Construction series- Road Grader

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Project by hunter71 posted 12-03-2012 12:00 PM 3346 views 10 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Latest addition to my construction series with some help from T&J plans. Details I like to work on can be seen easier in this open cab. No model features were followed exactly. Wheels are one of my fussy points and these came out nice, Walnut tires and Cherry centers, even an air valve. All the blade functions work as they should. The ripper is not attached and may not be a part of this model, it makes it too long. Might add a front ripper instead. Local Walnut, Cheery, Ash, White Oak, and a Myrtle cab. Brushed, then sprayed semi gloss Poly.
Thanks for looking, Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Sam Shakouri

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#1 posted 12-03-2012 12:09 PM

from the first picture, I thought it was real. Very nice.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#2 posted 12-03-2012 12:21 PM

well done.. looks great

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 12-03-2012 12:40 PM

...down to the last detail, it looks as though it could fire up and drive away.

Very nicely done.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 12:54 PM

Great looking grader Doug! So much detail to see. I like how you displayed it , gives the grader that real look, I got the “real” feeling at first glance also!
Great work!
Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 12-03-2012 01:05 PM

All I can do is shake my head when I see your stuff. The cab controls are out of sight, the wheels – magnificent.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#6 posted 12-03-2012 01:15 PM

As Sam & Woodadhver said at First glance also thought it was real. Great job & thank you… Ed

-- Ed Port Republic

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#7 posted 12-03-2012 01:21 PM

Your attention to detail is nothing less than incredible. Great project. By the way, would you share the dimensions since your photos make it look full size—or, maybe it is. LOL

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 12-03-2012 01:33 PM

T&J says it should be 25” long. Mine is 29 long x 7” wide and 10” tall. Add the ripper and it is 2.5” longer.
T&J plans are very good, I just like to add my own ideas and ”kick them up a notch”

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 12-03-2012 01:56 PM

Wow! I used to build models, but nothing this nice. Wow! and WOW! again!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 12-03-2012 01:57 PM


-- Joel

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#11 posted 12-03-2012 02:13 PM

Another great build. Love those dark colored wheels.

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#12 posted 12-03-2012 03:47 PM

Awesome project. Thought it was real as well.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 12-03-2012 03:55 PM

Very nice job hunter.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#14 posted 12-03-2012 04:32 PM

Awsome toy.I’m always amaized with those kind of projects. So many working hours and tones of patience.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 12-03-2012 04:34 PM

Wow, that is a fabulous grader. Like other I did a double take at first glance,it looked real.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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