Back Hoe Model

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Project by Lee A. Jesberger posted 2133 days ago 2820 views 0 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About six years ago my son convinced me to HELP him make a model of a back hoe.

Having owned a back hoe I thought it would be fun to do.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I agreed to it.

The plans we used were very well done, and included a number of machines, as well as plans for jigs to make the process a little easier

The buckets work as real machines do. All the hydraulic cylinders move as they do in real machine, which was a very time consuming process of drilling dowels and inserting smaller dowels into the holes.

The amount of hours it took to make this were surprising, and his requests to make other machines fell on deaf ears.

The woods used are maple, wenge, and cherry.

I now strongly recommend Tonka toys!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 2133 days ago

Nice Lee!! I’ll bet that almost made you want to go veneer. That is a keeper!!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#2 posted 2133 days ago

Nice Lee.
The articulations are amazing.
I hope your son realizes he has an heirloom.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 2133 days ago

now that is an amazing piece of craftsman ship. your son will cherish that forever.

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#4 posted 2133 days ago


I’m guessing that these pictures were not taken 6 years ago. So it must mean that the test of time has been good with your construction techniques.

I nice looking toy. You and your son have completed a great model.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 2133 days ago

Very cool Lee, care to share the plans. Just kidding. Nice work.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 2133 days ago


Nice looking rig!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 2133 days ago

Your model eclipses the Tonkas! Tres cool, and really amazing!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#8 posted 2133 days ago

Totally awesome.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#9 posted 2133 days ago

Looks great, like about 6 years worth of effort :)

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#10 posted 2133 days ago

very cool…sounds like a lot of hardwork—-but clearly he will appreciate this toy WAAAY more then the TOnka…this is a LEE-nka!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 2133 days ago

good one ! in a hundred years it will be a priceless collect-able on “Antiques Roadshow”

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 2133 days ago


-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#13 posted 2133 days ago

Nice work Lee. With all the other stuff you have going on, when did you have time to work on it?

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#14 posted 2133 days ago

I think just making that toy was peanuts, compared to the relationship you built with your son.

I bet you could have built two Windsor chairs in the same amount of time it took for this..

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 2133 days ago

Hi Roger;

Veneer over cardboard, interesting.. nah.

Thanks Roger.

-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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