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I woke up this morning (sorry) with my gummy ankle and a newly acquired sore tooth. Unselfishly I have decided to share my discomfort and publish another episode in the “T&J model making”, Little Black Duck style.

Built in May 2015, another instalment presented in the both the abridged and uncensored scenarios.

A bridge.
Just to digress from the typical road or construction vehicles, I found that the tractors on the T&J site provided an interesting alternative. Of the two tractors I was more attracted by the style of “The Tractor #90” and for no other reason, I decided to give it a try.
It had a lot of small parts which unfortunately were a bit too 3 dimensional to cut on a laser so it was a case of traditional modern woodworking techniques (meaning power tools where possible and hand tools where not). Nevertheless the laser did assist in making jigs to shape small parts.

I did make a fatal design blunder on which I chagrin more than the “Fiery” wheel catastrophe, but probably only because I haven’t had the guts to correct it for fear of breaking smalls parts. That is the reason for the choice of the primary picture, it hides the fault.
It is about the mounting of the steering column on the engine hood. It should be fixed on the top layer of the hood near the base of the exhaust pipes rather than down at the next level. I vaguely remember the plans were not too obvious and I discovered my mistake after a generous amount of superglue. One day it will annoy me enough to make the alteration.

Thanks for your attention.

The End.





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The pontoon version.



Early PS. I’ve included the mistake caveat above as there may be seasoned T&J veterans or a real life cow-cockey ( Aussie slang for farmer, no longer under the bridge, no need to be nice) that would readily identify the fault and I’m trying to avoid the embarrassment of a public posthumous explanation (let alone a burial prior to an exhumation using a sharp post up front).

Having catered for the sagacious members of my audience the following is for the rest,

I don’t know about you but I rest lying down.

If the above is A bridge (a means for quick transition over water), a pontoon is a means of a slower and more arduous path covering the same distance in a much more unsophisticated manner.

Though some may know pontoon as a big boys card game that is nothing like poker or fish (though they walk around in water), in this case its use is referred to as “a bridge supported by shallow draft open boats or encased floats”, which will give you an in depth (more than just ankle deep) detailed blow for blow commentary of what the above A bridge alluded to. Actually pontoon has nothing to do with the story but is a good counter balance along the theme of that lame introduction.

Again this is a case of building a story around pictures rather than taking the pictures of a story.
Hold onto your hats (it’s plural anyway but more meaningful if you have two heads), sit back, light up (more on that later as well) and observe what an escapee from a mental asylum can pen to paper (or display on screen, without actually flashing).

I like to give my models names otherwise how would they know if you are calling them?
Do you say “Dog come here.”?
No, of course you don’t, you holler, “You’ve crapped in the garden again you mongrel!!!!!”
See you’ve already give him/her/it the name of “Mongrel”. Just don’t use that language to the missus, especially if she is not house trained. Feminist and political correctionists need not reply to the above statement as the missus has already ratified this article (… at least she will if I ever build up the guts to leave a copy of it for her…, in my will).

Oh yeh, the name. Nothing to do with the spokes of a wheel. First you must go downtown to your seedy neighbourhood, seek out a reputable and certified drug dealer (one that pays his taxes), buy some good quality weed, roll it, light it and smoke it (as referred to above) and then you may be able to think as twisted as this biographer of a non-ferrous tractor.

For something different, I shall digress from the story line in a n endeavour to educate. The following is the unequivocal process of deriving a new name (you can use it on your future kids if your SWMBO permits you). It utilises my newly invented game (in the shadows of that incomparable, yet at times incorrigible, famous Theoretical Physicists Sheldon Cooper [Big Bang Theory]… you need to be a fan) aptly named “Word Morphing”… now for a quick, impromptu, unrehearsed paradigm, just follow the bouncing ball (or as I say in my classics “the Indians arrows”)…
The model is a Tractor → affectionately called a Trackie by the farmers → which sounds like Trekkie → who are followers of Star Trek → featuring the starship Enterprise → ably captained by Tiberius Kirk → portrayed by Willy Shatner who was a friend of Leonard Nimoy → who played “SPOCK”……. DOH!!!!

