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Blog entry by htl posted 01-07-2016 11:50 PM 1324 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I could have had this thing done a week ago if I had stayed with the plans. lol
I keep adding ideas and making it more complicated than it already is.

But that’s part of the fun of it.
This is a brain puzzle that needs to be solved.

All of the big stuff is done but I can’t bring myself to glue it up so yesterday I doweled all the bases and engine compartment so it will be able to come apart for one last sanding at the end.
Played with the cabin furniture.
Our operator is in his chair all day so he needed some cushions to be comfy.

Remember one thing this is not a play toy it’s a poser so making things stay in one place is more important to me then function or play ability..

Here’s how the power wheel is adjustable, not set in stone may jiggle it around a little more before I’m done.
When all is tightened down the wheel floats on the all thread.

The arm is the main thing I want to stay in one place up.
I’m bolting the boom so it can be tightened and stay in one place, the other arm will be bolted too just haven’t got to it yet.
I will be hiding all the metal work so it looks like it’s all wood when I’m done.

Fighting with the idea of hinging the door but I just don’t know if it’s worth the heartache when the hing breaks.
Any votes for or against ??? lol

That’s all focks!

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

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#1 posted 01-08-2016 01:40 AM

That is fantastic.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 01-08-2016 01:52 AM

Are you keeping track(poor pun) of the hours you have expended on this endeavor?

Great work; but extremely time consuming!

-- just rjR

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#3 posted 01-08-2016 02:33 AM

I think a hinge for the door would be great. Maybe 1/8” dowel.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 01-08-2016 02:38 AM

Thanks Julian

I post nearly every day I build so,
Ten days so far [6 hour days]
I’m retired so have the time and it helps full it.
The need to create doesn’t stop when you retire and my health won’t let me build the bigger things I used to do, but even when I was building house cabinets and doing other things heavy construction and the like toy building has always been my first love in wood working.

One vote for hinge. Thanks john

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

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#5 posted 01-08-2016 08:49 AM

It is getting to the end. I,m glad to hear that you enjoy the building. Your chair and cabin handles are graet, as well as the rest of course. Don’t use hinges, and in my opinion when you do than you first have to make a new cabin side panel. You used iron to make the arm stay in place. That is okay of coarse. But when you don’t want iron it is also possible with wood. This is absolutely not a criticism but merely an hint. I did it with wood at my hydraulic crane with a boom of almost two meter. This boom will stay in almost every position. Here you can see how it did this. Excuse me for giving this hint.

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

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#6 posted 01-08-2016 01:40 PM

This thing looks badass and it aint even DONE YET!

Since you asked for “opinions” on the door, here’s mine. You say it will be a “show piece” rather than a play toy. I’m wondering if you might be thinking the door is hiding a lot of your detail work? If that’s the case, why not just leave it off so people can see in the cabin.

OR…. mount it in the open position.

OR … maybe you could use a couple small dowels to hold in it place so it’s removable?

Just throwing some ideas out there.

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#7 posted 01-08-2016 03:47 PM

Thanks Dutchy for the tip.
Your T&J plans show how to do this on the excavator they don’t show this may be a different designer for the two different builds.
Before I got into building these great construction projects I read and read about so many projects it all starts to run together and I forget where the ideas for things came from.
This is the case with this tip, it was in the back of my mind to do it but just but???
I do like the idea of tightening a bolt and it not moving.
My wife will be the one to dust it and after nearly 40 years of dusting my toys she won’t be gentle with them so better to be cranked down. I hope you see what I mean.

Thanks Joeinga I would never use a store bought metal hing on this project just wouldn’t work.
I kinda wish I hadn’t cut out the door but that’s behind me now.
In doll house builds they drill a small hole at the bottom and top of the frame them drill a hole in the door and slip a dowel in for the hinge may go that way.
The only problem it can have a pretty big gap.

It’s funny how we have to be careful how we word things on here or the web.
Just a word in the wrong place can set some people off.
This may be one of the reasons why some won’t comment on a project or tell of a different way to go about it.
For me I’m thrilled to see a better and best of all easier way to get ur done.
So keep the suggestions coming.
Thanks for looking in and letting me see your projects as well.

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

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#8 posted 01-08-2016 03:49 PM

I may have to build a new engine compartment just to many stripes???
And the cabin is wrong just not right.
Back to the drawing board. lol

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

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#9 posted 01-10-2016 07:31 AM

Certainly turning out beautifully, thank you for all the notes & photos….

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

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