Toy Tractor for Christmas 2010

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Project by Roz posted 12-25-2010 10:50 PM 2496 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This tractor is one of this year’s Christmas toys. I really get into the spirit of the season when building toy during the build up to Christmas day. They were a big hit. I bought a plan online. The project was a relatively quick one.
The steering mechanism is simply a cord wrapped around and pinned to a wooden dowel, fed through pulleys and attached to an axle assembly. The wheels and tractor are all made form three quarter inch exterior plywood. I used BC to save on sanding. The fenders are Pine cut to one eighth inch and soaked before gluing and tacking to a rounded surface. Wheels were cut using a circle jig I made for my band saw and the wholes cut with a Forsner bit. I applied 5 coats of paint for weather protection and then my wife added the details. The plans I bought were not very good and did not explain many details that would have been made simpler with a little information. Through perseverance i managed to complete it. As always I made hard patterns so the next one will go much more smoothly.

May you all enjoy Christmas with the unbridled enthusiasm of a child. Merry Christmas Lumberjocks!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 12-25-2010 11:04 PM

Hey Roz, it doesn’t matter what we all think about cos that little guys face says it all, reckon it’s a HIT
great job & merry Xmas

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 12-25-2010 11:07 PM

There’s one happy little boy!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#3 posted 12-25-2010 11:21 PM

This is a wonderful toy and it is obvious from the look on your son’s face that he loves it. God Bless and Merry Christmas.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 12-26-2010 12:00 AM

what a tractor!!!!
It looks great and by the smile on his face, he thinks so too!

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 12-26-2010 12:34 AM

You did a great job on the tractor. It makes me want to make one for the granddaughter

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 12-26-2010 02:26 AM

Roz/Terry, that is a great wee tractor.
really nice finish. When I saw it at first I wondered what a metal tractor was doing on Projects.
only on close up could you see the wood.

What a wonderful present.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 12-26-2010 07:44 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments! The tractor did turn out good and was a big hit with my grand nephew and the rest of his family too. Thankis again.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#8 posted 12-26-2010 09:41 AM

That tractor is awesome. I would have loved that as a kid!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 12-26-2010 03:50 PM

Looks like someone is having fun! It is a really special tractor and I am sure he will love it for years!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#10 posted 12-27-2010 04:55 AM

Great job Roz on the tractor. I always love seeing the toys you make. You did a very nice job on it. You and your family have a Happy New Year.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 12-28-2010 04:53 AM

Congrats on a fine job! That tractor is awesome! How’s life in LA (lower Alabama) treating you?

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama,

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#12 posted 12-29-2010 06:08 PM

thank you for the support fellas. It’s cold in LA now STL. But life is still good!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#13 posted 02-13-2011 05:51 PM

I’ve put this on the todo list.

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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