Perfect example of how T&J models on LumberJocks can inspire tertiary style education by explicitly demonstrating how to metamorphasise a “mechanical work horse” into a ”pointy eared extraterrestrial”.

BTW. There will be a short 2.5 hour quiz on ”Word Morphing” at the end of this article in case you are still awake. Take NOTE: It WILL be a quiz and not a survey, as it only surveys that are voluntary.

Now that “Spock” has been branded, I had to construct some sort of on-terra entity to house its soul, and I chose The Tractor model (see it all ties up, like all good bondage knots).

In keeping with the theme I used my transporter beam to teleport down to the workshop. (Picture of my lift between house and workshop.)

Actual relevant pictures of the subject matter WILL follow one day (I hope).

Now breaking from tradition, I didn’t make any wheels, first. I do apologise to anyone having nightmares, caused by pausing on “make any wheels” and before reading the highlighted first disclaimer, resulting on countless uncountable sleepless night without any sleep, wondering how the hell can anyone get a tractor out of a barn without wheels, even with a transporter beam.

I started with the steering wheel (so I have confused even myself as I did make a wheel first). Actually I started with 3, just in case there were 3 drivers. The wheels were laser cut and also using the laser I made a jig to hold the wheel to prevent breakage during aggressive form sanding and routing (using a 1/16”r mini corner round over bits… and extreme care) all followed by very concentrated finger counting. Pieces were held in place by hot glue and I even shut my mouth (the missus didn’t recognise me without showing my lack of teeth) to stop the hot air coming from it to melt the glue,


See I have corroboree pictures.

OOps Sorry, I meant corroborating pictures.

My traditional circle cutting jig with a new 3D printed spacer was used to create 3 large rear wheels (1 backup for the boot and nothing to do with the 3 steering wheels… I can count to for).

Just an FYI, If you were observant enough, the spokes in the spacer (go on look again) really speeded up the job. If you believed that you are just as kookie as I am, I was just saving a few shekels on plastic printing filament.
Same jig and spacer used for disc sanding,

Sanding jig (same configuration of the cutting jig)
For a change of pace, this time the treads were cut using a router bit which I carefully inserted into a router that was even more carefully attached to a table (that I later called a router table as there was this router on it), as I “didn’t” have a saw with a 3/8” kerf and I considered it too timely to file down my 1/8” kerf saw to make it compatible. Again the same spacer used.

I quoted “didn’t” above as I later discovered that I had a 3/8” kerfed saw in one of my dodo sets (dodo set only because I forgot I had the dado set). I could have save a bucket (oops, nearly said shitload) of time contemplating the adaptation of my 1/8” saw blade.

The following is a picture. I just had a rest typing, leaving the previous sentence in limbo. If you agree that it is a picture and then ask “picture of what?”, rather than have you wait maybe days for an answer, I’ll pre-empt your question and post my reply here rather than at the end of the blog. It is a picture of “bulk tread rounding” (featuring my 3D printed dust extraction for the cordless Ryobi trimmer which is about 98% efficient in dust collection, again another SU regurgitation).

I found it even worked better when I attached a shop-vac on one end and a battery on the other.

Following is my tread sanding jig attached to the circle cutter using that speedy spoked spacer.

Availability of a laser (thanks female daughter) permits accurate creation of “small part” holding jigs and pin-point cutting line engraving. Boy some people will believe anything… a pin-point line... gimme a break (but leave the ankle alone).

On retrospect I’m was not happy with the monochrome finish, however, I tell everyone I ran out of walnut and I was so anxious to build the model it got finished before I could make the pilgrimage to the big smoke to purchase more timber. The truth be known, tractors are a messy vehicle and after I hosed it down and saw it without the mud I suddenly realised I forgot to use contrasting wood. That’s my story and I’m sticking it unless someone can pride my with a more ridiculous alibi.

Sorry, but no refunds offered for the precious time of your life wasted in reading this as I’m sure it might have taken a minute or two. Anyway, as with all machinery, depreciate it for tax purposes and appreciate is a good lesson in frugality.

That’s all for now and will Spock to you soon.

