Bobcat Skidsteer Loader from Wood Magazine Construction Series....

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Project by crowie posted 07-04-2014 11:39 AM 5700 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bobcat Skidsteer Loader from Wood Magazine Construction Series….

I love the Wood Magazine Construction Series and decided to have a go at the Bobcat Skidsteer Loader…
I had quite a difficulties getting the plan to work as my print out of the pattern was smaller than the actual sizes plus I’ve found that if the plans are in imperial measurements, one must do all the cutting that way…
I had to resize most of my timber to suit, which adds to the project build.
As per my usual habit I have personalized the build adding a number of extra features.
I’ve used a mixture of Aussie timbers from Huon Pine, Tassie Oak, Spotted Gum, Black Sassafras plus what we think is American Walnut reclaimed from a 1890 Boston Pump Organ [which had fallen apart].
The finish is four coats of clear gloss polyurethane from a pressure pack can [shack & rattle].
The arms are nearly 1/2” thick with the laminated inner to give strength to the lower section plus I made the cross members wider along with the pivots on the buckets.

There is an inner strengthener under the cabin roof plus added headlights.
The engine block has the sided added to overcome a human issue [measure twice & cut once] but looks okay.

The taillights were additions along with the exhaust pipe.
I added bumper bars front and rear on the main chassis.
All the moving parts have nylon washers between the timber, with S/S washers on the axle peg into the wheels which were bought from Woodworks Ltd in Texas [so much cheaper than purchasing here in Australia even with shipping cost].
I did have some help and inspiration from a little blue Handy bloke.

The grandsons have given it a very good workout/test run already..nothing broken..

The best part of the build was finding out after it was all finished that the bobcat was the prefect scale for the Tough Aussie Tipper I’d built earlier….

I’ve enjoyed the build and get a double dose of joy seeing the grandsons play….well worth while!!!

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

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#1 posted 07-04-2014 11:46 AM

Oh forgot to mention a HUGE THANK YOU to the Peterbilt Merchandising Shop whom I purchased a small quantity of “lapel pins” from a few months back…. very helpful with reasonable delivery costs to Australia….
The “lapel pins” add the finishing touch with a number plate to the wooden toys PLUS a great truck….

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

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#2 posted 07-04-2014 12:23 PM

Looks great. ANY kid would LOVE to have these to play with…. heck, even ME!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 07-04-2014 12:41 PM

LOVE IT !!! Also love the ad I’m seeing at the bottom of the post. How appropriate. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 07-04-2014 01:21 PM

Another great build from your workshop Peter

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#5 posted 07-04-2014 01:22 PM

Nice job bet the grandkid are giving them a workout. I have built a couple of those WOOD Mag toys the excavator and backhoe loader and have been impressed with them. I was worried how the first one would hold up but both of them are going strong for a 3 year old and his friends.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 07-04-2014 01:33 PM

very nice, looks like a fun project!

-- Dan

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#7 posted 07-04-2014 01:48 PM

Well Crowie it looks great, for sure. I may have to get that set of plans it they have them on the Wood magazine site. I really enjoyed watching you build it on that “other” forum. PLD

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#8 posted 07-04-2014 03:00 PM

I enjoyed building the bob-cat too and believe I had the same problems with “sizing” as you did….but I really like the extras you’ve put on the cat! Just gives it that extra touch…nice job.

I gave it to my brother when he retired from his construction job. He thought it was great!


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

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#9 posted 07-04-2014 03:19 PM

Very Nice Crowie I am sure the kids love it. I do to and I am a long ways over kid status


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#10 posted 07-04-2014 03:50 PM

great project

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 07-04-2014 05:00 PM

Nice photos, nice project.Funny Smurf!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 07-04-2014 08:32 PM

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#13 posted 07-05-2014 01:21 AM

Thank you one and all for the very kind words of encouragement….much appreciated…

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

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#14 posted 07-05-2014 01:29 AM

You did an amazing job with this. I am building two myself from the same plans for my two nephews. Yours looks much better than mine

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#15 posted 07-05-2014 01:56 AM

G’Day Kaleb, Please take any ideas from mine to add to yours and PLEASE share the final results as all wooden toys are First Class handmade expressions of someone’s passion & love…..
Your nephews will give you a triple joys, the build first and there smiles second…

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

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