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Blog series by Pjonesy updated 03-12-2017 12:49 AM 4 parts 8192 reads 56 comments total

Part 1: Road Grader design by Gatto

12-18-2016 03:22 AM by Pjonesy | 22 comments »

I started this a few weeks ago so I thought maybe it’s time to share the progress with my fellow model makers.Most of the wood is American Cherry and Walnut. I have added a few small pieces on New Zealand Swamp Kauri.All the dark colored dowel’s were made by me (see my blog on making dowel’s with a router). Hopefully I will get a bit more done before Christmas. Speaking of Christmas I would like to wish all my fellow timber ...

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Part 2: I did do something over the Christmas period

01-07-2017 02:38 AM by Pjonesy | 9 comments »

I have now completed the rear half of the Grader apart from the wheels. Most of the cab is made from New Zealand Kauri with American Cherry for hinges on the doors. The rear tool box is also Kauri. I have temporarily pinned the two halves together and sat the rear axle on blocks for a better idea of how the whole thing will look a little later on. I made the hinges on the doors slightly out of alignment so that they bind a little when fully opened. This keeps them in the open po...

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Part 3: Blade assembly

02-02-2017 04:23 AM by Pjonesy | 13 comments »

Only slow progress lately with holidays and weekends away etc. etc.Any way I have almost completed the blade assembly, I am building everything in the same order as per Gatto plans.The blade is actually made up of 8 sections an inch and a half long, this makes a blade with a total length of 12 inches.I made the blade out of a native NZ timber called Rimu. The long dark dowels are walnut, made with my router, see my blog on this to see how I did it. Most of the other timber is American Cherry....

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Part 4: Rippers and blade added

03-12-2017 12:49 AM by Pjonesy | 12 comments »

Sorry this has taken a while, I have had a few distractions lately. This first photo shows the rippers in place for a trial fitting before a final sanding and oiling. The parts need to be oiled separately and allowed to dry before assembly to prevent sticking. This next photo shows the ripper bar and how the teeth are attached. Note that the ripper teeth are in dark Walnut and that each one has 2 parts. 1 is the ripper itself and in the front of that is a very small wedge also from dark ...

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