Grandpa's Tractor

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Project by stevengaletodd posted 01-13-2011 12:33 AM 1950 views 9 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought this would be a great first project to post. I made this for my grandpa’s 75th birthday. I wanted to make him a tractor, but I couldn’t find any plans. A week before his birthday, a was over at my neighbors and his little by had this John Deere tractor. I borrowed it and took my measurements for it. Everything was hand made except for the axle an plugs for the wheels.

After I completed it, I showed it to one of my woodworking buddies and he just sat there rolling it back and forth on the table. I knew then that I would have to build a case to keep all the grand kids from playing with it. The plaque reads “A Dad & Grandpa At Heart, But A Farmer Forever!” Made from walnut and maple.

-- Steven - "Good enough for who it's for!"

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 01:03 AM

Outstanding project, great work, I am sure he loved it

-- Norman

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 01:04 AM

This is beautiful, wonderful job. I just hope maybe one day I will have a grandson like you.

-- wood maestro....... Be Well, Do good work, and Stay in touch

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 01:07 AM

hi nice tractor i am sure your grandad will be pleased with his present
and welcome to lumber jocks glad to have you on Bord


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#4 posted 01-13-2011 01:14 AM

That is nice!

-- Beavercut

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#5 posted 01-13-2011 01:54 AM

That is an amazing piece of work.

Great that you managed without plans.


-- 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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#6 posted 01-13-2011 02:12 AM

Wow that is so cool, love it.

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#7 posted 01-13-2011 02:19 AM

OUTSTANDING!!!I know he will enjoy

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#8 posted 01-13-2011 05:25 AM

Very impressive. Excellent job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 01-13-2011 06:08 AM

I love the tires, how did you get that effect? Did you turn a cylinder with groovs then cut to make four segments per tire?

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#10 posted 01-13-2011 06:35 AM

Thanks for all the comments, he did love the tractor. The tires where made on the drill press and the table saw. I used a circle cutter on the drill press and then I cut the treads on the table saw with a dado blade by cutting them on and angle. Each tire is made from two pieces with the threads cut in different directions.

-- Steven - "Good enough for who it's for!"

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#11 posted 01-13-2011 06:40 AM

This thing rocks! Very cool present.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 01-13-2011 07:55 AM

How cool is that!!!

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#13 posted 01-13-2011 08:09 AM

Great Job, Looks amazing!!

-- I just don't understand. I have cut it 3 times and it is still to short.

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#14 posted 01-13-2011 11:08 AM

Outstanding work on this! It looks great!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#15 posted 01-13-2011 03:59 PM

Outstanding! Thanks for the info on the tires. What did you use for a finish? Also, let us see the display case when finished.

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