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Project by toymaker posted 02-04-2008 05:01 AM 4224 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

here are a few pictures of some graders that i have made

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#1 posted 02-04-2008 05:27 AM

As I have said in previous posts the quality and workmanship of these pieces are just outstanding. What kind of wood(s) are you using in these pieces?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-04-2008 05:35 AM

Hello Toyguy,

Your toys are just amazing. I have to be careful when I look at your projects since my 5 year old son will start pushing me to make some toys like yours if he sees your projects.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#3 posted 02-04-2008 06:33 AM

Those are pretty nice!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 02-04-2008 09:40 AM

incredible, i love the detail on the wheels.

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#5 posted 02-04-2008 12:44 PM

Too good to be true Toymaker. Don’t let the kids play with those goodies without supervision.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 02-04-2008 01:37 PM

amazing work.

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#7 posted 02-04-2008 03:23 PM

Are those purple heart wheels?? Very stylish…LOL Again excellent quality as always.

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#8 posted 02-04-2008 03:24 PM

Great work! Wonderful detail-you must have infinite patience!

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#9 posted 02-26-2008 07:32 PM

Let me start off with WOW! As I look at these pictures, I begin to notice the details like the drip cap on the roof, the subtle change in woods for the blade, the hydrolic rams and the crisp detail of the tire chevrons… You have truly mastered your craft. These are prized possesions for those that have them. Very, very nice work.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#10 posted 02-26-2008 08:00 PM

Did you use a plan for the toys or did you make it up as you went. The wheels show great detail. Very nice job.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 11-11-2009 06:33 PM

Your work is outstanding. Totally fantastic.
Would you explain how you make your wheels. That is the same type of wheel that I want to make for a Toy Big Foot truck that I am making for my grandson, but I have no idea how to do it. Did you make a jig or buy one?
Thanks in Advance,

-- Willyb, Dearborn, Mich

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#12 posted 11-11-2009 06:43 PM

This is fantastic work

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#13 posted 11-13-2009 12:52 AM

thank you everyone. the wheels were made from the plans that toys and Joys put sin there plans for the graders and loaders. i have modified the new ones that i have done and used a 1/4 inch Duragrit bit in my rotory tool and carved it out by hand.

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#14 posted 12-22-2014 04:50 AM

I too would like to know the secret for making these wheels. Can you please explain the process or the jigs you made to do them.

I made a jig for my table saw, that held the wheel by a center axle hole and I run it through the saw and turned it between each pass then did another disc at opposite angle and glued the two halves together…..however there were some slight differences and the treads didn’t all match up perfectly. What am I doing wrong? Or is there a better/simpler way to do this?

Thanks in advance…

Don’t want to send off for a DVD if they are only going to suggest the same idea I’ve already thought up…..

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#15 posted 12-22-2014 05:16 AM

Hi Dave
I used my router for this instead of the table saw.
I did it in about the same way that you described, they don’t turn out the best but looked ok.
I did do a sample of one for a different project and glued everything together marked it all out then used my carving bit on my flex shaft and it turned out way better.

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