Gav-dozer costume

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Project by JeffG posted 10-19-2010 06:17 PM 8892 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I asked my son Gavin, 3 years old, what he wanted to be for Halloween, he said a bulldozer. After searching a few stores and websites and finding nothing, we decided to make the bulldozer ourselves out of cardboard, glue, stickers and tape. I can tell my son will be a good woodworker (a comment said by any proud father), and if you think about it, working with cardboard has a lot of similarities to working with wood. You need to measure, cut, assemble with some type of joinery, and apply a finish. We joined most of the pieces together by cutting a slot on one piece and then cutting a tab on the other, which we called our mortise and tenon joints – see, just like real woodworking. Gavin helped with every step (except cutting with a box knife), and it’s obvious he has a sense of pride about it when he shows people what he will be trick-or-treating in. A cool feature of this costume is the candy collection – the candy gets dropped in the top of the chrome exhaust pipe and drops in to a big in the bulldozer.

-- Jeff G, North Syracuse, NY

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 06:21 PM

That is so cute!!! I may have to steal that idea some day.

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#2 posted 10-19-2010 06:27 PM

Adorable little guy Love it Love it love it. what a great dad.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 06:45 PM

Definately bad to the bone.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 10-19-2010 06:52 PM

Jeff, that’s a mighty fine lookin’ son you have there. There’s a lot little fellers out there that make pretty good little bulldozers even without the costume. I’ll just bet that he loves that costume and I’ll just bet that he’s already making with the bulldozer sounds as well. He’ll be getting his act together for Halloween and he’ll have a ball. Great work, dad.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 10-19-2010 07:18 PM

Great job! Imaginative!

-- Jeff,

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#6 posted 10-19-2010 07:29 PM

That’s cool, Lucky kid.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 10-19-2010 07:45 PM

I don’t even have kids but this is so cool! Very original / innovative. Awesome Dad.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 10-19-2010 08:34 PM

Looks great….and as soon as he realizes he can haul more halloween loot with a front-end loader, he’s going to start asking for some modifications.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 10-19-2010 08:41 PM

I think the nicest thing about this costume is that he will play with this for hours and hours long after Halloween has come and gone. Good job Dad!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#10 posted 10-20-2010 03:21 AM

Is that cool or what! You guys did a great job on it.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 10-20-2010 04:20 AM

an excellent Halloween costume indeed. I voted for him at the site, hopefully he’ll win it, if not he’ll still get to enjoy the costume itselt

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#12 posted 10-20-2010 05:27 AM

I voted for you!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#13 posted 10-20-2010 06:53 AM

That is awesome, love the details!
Made an orange jeep out of a banana box one Halloween for my son when he was 4

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#14 posted 09-23-2011 05:34 PM

This is obviously much later (almost a year), but I love it!!

There seems to be no end to what one can do with cardboard and an imagination.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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