Happy Birthday Dad !!!!

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Project by MShort posted 04-18-2012 12:14 AM 2055 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I received my Wood Magazine May 2012 issue a few weeks back and I found the plans for this front end loader in the issue. My dad’s 72nd birthday was coming up and I thought that this would be a great gift for him. He is retired but at his last job he operated one of these daily. I have never made one of these type of projects but it was alot of fun doing so. I gave the gift to my dad and he loved it. It is made of Walnut and Maple. Thanks for looking.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#1 posted 04-18-2012 12:23 AM

That looks cool looking bobcat. the contrasting wood colours are great

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 04-18-2012 12:41 AM

You did a good job. I built the dump bed truck and now the long bed truck . I am thinking about doing this to go on the long bed truck.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#3 posted 04-18-2012 12:46 AM

I’m building one also, I noticed that you left the 1/8 champher out also. It seemed like overkill to me.
I just got the hardware kit the other day, so I can finish up soon. Today was consumed by driving to pickup a dust collector. A 3.5hp PennState with the cartridge filter. Man, that thing sucks a lot more than my current 2hp (1.5 on a good day) HF unit. It has a 7.75 inch diameter main inlet with a reducing collar to 6”. I guess I will have to break down and get the 6” S&D pipe now.

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#4 posted 04-18-2012 01:35 AM

Looks great! Happy Birthday to Dad!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#5 posted 04-18-2012 01:37 AM

Bet Dad thinks real cool Mike, happy b’day Dad :))

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

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#6 posted 04-18-2012 01:39 AM

What a great surprise for him… neat….

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 04-18-2012 02:30 AM

Very appropriate. I’m sure he’ll love it!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#8 posted 04-18-2012 04:55 AM

What a fun gift! Great Job!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 04-18-2012 10:06 AM

Great job and a wonderful present. I still remember how thrilled I was when I received a bird feeder built by my grandson with help from my son, so I know how your father feels. Hope he has many more.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#10 posted 04-18-2012 10:18 AM

Nice work… and GREAT sentiment!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#11 posted 04-18-2012 10:19 AM

Wow Mike, your dad is really old, or at least older than me. I am 72 today. This was nicely done and a really thoughtful gift too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 04-18-2012 10:47 AM

Great job Mike, your Dad will love it…very cool idea.

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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#13 posted 04-18-2012 11:40 AM

nice work.

-- Rod, London UK

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#14 posted 04-18-2012 12:09 PM

Thanks for alll the great comments. Happy Birthday to you to Mike.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#15 posted 04-18-2012 12:18 PM

Cool. It looks like I could jump in and run it around.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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