PS. Sorry to have to cut this article short as I have just been side tracked by a new hand-model inspiration.
Look for the hand but don’t speak to it but rather blame if for not giving me time to delete any of the meaningless and inundate text out of this article.

Beam me up Scottie.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD





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crowie

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#1 posted 06-03-2016 06:28 AM

Sorry to hear of your woos Ducky, you certain write long worded articles even if some good woodworking content and assistance for those of us still learning….Nice tractor sir…

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

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 06-03-2016 06:32 AM


... write long worded articles …

- crowie


Keeps the missue guessing and me out of her kitchen.

Once the ankle recovers, you won’t hear BOO from me… Just maybe a small bo.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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Dutchy

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#3 posted 06-03-2016 06:44 AM


I vaguely remember the plans were not too obvious and I discovered my mistake after a generous amount of superglue. One day it will annoy me enough to make the alteration.

Thanks for your attention.

- LittleBlackDuck

Alex when you didn’t had told, I wouldn’t have seen it. Funny to see (And I hope I see it correct) that you made another mistake. The same as I did. This one is harder to alternate. I’m talking about the two handles on the left side after the steering wheel. (back side viewpoint) They are mounted perpendicular to the steering wheel column. As mentioned I did it the same. But when you study the drawing you will see that this handles should be mounted under an angle from about 10 degrees. Woodscrap (another LJ fellow did it correct as you can see here )

I liked making this tractor very much, and it is one of my favorites.

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

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jim65

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#4 posted 06-03-2016 06:44 AM

really well done!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#5 posted 06-03-2016 09:53 AM

You are most entertainer …... and your T&J projects are outstanding.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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majuvla

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#6 posted 06-03-2016 10:46 AM

Always stunned by those wooden toys, especially when made with lot of details as yours. Interesting hand made gadgets you have for this project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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ScottM

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#7 posted 06-03-2016 12:23 PM



Always stunned by those wooden toys, especially when made with lot of details as yours. Interesting hand made gadgets you have for this project.

- majuvla

I was thinking the same thing Ivan. I love the details and the results, but all of the jigs and gadgets you have created to make them is outstanding!!

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oldrivers

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#8 posted 06-03-2016 12:30 PM

It is a beaut looks like a John Deere (USA) fine detail georgeous work. Hope you recover from your woos soon.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 06-03-2016 12:37 PM

I read the whole thing, and looked closely at ALL the pictures… And you know what I got from this???
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. No, not a headache!
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You have a FREAKING ELEVATOR IN YOUR HOUSE?
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Damn Son, must be nice !
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The only way to upgrade from that would be …
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-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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JoeinGa

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#10 posted 06-03-2016 12:37 PM

Oh yeah, and the tractor’s kinda cool too !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 06-03-2016 02:19 PM



You have a FREAKING ELEVATOR IN YOUR HOUSE?

- JoeinGa


Thanks GJoea, (or however you pronounce a Joe in a Ga). When I bought the house about 6 years ago I wasn’t old enough to count the number of stairs leading to my front door. When I matured I counted only 19, but now as I get older they seem to multiply in number and grow taller. While I can cope at the moment, now that I’ve beaten some pissant cancer scare, I hope to live a long time and my knees may start to fade as I get older (just like it’s getting harder and harder to see my toes lately without an exaggerated leaning at the waist). I found that the lift may not have been the most frugal investment I’ve made, it does make a helluva talking point.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 06-03-2016 02:23 PM

Thanks Ivan and SM, I do love making jigs (even one offs) and I am blessed with the laser that can make that possible with the added beauty that it’s accuracy is inversely proportional to the number of drinks I have before I try to design it in SketchUp. Without the laser and SU, I’d be naked.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 06-03-2016 02:26 PM

JoeinGa, you’ve now got me continually coming back and looking at that picture. I keep wondering how I could build a jig to make my lift fly.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#14 posted 06-03-2016 02:27 PM

Thanks all for your kind comments and not reporting me to the white coat brigade.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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#15 posted 06-03-2016 04:26 PM

I have to say—I have spent many hours on the real version of this tractor! MAGNIFICENT Rendition!

-- just rjR

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