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Project by ralbuck posted 10-22-2016 12:04 AM 864 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A toy that was ordered for a boy named Alder.

This is made without metal from shop scrap wood. Bamboo skewers are used in place of nails etc. I drill a lightly smaller hole than the skewer diameter and then coat with glue and use a wooden mallet to pound them in. When they bottom to the hole, I just let the glue set. Later a wood chisel and then sanding finish it. The bamboo seems to compress slightly then re-expand to make a tight fit.
It is basically made from “no-pattern” just a few years(6 decades+) association with farm equipment.

Wheels are all just hole saw cuts; with center holes enlarged for sturdier axles. Scroll-saw was the primary saw with table and chop saw also being used. Drill press, and a few different sanders to finish out the mistakes.

The rear tractor wheels are 5”. the approximate size of the combination is 32 long about 6” wide and about 7” at the tallest. It is fun to build with no restrictions!

I keep trying to no avail to get someone else to do the painting.

I do know that this will get played with; hopefully by a few dozen or so kids!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR





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crowie

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#1 posted 10-22-2016 12:30 AM

What a great wooden toy sir...hours of fun and play there…love it..

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

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Paul Bucalo

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#2 posted 10-22-2016 12:50 AM

Well done. Alder will cherish this set for years to come.

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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#3 posted 10-22-2016 12:55 AM

You’ve outdone yourself this time my friend!!

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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htl

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#4 posted 10-22-2016 01:05 AM

Nicely done and ready for a hard life of making a child smile.

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

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 10-22-2016 02:01 AM

Rugged enough to withstand daily farm chores. I’m sure he will love it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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bushmaster

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#6 posted 10-22-2016 02:23 AM

See you have been busy, I got home a week ago and been very busy, but not in the shop. Nice project, I call these types of projects, TOYS THAT BRING JOY.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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luv2learn

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#7 posted 10-22-2016 02:54 AM

Very nicely done.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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oldnovice

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#8 posted 10-22-2016 05:15 AM

Just in time for Christmas?
Really nice idea, a wooden toy that can actually be player with and last longer than the store bought stuff.

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

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ZAGREB

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#9 posted 10-22-2016 06:50 AM

good heart and golden fingers you have
beautiful toy,Alder is the haapiest boy in the world

-- bambi

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#10 posted 10-22-2016 07:53 AM

Awesome tractor. Alder is a very lucky boy. Beautiful set, great coloured.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 10-22-2016 10:16 AM

A lifetime of fun here. Maybe several.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Dutchy

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#12 posted 10-22-2016 11:36 AM

A lot of “toy” makers here on LJ, but your toy is a real one, Well done.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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Cliff

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#13 posted 10-22-2016 11:31 PM

Alder will love it. Well Done!!!!

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#14 posted 10-23-2016 12:38 AM

This is a wonderful toy. I sure Alder will play with it for hours.

-- Julian

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#15 posted 10-24-2016 10:16 AM

what a great looking toy, nice work!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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