|Project by crowie||posted 07-04-2014 11:39 AM||3595 views||5 times favorited||20 comments|
Bobcat Skidsteer Loader from Wood Magazine Construction Series….
I love the Wood Magazine Construction Series and decided to have a go at the Bobcat Skidsteer Loader…
I had quite a difficulties getting the plan to work as my print out of the pattern was smaller than the actual sizes plus I’ve found that if the plans are in imperial measurements, one must do all the cutting that way…
I had to resize most of my timber to suit, which adds to the project build.
As per my usual habit I have personalized the build adding a number of extra features.
I’ve used a mixture of Aussie timbers from Huon Pine, Tassie Oak, Spotted Gum, Black Sassafras plus what we think is American Walnut reclaimed from a 1890 Boston Pump Organ [which had fallen apart].
The finish is four coats of clear gloss polyurethane from a pressure pack can [shack & rattle].
The arms are nearly 1/2” thick with the laminated inner to give strength to the lower section plus I made the cross members wider along with the pivots on the buckets.
There is an inner strengthener under the cabin roof plus added headlights.
The engine block has the sided added to overcome a human issue [measure twice & cut once] but looks okay.
The taillights were additions along with the exhaust pipe.
I added bumper bars front and rear on the main chassis.
All the moving parts have nylon washers between the timber, with S/S washers on the axle peg into the wheels which were bought from Woodworks Ltd in Texas [so much cheaper than purchasing here in Australia even with shipping cost].
I did have some help and inspiration from a little blue Handy bloke.
The grandsons have given it a very good workout/test run already..nothing broken..
The best part of the build was finding out after it was all finished that the bobcat was the prefect scale for the Tough Aussie Tipper I’d built earlier….
I’ve enjoyed the build and get a double dose of joy seeing the grandsons play….well worth while!!!
-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie