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Project by htl posted 01-13-2016 06:48 PM 1544 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first time using blue prints to build a toy. [Toys and Joys]
I have built many toys in the past but this was my most involved build.

This was built with Walnut and sassafras wood.
It’s funny but I had it in my head that it would be half this big after looking at all the other great builds I have seen from T&J.

This was a ball to build, being able to copy then print out the shapes I needed for the parts made the project very quick and easy.
Now I don’t mean to make it sound like a two day project I put in around 14 days 6 hours or more a day to get her done.
The tracks was the most time consuming not hard just a lot to it.
There are a few adjustments to make but not till Feb. when it gets warmer in my shop.

Here’s what I started with.
And when done I had over 10 gal. of saw dust in the Cyclone.


Check out the blog for the build pictures.
http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/73730

And even more pictures here.
http://s1273.photobucket.com/user/heretolearn7/Excavator/story

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





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Dutchy

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#1 posted 01-13-2016 07:07 PM

He his even more beautiful than I had expected. You did a great job Bruce. However there is one thing I don’t like and that is the butterfly nut. The rest superb.

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

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htl

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#2 posted 01-13-2016 07:24 PM

Yes I need to make a wood gear to hide the bolt but at 32 decrees in the shop it will have to wait till feb. lol

I deleted that picture to hide the ugliness. lol
Thanks Dutchy for bringing it to my notice.

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

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jim65

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#3 posted 01-13-2016 07:28 PM

Excellent Bruce, really nice, love the contrasting wood, the detail and the finish. really well done, perfect!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#4 posted 01-13-2016 07:53 PM

Gear and hydraulic looks perfect. I wouldn’t mind having one and play with it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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htl

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#5 posted 01-13-2016 08:15 PM

Thanks Dutchy for your help.
jim65 Thanks I hardly ever sand passed 120 but when I found that sanding ball at HF It must be 400 so am getting some really nice feel to the project parts.
I need to do a video of how effortlessly the hydraulic and tracks work.
As I’ve said this was a really fun build and as majuvla says fun to play with..
The main reason I bought these plans or should I say only reason I bought these plans was for the tracks, was wanting to give them a try.
Now that I’ve make one I’m looking forward to doing it again.
The plans really make it a joy to build with out having to worry about some part of it not looking right.

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

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crowie

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#6 posted 01-13-2016 09:35 PM

After watching this machine/project develop in your blob Brian,
It certainly has turned out as one very beautiful excavator…well done sir…

PS – 32 in the shop – we have 40plus today and that’s Celsius, been high 30’s all week; the pool has been well used but not the shed as it’s too hot to be doing woodwork….

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

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htl

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#7 posted 01-14-2016 01:11 AM

crowie we just can’t win to hot for you to cold for me.
Send me some of that heat and I’ll mail you some of this here cold. lol

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

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Ken90712

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#8 posted 01-14-2016 10:43 AM

Love it, these have been on my to do list for a while now.

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

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#9 posted 01-14-2016 12:39 PM

That’s incredible! Very detailed.

-- still trying to think of a clever signature......

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#10 posted 01-14-2016 02:12 PM

that came out great. Really enjoyed following your blog.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#11 posted 01-14-2016 02:30 PM

Very Very nice well done I like the way you used the wood to accent the parts again Very Nice.

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#12 posted 01-14-2016 05:43 PM

It’s a beautiful miniature and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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htl

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#13 posted 01-14-2016 07:28 PM

Thanks all!!!
It was a joy to build.

Ken90712 Grizzly has the plans on sale and the shipping is cheaper. Just a hint. lol
If I hadn’t already built The Wood Store’s Bull dozer I would have bought Toys and Joys High gear dozer instead, both are great builds.

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

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JIMDAND

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#14 posted 01-14-2016 07:40 PM

GREAT JOB!!! YOU ARE RIGHT THE TRACKS TAKE A LONG TIME . I DID THEM THREE TIMES BE FOR I GOT THEM RIGHT .ABOUT 3 MO. TO DO MY NEXT ONE IS THE BOULLDOZDER.

-- Wooden Creations

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htl

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#15 posted 01-15-2016 05:47 PM

The wood store’s plans are geared for the child to play with more simple and heavy duty.
One nice thing about the Wood Store plans, you down load them and have them immediately
They print out full size.
The Toys and Joys is more detailed great for the child but really set up for on the shelf.
The nice about the T&J they come as a blue print full size.

Just my $.02

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

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