Wood Magazine's excavator

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Project by NY_Rocking_Chairs posted 1758 days ago 4252 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From the latest issue of Wood Magazine comes the excavator. These are for my two sons’ xmas presents. Made from walnut and mahogany and finished with Deft Danish Oil.

Obviously their names are Adam and Alex. I used some DIY decal sheets that you just run through the ink-jet printer, spray paint with clear acrylic and then apply like a normal decal. The decals didn’t stick too well to the wood so I ended up epoxying them down and then coating with a protective layer of epoxy as well.

Pros of the plans: Easy to do, good drawings, model works well.

Cons: safety is not taken into account. My sons are 1 and 3 and if they could take the acorn nuts off they wood, so I epoxied all the nuts onto the threaded rod to prevent that. Also I bought all my hardware at the LHS and a 3” bolt is not really long enough if using a lock nut but no big deal to swap out with a 3 1/2” bolt. Also using a standard 3/8” washer made the head of the bolt protrude below the wheels, so a quick trip to the grinder took care of that problem.

The wheels, axles and smokestack all came from Toys and Joys, I bought in bulk and got enough parts to do 3 excavators and it came out cheaper than the hardware kit sold by Wood Magazine.

-- Rich, WNY,

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#1 posted 1758 days ago

This is cool Rich well done

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1758 days ago

That is a great project … we have been working on a crane project that came from one of those magazines.

My dad used to make us wooden toys as Christmas gifts when we were kids, wish I still had all of them. They are some of the best gifts that I have ever gotten. Your boys will cherish those for many years to come.

-- Factory in a box ...

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#3 posted 1758 days ago

Super neat toys. I like how you put their names on each.

-- John @

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#4 posted 1758 days ago

Adam and Alex will love these. They look great.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#5 posted 1758 days ago

Rich, you are an excellent woodworker/artist.

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#6 posted 1758 days ago

Thanks Rich…I am planning on making the same excavator for my son this Christmas. Yours look great!

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#7 posted 1758 days ago

Love to see toys, especially trucks and tractors. Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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