CAT 966 front end loader

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Project by Ryan Haasen posted 577 days ago 3066 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

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#1 posted 577 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

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#2 posted 577 days ago

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

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#3 posted 577 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"

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#4 posted 577 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

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#5 posted 577 days ago

Wow that’s impressive, great job ryan

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#6 posted 577 days ago

Ryan, that is great. yes even awesome.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 577 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."

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#8 posted 577 days ago

Very impressive! The detail is amazing.

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#9 posted 577 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.

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#10 posted 577 days ago

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

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#11 posted 577 days ago

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

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#12 posted 577 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".

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#13 posted 577 days ago

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

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#14 posted 577 days ago


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#15 posted 577 days ago

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

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