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Project by hunter71 posted 423 days ago 1462 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The property bordering ours is being timbered and that gave me a chance to view up close the powerful equipment used in logging today. With a model at my everyday disposal, I set out to build the first of a series of tree harvest equipment. I will build, the Feller/Buncher first. These are not glamorous pieces of equipment but they represent an industry that is overlooked in model building. The operation is simple. you drive up to a tree, clamp your arms around it, cut it, pick it up and carry it to a pile of 4-5 others and lay it down. The skidder comes and drags the huge pile of trees to the yarder where the limbs are stripped and another pile of logs are made awaiting trucks to haul them to a mill. My tree cutter articulates. The head raises and lowers and tips forward also the cutting wheel spins. Cab is as detailed as a real one and there is even a CAT engine in the compartment. I made up the diorama to show the cutter in action as this is not something everyone has a chance to see up close everyday. Oh, those wheels, I thought my wheel jig would make any wheels and tires I would ever need, guess what, I have made another wheel jig now. Built from Yellow Heart, White Oak and Walnut. Comments welcome. Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.





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bobman58

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#1 posted 423 days ago

Doug great model very realistic cant wait to see the others when you have made them

-- robert dignam

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#2 posted 423 days ago

Very creative and good work!

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#3 posted 423 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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woodshaver

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#4 posted 423 days ago

Nice scratch build Doug.
Good job on the staging too!
I had to do a double take on first look, I thought it was the real thing.
These machines are so interesting. Especially the ones that cut and debark the tree.
Tony

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

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diggerdelaney

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#5 posted 423 days ago

It is great to see different models. You have done a great job on this one. I also think the idea of the way you have photographed this makes it stand out. Well done on both counts

-- Derek, Kent, UK, http://s702.photobucket.com/albums/ww21/diggerdelaney/

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ldl

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#6 posted 423 days ago

Doug you ain’t nuttin but tha truth ole man. Great job on the feller/buncher. The pic are almost like being there.

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

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WoodenFrog

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#7 posted 423 days ago

Very Nice, My son loves there type projects!! He’s 11!!
Great Job!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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HauntedSpider

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#8 posted 423 days ago

Very nice detail you have there. I love these wooden models everyone has posted.

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#9 posted 423 days ago

Nice work Doug!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sandy

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#10 posted 423 days ago

Doug, your wood models are totally incredible.

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Sam Shakouri

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#11 posted 423 days ago

Really like real one. Well done.

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

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Dutchy

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#12 posted 423 days ago

Nice work. I am curiously to your wheel jig.
I don,t know this machine and in my first look to me it is like a jail on wheels :)

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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wiswood2

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#13 posted 423 days ago

Nice job hunter what brand is it .my sonienlaw has ponzes they look all together different.I got all the pictures ,now I have to get started,again
Nice Job.
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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oakwood

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#14 posted 423 days ago

Your replicas are most wonderful. Beautiful work.

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ralbuck

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#15 posted 423 days ago

I Bet you do NOT even want to know how much time you spent making that!

Teriffic

-- just rjR

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