Toy Excavator

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Project by mlindegarde posted 02-14-2013 06:18 AM 5156 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While not the largest or most impressive, this is the project that really got me into woodworking. I saw it in Wood magazine 194 (November 2009) and decided that I would someday build it.

It took me over three years, but I’m finally there. My wife and I bought a house. I then bought a table saw, built a workbench, bought a router, bought a band saw, bought a drill press, built a router table, built some obligatory projects, bought several other tools I may or may not need, and finally built the toy I set out to build three years ago. Now that I think about it, this may be the most expensive toy ever built.

Now… I suppose I should probably use all of the tools I’ve collected along the way to build something you know… useful. Something that won’t leave my better half wondering “what are you going to do with that?”

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 07:43 AM

very nice and very professional! have fun with the next projects!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 02-14-2013 11:55 AM

Beautiful project. Makes me wish I was a kid again.

Your tools aren’t wasted. You have the talent, so I’m sure we we’ll see a lot of awesome projects from you and your tools.

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#3 posted 02-14-2013 01:17 PM

yep….got one of those too….very well done and i like your sequence pictures…


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

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#4 posted 02-14-2013 01:27 PM

I see you’ve also built the other toys in the series. I’ve already purchased the hardware for the semi / lowboy project. Although I’d like to do that next, I think a jewelry chest for my wife will be next.

@jim65 / tbandikoot
Thanks. I made a few mistakes along the way, but for the most part I was able to cover them up / fix them.

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#5 posted 02-14-2013 01:47 PM

Wow! that is a very nice miniature and you should be very proud of it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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woodshaver Tony C

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#6 posted 02-14-2013 02:37 PM

Outstanding! I love the look of your Excavator very find work, and also the 1929 truck by Prez! You guys do some nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 02-14-2013 02:58 PM

Very cool great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 02-14-2013 04:14 PM

Great looking toy. Use of different color woods sets it off.

Being an old Diesel & Heavy Equipment mechanic I really appreciate the designs and details in these toys. In my many years pulling wrenches I have werked on just about all of the ones all you guys that make these toys have made.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#9 posted 02-14-2013 11:03 PM

If you do not have a grandchild yet, I would start making one.
Beautiful work.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#10 posted 02-14-2013 11:33 PM

Start making one… do you mean like Pinocchio? At this point that might be my best bet. I haven’t quite gotten around to round one of kids. Round two is more than a few years off…

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Monte Pittman

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#11 posted 02-15-2013 02:40 AM

Excellent job

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

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#12 posted 02-15-2013 03:16 AM

@Monte Pittman
Thanks. I like the saying in your signature.

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#13 posted 02-15-2013 05:48 AM

G’Day “mlindegarde”, You’ve certainly done a fine job on the excavator, top marks & well done.
I have a copy of the Wood mag plans for one and it’s on the “to do list”.
Keep collecting good tools & keep producing great toys.
Cheers, from On Top DownUnder, crowie

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

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#14 posted 03-13-2014 06:10 PM

Very well made. I remember the issue, and every subsequent one that had another piece of construction equipment. What did you like best about this project? Least? What would you change?

-- Mark, Western New York, East Lake Woodcraft

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