"Wheeley" moving his load.

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 09-12-2016 01:10 PM 1680 views 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

This post revolves around my indifference regarding the T & J Wheel Loader (#67) model.

I won’t open with the obvious, saying this was a fun build. On the contrary I had difficulty getting my teeth stuck into it.

I’s not that it is a bad model or difficult to build but just after I started the build and completed the fun part, which was the making of the wheels, I zigged when I should have zagged and got a dicky ankle out of it as the 1st. prize.

While trying to amuse myself during my recuperation and annoying the bejesus out of some unfortunate LJ bunnies with my inane post replies, I received the plans for the Cat loader (#118) from a forgotten past T & J order placed after a serious night of excessive vino indulgence.

Looking at the Cat, it was very similar to the #67 but more interesting and I was onset by a overwhelming desire to scrap my current project and start the new one.

Being a preacher to my kids about finishing one task before starting another, I could not face their accusation of hypocrisy if I surrendered to my desires so I plundered on with the now arduous task of finishing the loader (#67).

Consequently it was a non-eventful build, and further exacerbated by the laborious task of building/carving the bucket. Because of it size and shape there was no easy way of doing it other than cut close to shape, glue, rasp and sand, rasp and sand and sand and sand and sand etc… till I eventually address every grain of sand in the Sahara desert (and their relatives and distant cousins).

Because of my reluctance to enthuse in the build, I took every opportunity to digress and consequently took a lot of photos which I’m not going to bore you with, however, I have amassed them into a PDF that can be accessed by all you masochists from this link in my DropBox.

Now that it is finished, I will admit I am quite proud of how I converted a pile of rough timber planks into a presentable dust collector in my house, that the missus now has more ammunition to nag me about. I have to admit that I did walk away with a sense of achievement.

I’m not saying that others would not enjoy this build or that I will enjoy the Cat build better, however, I am saying that my tale is spun on the back end of “a disappointing dilemma”. The regrettable part its that now I’ve finished it, I’m not as enthusiastic in starting the Cat immediately after, especially when I have a choice of roughly around 20 other model builds to muse over.

The moral of the story is… Buy your next plan after you finish your current build.

PS. If the wheels on both models were the same I would have told the kids that this is a lesson where you should NOT listen to your old man… after all ONLY mum is perfect!

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

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#1 posted 09-12-2016 01:55 PM

Well whether you’re excited about it or not, it looks FANTASTIC!

You did a really nice job on this. I hope when I get to my first T&J project it looks half as good as yours. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#2 posted 09-12-2016 02:14 PM

Hey Little black duck, That’s a real beauty! It went straight to my favorites. Thanks for sharing your pics of all your work.


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#3 posted 09-12-2016 02:35 PM

Turned out really nice.I like the nuts they look much better then the suggested caps.

-- Is "Good Enough " really ever good enough?

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#4 posted 09-12-2016 03:03 PM

Looks waaaaaaay to nice to let kids play with. Maybe adults???????/ If you find any!

Great job!

-- just rjR

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#5 posted 09-12-2016 03:37 PM

Super nice job!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 09-12-2016 04:03 PM

how bout next time a little less commentary …more pictures …... LMAO ….......GREAT JOB


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#7 posted 09-12-2016 04:18 PM

This model is wonderful and I love the detail and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 09-12-2016 04:38 PM

That’s definitely a wheel deserved top three!
Gotta love yourrpjects, skills, and workmanship!

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

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#9 posted 09-12-2016 05:02 PM

Man, that was one of the funniest posts I’ve read on here in a while. I’m sitting here at work grinning like a fool and chuckling in my cubicle. Thank you for the welcome relief and a couple of good laughs!


PS: Oh, great build too! :)

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#10 posted 09-12-2016 05:14 PM

I think your model is great and also I might add; Your dialogue conveys to me your masterful command of the English language which is so lacking these days.

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#11 posted 09-12-2016 06:56 PM

Very impressive dear friend. You are a great T and J builder! I enjoyed also looking at all the beautiful pictures.

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

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#12 posted 09-12-2016 07:05 PM

Lot of details ,congratulations!

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#13 posted 09-13-2016 12:17 AM

Can’t let this pass without saying Thanks for sharing your craftsmanship.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#14 posted 09-13-2016 02:00 AM

Thanks all for your kind comments.

how bout next time a little less commentary …more pictures …... LMAO ….......GREAT JOB


There’s no pleasing some people… I thought 112 pickies (plus the ones above) would have satisfy even the most hardfast critiques.

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

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#15 posted 09-13-2016 02:01 AM

Ducky, The long winded ramble on the build was only surpassed by the photos of a beautiful model sir…

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

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