Road Grader

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Project by darkmyble posted 05-17-2018 10:21 PM 395 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi folks..

Another of The Great Book of Wooden Toys projects for my neighbours youngest lad this time.

The original plan again was very basic…

It was a question of adding enough detail to make it interesting without going over the top.
I took inspiration from a Toys and Joys Cat Loader for the wheels and the radiator is also based on that model too.

The engine it self just needed to be a little more interesting so I added a fan and cord.

The idea of these smaller low detail models is to primarily show what i can do to potential customers, learn and hone my skills and processes as well as keeping a 7 year old lad happy.

i didn’t make or use the jig shown in the plans for T&J Loader.. i simply used the template and used my band-saw to cut the indents out.. time consuming yes.. but my table saw needs a sled. Its a very basic Titan construction grade unit so its not as precise as some of the monsters you guys have.

But half the fun is finding ways of doing things with what i have.

I didn’t use any plans or templates for the hydraulics. I just went with what I envisaged they would look like based on my own life experiences with large machinery and scratch built them. I didn’t need a stopper as the opposing side would prevent the rod coming away from the cylinder.

With a coat of Danish oil and a lick of poly it’s done and now in the hands of the little lad i made it for. He loves it.
I know how you guys feel about children having these haha but it really does warm my heart to know that someone is getting joy from playing with something ive created.

So there it is folks.. I hope you like it..

Best wishes and kindest regards

Mark :)

-- If at first we don't succeed, measure and measure again

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#1 posted 05-17-2018 10:42 PM

A neat road grader.

Realistic enough and still PLAY STURDY!

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#2 posted 05-17-2018 10:53 PM

I like everything about this Grader ….. from the engine to the tires ….. GREAT JOB :<))


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#3 posted 05-17-2018 11:52 PM

That is a mighty fine grader.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 05-17-2018 11:58 PM

A nice grader. Great job.

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#5 posted 05-18-2018 01:51 AM

Nicely done and it’s so much fun to look for all the little details you added to this project.

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#6 posted 05-18-2018 05:53 AM

Great details, especialy wheels!

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#7 posted 05-18-2018 06:56 AM

You are in a hurry last time. A lovely grader, with a lot of detail but still to play with. Well done Mark.


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#8 posted 05-18-2018 09:21 AM

Beaut looking grader Mark.
Love the extra details, very smick sir; well done.

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#9 posted 05-18-2018 10:44 AM

Good playtime here

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 05-18-2018 11:10 AM

Another nice build d’m’. Like your enhancements… the wheels, lights and hydraulics add great character to the original plan.

You seem to manage to keep tour balance while walking the fence fence between fine detail and child friendliness.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#11 posted 05-18-2018 12:12 PM

Love it! I like all your embellishments on Norm’s designs. It’s inspiring!

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#12 posted 05-18-2018 01:34 PM

This wood grader is a wonderful toy and so nicely done.

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#13 posted 05-18-2018 01:56 PM

You did a great job on the grader.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 05-19-2018 08:24 AM

Love it! The new wheels really lift the model and the motor is brilliant!

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