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Project by archie18 posted 03-07-2018 11:36 PM 1097 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When my great nephew showed me a picture of a wooden excavator he wanted me to make for his Christmas present I was hesitant. I had never attempted anything quite so intricate before, especially the working treads. I found a YouTube video of someone building one from which I got the general dimensions and was able to sketch some crude plans. After quite a bit of trial and error I came up with a jig for making the treads. I was so proud of the result that I took it to a local craft fair to show off and ended up selling it,so I had to build another one for my great nephew!
It is made from walnut, oak, maple, cherry and mahogany. Cab is 6 in x 8 in. Booms are 15” and 9”

-- Robert in middle TN





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 03-07-2018 11:55 PM

wow an excellent job from scratch even ….more pictures would have made it better …you can put 6 on or more ….GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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JPJ

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#2 posted 03-08-2018 12:08 AM

You obviously have some design skills and woodworking talent. Beautiful !

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 03-08-2018 12:21 AM

Outstanding work! I’m agree with Tony R… more photos would be nice! Love all those treads!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 12:52 AM

Fabulous job mate, Love it.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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bushmaster

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 03:26 PM

Very nicely made model. I am sure that people would be interested in your jig to make tracks, as joints with pins is very labor intensive. I posted a method to make tracks very simply without the pins and looks more realistic. I have a Utube video too. https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=1wYBCx53g5o Might consider that method if you are making them for sale.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 03-08-2018 03:41 PM

Excellent job. Your nephew will enjoy this for years.

-- Julian

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archie18

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#7 posted 03-08-2018 04:06 PM

Thanks for the YouTube link Brian. That is easier. I wish I had made more pictures

-- Robert in middle TN

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ralbuck

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#8 posted 03-08-2018 05:14 PM



Very nicely made model. I am sure that people would be interested in your jig to make tracks, as joints with pins is very labor intensive. I posted a method to make tracks very simply without the pins and looks more realistic. I have a Utube video too. https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=1wYBCx53g5o Might consider that method if you are making them for sale.

- bushmaster

The Master is correct! Great job!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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crowie

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#9 posted 03-09-2018 09:56 AM

Magnificent work on the excavator sir… no hesitation in the future I’m sure with such a top job!!

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

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#10 posted 03-09-2018 12:04 PM

very nicely done. looks great

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 03-10-2018 09:28 PM

Well done sir. Youre nephew will be glad that you sold “his”excavator :)

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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Dutchy

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#12 posted 03-10-2018 09:29 PM



Very nicely made model. I am sure that people would be interested in your jig to make tracks, as joints with pins is very labor intensive. I posted a method to make tracks very simply without the pins and looks more realistic. I have a Utube video too. https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=1wYBCx53g5o Might consider that method if you are making them for sale.

- bushmaster

No video found.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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crowie

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#13 posted 03-11-2018 10:57 AM


Very nicely made model. I am sure that people would be interested in your jig to make tracks, as joints with pins is very labor intensive. I posted a method to make tracks very simply without the pins and looks more realistic. I have a Utube video too. https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=1wYBCx53g5o Might consider that method if you are making them for sale.

- bushmaster

No video found.

- Dutchy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wYBCx53g5o

try this one Dutchy

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

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oldnovice

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#14 posted 03-11-2018 05:54 PM

This was your first time?
You really did excellent work on this model.
Are there going to be more?

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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