|Project by Lenny||posted 12-26-2015 04:15 PM||2477 views||4 times favorited||30 comments|
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