Front End Loader

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Project by woodgraver posted 06-05-2013 06:48 PM 4015 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a companion for the dump truck I previously made. The plans came from Woodcraft Magazine (June/July 2013). I designed and cut the tires on my CNC machine as well as the intricate pieces that make up the bucket mechanism, frame and operating lever. All the rest was done on the table saw. I did use a laser engraver to personalize the engine cover. Can’t wait to see it in action with the dump truck when I go visit my nephew on Labor Day weekend!

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, belfair, WA,

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#1 posted 06-05-2013 08:28 PM

Nice design work! I should make some of these on my CarveWright.

I was wishing I had a rotary axis on my CarveWright, but then realized I could probably do this with the rotary axis jig… Hmmmm… that got the gears turning…

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#2 posted 06-05-2013 09:07 PM

Awesome way to make the tires. Nice project !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 06-06-2013 03:19 AM

I recognize your CNC. Did you program the treads in CCAM or a Vectric product? How do you like your spindle? Did you do the factory training?

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#4 posted 06-06-2013 04:48 AM

Good God. Now I need a CNC machine.

-- Witty signature line still pending

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#5 posted 06-06-2013 05:01 AM

I only used Conversational Cam to turn the cylinder round to 3.5” from about 3.65 coming off my lathe. I prefer to take short blanks like this from square to round on the lathe vice using the CNC to do it. The tread patterns were done in Aspire and I used a 60 degree v-bit for them. I tried to adjust my speeds and feeds but still was getting some burnishing of the wood…in the end I think it gives the tires a nice contrast.

Love the spindle, there are many advantages of using it over a router…being able to control the speed programatically, much quieter, and my favorite…no cooling fan blowing the saw dust everywhere!

I did go visit the factory and spent 2 days there going through their training ( and try to catch their online courses when my schedule allows.

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, belfair, WA,

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#6 posted 06-06-2013 08:04 AM

Very nice, great work…..

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

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#7 posted 06-06-2013 02:26 PM

A great project. I hope you make more projects with your Legacy CNC. I think many of us would be interested in seeing the results. Perhaps you could post a blog or video of your CNC. Thanks for your service in the Navy, shipmate.

-- Julian

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#8 posted 06-06-2013 02:31 PM

Unique project well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 06-06-2013 02:31 PM

Julian, I will have to look into how to post a blog but can upload video some of the steps for this project this evening. It was a long 25 years, but I was happy to serve…even happier to have retired!


-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, belfair, WA,

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#10 posted 06-06-2013 06:18 PM

Very nice job!

Not so common to see a CNC router set up with the 4th axis. I hope to go there some day myself.

What did you do in the Navy? I was a bubblehead once upon a time.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#11 posted 06-06-2013 07:19 PM

Matt, I too started out as a bubblehead (submariner for those that dont know) did two tours on cruisers and three tours on Aircraft Carriers. I operated the nuclear power plants in the beginning, then went LDO (officer program) and ended up managing the maintenance for an aircraft carrier. Huge difference between submarine life and carrier life, glad I got to experience so much diversity. What was your specialty?

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, belfair, WA,

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#12 posted 06-06-2013 11:40 PM

nice looking wheels, but on the real tires the lugs are off set .Good job

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#13 posted 06-07-2013 12:35 AM

Nice looking toy. CNC is great, but I guess I am just an old timer though, and do it the hard way. I do have a small dedicated modified table saw for my tractor wheels.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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