Toy Skidsteer

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Project by johnstoneb posted 12-27-2014 03:08 PM 2141 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I knocked this skidsteer out over a weekend before I went north to my daughter’s for Christmas. Gave my grandson something to play with before Christmas. It another in Wood Magazine’s contractor series. I did change the loader arms from maple to 1/4” Baltic birch plywood. There was a lot of short grain in the arms no matter how you tried to orient them on the maple.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 12-27-2014 03:39 PM

Great job

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#2 posted 12-27-2014 04:56 PM

Your grandson may not fully realize what an awesome grandpa he has, but he will. Great work on the Skidsteer Bruce.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 12-27-2014 05:06 PM

Nice job!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 12-27-2014 08:46 PM

Very well done.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 12-27-2014 10:31 PM

G’Day Bruce,
On the short grain in the bucket arms, I laminated a 1/16” strip if hardwood along the inside of the arms to strengthen them and then just adjusted the pivot blocks to suit. I add two 3/32” bamboo skewers thru the pivot blocks into the bucket for extra strength [after they were bumper off in play]...

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

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#6 posted 12-28-2014 12:29 AM

I am sure it was well received, did a wonderful job on this vehicle

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 12-28-2014 12:35 PM

The skewers are a good idea I have used a 23g pin nailer on some of them. I like the idea of the skewers better. The 1/16 strip is good too. I had the 1/4” Baltic so it was easy to cut them out of that.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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