Toy Bulldozer

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Project by Lenny posted 12-26-2015 04:15 PM 2477 views 4 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bulldozer toy, built from plans in the September 2010 issue of Wood magazine (#199). I made it as a Christmas present for my grandson. I pretty much stuck to the plans and purchased the available kit which includes all the wheels and hardware. Still, there are over 30 pieces to make and assemble so, it is an ambitious undertaking. I have seen a number of these posted here on Lumberjocks. Some LJs get quite creative in personalizing the bulldozer. For example, crowie in Australia added automotive timing belts to make the tracks look more realistic. I loved this idea and incorporated it into my build.

Wood magazine has put together a “Construction-Grade” series which includes a crane, an excavator, and a backhoe to name a few. They have created some wonderful toys.

At present, I only have one grandchild and in retrospect, I got too anxious. My grandson is only 20 months old and I believe he is too young for this bulldozer. Much to my surprise, he is able to lift it. However, I think it is more suited towards an older child, say three or four years old.

The wood is maple and walnut and the finish is 3 coats of spray gloss polyurethane.

As you can see, my grandson loves it but I think his parents will shelve this toy until he is a bit older.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 12-26-2015 04:39 PM

Beautiful, he will grow with it! well done!!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 12-26-2015 04:42 PM

Great project. I love Wood Magazine and their line of toys. How did you fasten the ends of the timing belt together? I assume that the timing belt rolls on the wheels like a real track would.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 12-26-2015 04:50 PM

What a great gift, congratulations Lenny. The smile says it all. I’ve always wanted to make one of these when reading wood magazine. Good for you….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 12-26-2015 04:58 PM

Love it Lenny. And more I like that grandchild of you playing with it! Well done.

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

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#5 posted 12-26-2015 05:02 PM

Wow. That is so cool.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 12-26-2015 06:19 PM

Awsome. Really nice I have the same plans just haven’t built it yet

-- dale

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#7 posted 12-26-2015 06:32 PM

Thanks everyone. WoodnSawdust, good question! Crowie found that the distance around the three large wheels is about 21-1/2”. He could only find belts at 21-1/4” so he altered the positioning of the wheels to accommodate. As for me, I have a relative in the automotive repair field. He gave me a used timing belt he removed from a Lexus! It was large enough to cut and yield two tracks. As for your question, I used “Q Bond” adhesive to join the ends of the track. I purchased it at my local Advanced Autoparts. I placed a piece of black gorilla tape to the underside of the track, leaving a gap of about 1/8”. There is a powder/filler you place in the gap and then drizzle superglue over and into it. The wheels do spin but I’m finding the functionality of the tracks in conjunction with the wheels is sketchy at best. I may have to fiddle with it a bit to dial it in.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 12-26-2015 07:42 PM

That is awesome Lenny! That kiddo is one happy happy kid. I’m happy for him. lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 12-26-2015 07:42 PM

Nicely Done Lenny! I would love to build this , too. As I have granddaughters, I made them keepsake boxes and jewelry boxes instead. Oh Well…......

Keep up the good work!

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#10 posted 12-26-2015 07:50 PM

I love it! At 20 months he will love this gift for a long time!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 12-26-2015 08:23 PM

I love to see wood toy projects and that is a very cool bulldowzer

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 12-26-2015 09:15 PM

It looks like you built a winner!
A real nice project.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 12-26-2015 10:34 PM

Very nicely done. I had thought of using timing belts and did try it by scarfing and epoxy, being not flexable it gave a stiff spot. That Q bone sounds interesting. I am building one of entirely my own design, will have it posted in a few weeks.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 12-26-2015 11:27 PM

Wow that turned out really nice.
Man ain’t building toys a blast. lol
I really like the idea of using nuts and bolts to hold the parts together on a child’s toy.
When it gets loss or brakes no problem fixing it or tightening it up.

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

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#15 posted 12-27-2015 01:58 AM

Great looking bulldozer! I’m sure he’ll spend many hours playing with it, when he’s old enough!

-- Dean

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