|Project by johnstoneb||posted 08-14-2014 12:58 PM||1454 views||4 times favorited||10 comments|
The Front Loader is another Wood magazine project. I took the Excavator up to my grandson and while we were visiting there. He told us he needed a roller. I was planning on building the front end loader and it hit me that the rear half of the front loader could be attached to a compactor roller. I got on Sketchup and drew up the front half and attached it to the rear half with a little adjustment with dimensions the proportions seemed to be about right. I built the compactor. Actually I built two rear halves of the loader then attached a roller to one and then built the front half of the loader. These are all built from cutoffs and scrap pieces from other projects and some pallet lumber (Walnut and Maple). When I finished the loader I thought the bucket was a little small. I built another bucket a 1/2” larger all the way around and I think it looks better. I/ve really been impressed by these toys from Wood. The loader backhoe and excavator have held up really well in the hands of a three year old and his friends.
These are finished with lacquer and the roller is turned from maple.
-- Bruce, Boise, ID