CAT 966 front end loader

  • Advertise with us
Project by Ryan Haasen posted 476 days ago 2751 views 11 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a Christmas gift for my dad, another addition to his construction model fleet in his office. He was not allowed in my shop from early November until it was finished and wrapped up (a week before christmas) just to keep it a surprise. My parents are extremely supportive of my woodworking, so I like to thank them with gifts (My gift to my mom is another project). It is based on the plans from Toys and Joys, but I added a few of my own details including the CAT logo, extra cab details, and the grip pounded into the ladder steps. It is made out of maple, curly maple, walnut, beech, yellow heart, and blood wood. The railings were the most challenging part as they are extremely fragile and the broke multiple times while being constructed, causing enough frustration. Although not one of my largest models, I still really like this model for the amount of detail it holds.

Thanks for taking a look!


-- Ryan

33 comments so far

View Oldtool's profile


1556 posts in 691 days

#1 posted 476 days ago

Fantastic detail, great model. Really looks good. I’m sure your father will cherish it for a long long time.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

View Don W's profile

Don W

13926 posts in 1067 days

#2 posted 476 days ago

wow, great detail. I doubt I’d have the patience. Well done.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

View Surfside's profile


2889 posts in 673 days

#3 posted 476 days ago

I know that it was not easy to make it. Amazing. Absolute.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

10789 posts in 838 days

#4 posted 476 days ago

Awesome job

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

View a1Jim's profile


109257 posts in 2077 days

#5 posted 476 days ago

Wow that’s impressive, great job ryan

-- Custom furniture

View hunter71's profile


1812 posts in 1686 days

#6 posted 476 days ago

Ryan, that is great. yes even awesome.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

View Northwest29's profile


606 posts in 990 days

#7 posted 476 days ago

Excellent job and detail. How did you make all those tiny bolts inside the wheel rim?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

View Dustmite97's profile


430 posts in 1720 days

#8 posted 476 days ago

Very impressive! The detail is amazing.

View Mark55's profile


114 posts in 563 days

#9 posted 476 days ago

Wow. That is fantastic. It always amazes me to see these things and yours has such detail. Incredible!!!
One thing I wonder is though, how hard is it to make all those little parts and keep all your fingers? Just kidding LOL!

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

View Woodbridge's profile


2419 posts in 918 days

#10 posted 476 days ago

Wow, that is really great. Wonderful details. It looks quite realistic.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

View GenerationWW's profile


521 posts in 749 days

#11 posted 476 days ago

Oh man, your detail work is awesome. Great job on that!

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ for free!

View thewoodworker01's profile


88 posts in 645 days

#12 posted 476 days ago

Wow! The attention to detail. That is beautiful. Great Job. That might be on the project list someday. Except I don’t know when someday is. Lol


-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

View buckeyedudes's profile


143 posts in 1628 days

#13 posted 476 days ago

Fantastic! What a beautiful and nice gift for your Father.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

View Shelbdog's profile


13 posts in 482 days

#14 posted 476 days ago


-- Shelby Strempke - IOWA...GO HAWKS

View gfadvm's profile (online now)


9541 posts in 1190 days

#15 posted 476 days ago

That is so realistic I expected diesel smoke from the exhaust stack! GREAT work.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

showing 1 through 15 of 33 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase