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Project by ccanderson102 posted 366 days ago 880 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Q: What do you give a kid who has too many toys?
A: Another toy but this time hand made

No long ago my son asked me for a grader and scraper to add to his collection of construction toys. My son and I love Bruder toys, they use no fasteners and have exceptional detail but unfortunately, they are not wood. I would have gladly purchased one for him but I had been thinking about building a grader for a while and selfishly wanted to give it a shot. This is the product of a few hours of sketchup and full scale drawings and 10 hours of quality time with my son. I got the first go at grading Lima beans. It works great

I am keeping with my theme of naturally applied hand oil finish over many session and no use of screws or nails. This time I had to use a single 1/4” bolt to attach the blade.

Next up is a few more dump trucks new fathers at work them on to a 1:16 scale quadtrac 535. I’m open to suggestions for the tracks





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 365 days ago

Great looking project for you and your son. I’m sure he’ll enjoy playing with it more. Remember building many for my son. Looks like the scale is right on.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 365 days ago

Very nice.
I made a grader, mamy years ago. I LIKE That your blade not only turns, but raises and lowers also!

I also like that you make your own wheels.

“10-4-Big Daddy”! – old Citizen Band radio slang!

-- just rjR

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 365 days ago

Love it, I have thought about making this for some time, Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 365 days ago

Great project. The benefit is of course 10 hours of quality time with your son.

-- 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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Woodbridge

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#5 posted 365 days ago

I really like wooden toys, and your looks real nice. I hope you give your son a chance to grade some of those Lima beans. I’m sure you’ll both enjoy this grader and the dump truck fleet to come.!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Fishinbo

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#6 posted 364 days ago

Cool toy! Like the design, simple details but looks sturdy. Surely be a great family heirloom. Kids will have loads of fun.

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hunter71

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#7 posted 363 days ago

Great build. many hours of play here. Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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crowie

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#8 posted 352 days ago

Very nice wooden toy grader, it will surpass all his other toys [built to last].
He;ll enjoy it for years and maybe pass it on to his children one day.
Just a thought, maybe the new gift could be a small tool tote box which over time you & he could fill with HIS woodworking tools….. thus getting him using his hands and imagination while learning the tools.

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

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