My first grader

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Project by prez posted 12-18-2011 06:19 PM 1567 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, it’s been awhile but I’m back in my mancave and hard at work! This is my first attempt at making wooden models and I must say, I enjoyed it! More to come for sure….
This idea came from my Wood magazine November edition. They have really good plans there.
The grader is approx 17 inches long, made of ash and walnut. I finished it using regular cooking oil from my wife’s kitchen.
The hardest part of the whole project was finding those small parts like axles, wheels, headlights, etc…I was forced to improvise and made a few of the parts myself. I guess you can’t go down to the HH store anymore to find some of these parts…found a supply at Lee Valley and will order some for my next project.
Anyway, it was an enjoyable project….now I have to figure out “who” gets it for Christmas….heheheh (or should I say hohoho! )

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#1 posted 12-18-2011 08:17 PM

I love all the toys folks make and post on LJs. You have done a excellent job, the grader looks great. You’ve still got some time till Christmas to make another one in case you are having to choose who will get one!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario (

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#2 posted 12-18-2011 08:31 PM

And I was expecting to see another story about a 6 year old helping in the shop.

-- Michael :-{| Don't anthropomorphise your tools, they hate it when you do that.

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#3 posted 12-18-2011 11:03 PM

Looks like it’s ready to move dirt for sure…nice job

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#4 posted 12-18-2011 11:46 PM

Very cool great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 12-19-2011 12:30 AM

Great job i love building toys.

-- Ray

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#6 posted 12-19-2011 12:32 AM

You might check at Hobby Lobby if one close by they have lots of crafty stuff. Love the machine but was expecting a 6 year old as well.

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#7 posted 12-19-2011 03:01 AM

Sorry….no little elves working in my mancave! They all live out of province…and only come to see Santa in the summer! That’s why Santa has reindeers, so he can deliver presents far away…..

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#8 posted 12-20-2011 12:47 AM

I have always wanted to try making models. Nice job.
What cooking oil did you use as a finish? I’m always looking for alternative (non-toxic) ways to do things.

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#9 posted 12-20-2011 02:08 AM

Zuki…..Canola oil !! straight from the kitchen…..

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#10 posted 12-21-2011 01:10 AM

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#11 posted 12-25-2011 05:11 AM

very well done. the contrasting wood really sets this apart from others. Nice one Bud.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 03-04-2013 08:06 AM

G’Day “prez”, That’s on top Road Grader from the wood Magazine “construction series”.
Do you have the rest of the plans to work on the whole set??
Cheers from On Top DownUnder, crowie

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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