Front End Loader and Compactor

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Project by johnstoneb posted 08-14-2014 12:58 PM 2083 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Front Loader is another Wood magazine project. I took the Excavator up to my grandson and while we were visiting there. He told us he needed a roller. I was planning on building the front end loader and it hit me that the rear half of the front loader could be attached to a compactor roller. I got on Sketchup and drew up the front half and attached it to the rear half with a little adjustment with dimensions the proportions seemed to be about right. I built the compactor. Actually I built two rear halves of the loader then attached a roller to one and then built the front half of the loader. These are all built from cutoffs and scrap pieces from other projects and some pallet lumber (Walnut and Maple). When I finished the loader I thought the bucket was a little small. I built another bucket a 1/2” larger all the way around and I think it looks better. I/ve really been impressed by these toys from Wood. The loader backhoe and excavator have held up really well in the hands of a three year old and his friends.
These are finished with lacquer and the roller is turned from maple.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 08-14-2014 01:05 PM

Great looking Toys! I am sure someone will be very happy playing with them.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#2 posted 08-14-2014 01:13 PM

Cool! Very nicely built, not over designed with too much detail—just right for a child’s toy. I’m sure your grandson will enjoy them and always remember what his grandfather built for him. Great job.

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

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#3 posted 08-14-2014 01:28 PM

These are wonderful! Can I play too???

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 08-14-2014 02:52 PM

Very cool Bruce. Well done.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 08-14-2014 11:27 PM

Hours of fun imagining the loud roar of big diesel engines digging up real dirt.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 08-15-2014 12:38 AM

Very nice the kids will be pleased no doubt.

Now about those wooden gears I see in the background, care to enlighten?
I am thinking of building a wooden “vault” style door with a central lock and four sliding bolts driven by gears and a linear rail.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 08-15-2014 03:20 AM

I am building a wooden geared clock also. I need to get going on it again. Sanding the gear teeth can get really boring. It doesn’t take much to get me on another project.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 08-15-2014 04:22 AM

OK will be keeping a watch out !!

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 08-16-2014 03:39 PM


-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#10 posted 11-14-2014 11:43 PM

The Wood Construction Series plans are great wooden toys for little blokes to play with…
simple and strong though not as easy to make as the look….first class job sir…

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

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