New Holland Combine

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Project by darkmyble posted 05-07-2018 07:07 PM 1471 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello again everyone..

Here we have my New Holland Combine, the base plan for which is from Lloyds Wood Toy Plans. However I have added some scratch built detail on the back and front of the unit and with Lloyds help the auger which is not in the usual plans. With some r&d the header reel could be added but because this is for a toddler it was decided early in the build this wouldn’t be included.

This is a bit of a beast. 22” long, 11” wide, 9” tall weighing 3.2kg. Predominantly made from pine with Meranti highlights which is sourced from scrap wood and old window frames.

The main build wasn’t too difficult although with this layered type of building it does mean everything has to be spot on from printing to cutting and sanding.

At this point the only real decisions to be made are where highlighted areas will be

Given that this toy pairs with the Tractor and Kane Trailer I wanted to keep some uniformity across the three units.
So wheels and wood used are comparable with the others.

The rear of the combine was bare which seemed a little boring to me so after scouring the net and looking at various images I came up with a very simple engine and work area, pipes and the fan unit. Of course it doesn’t bear any resemblance to anything real.. but for a child it sparks intrigue and wonder and makes the toy that little bit more exciting to play with.

One thing i’m trying to get better at doing is railings, these aren’t perfect but we all have to start somewhere. I just need to keep practising and learning. Again these are quite chunky as they need to be toddler proof.

The next issue really was the front. The steps, platform ans railings are scratch built. The original plans use the same step used in the tractor which wouldn’t of looked right here.

So after searching in the internet and thinking about how I would go about it the platforms, support, railings and steps were added. A simpler platform and railing added to the opposing side.

The front tynes or knives were quite plain and boring. So i contacted Llloyd the maker of the plans and asked him about adding more detail. This is where the Auger came in to being. He’d been toying with the idea but had yet to actually build it.

i added the washers to add some more interest and allow for spacing rather than have them all bunched up.

The auger I found difficult to do. I used Meranti in keeping with the other highlights but in order to have the discs on angle required me to drill them on the angle which was problematic. I need to research how to do this more effectively and accurately and perhaps look at using a jig of some sort.

Its certainly far from perfect it definitely needs work if i’m to do this plan again.

The wheels are in keeping with the tractor and trailer, I will in time start producing more realistic wheels but for this I’ve kept them the same.

All that was left really was to personalise it. The letters were cut out and shaped using the end of my benchtop belt sander so they fitted the rear contour. I then shaped the letters to that line.

With several coats of Danish oil and polyurethane and the transfers added the build was complete. Customer is over the moon as im sure his grandson will be once he gets hold of it.

Well that’s it.. thank you for taking the time to read. I hope you like this addition to my projects.

Best wishes


-- If at first we don't succeed, measure and measure again

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#1 posted 05-07-2018 07:19 PM

Again a nice one and again a New Holland.


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#2 posted 05-07-2018 07:42 PM

Great Job!

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

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#3 posted 05-07-2018 08:54 PM

this model looks very good to me right like the ones i see in the fields come harvest time ….GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#4 posted 05-07-2018 09:27 PM

a beautiful machine. Love the detail.

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#5 posted 05-08-2018 12:45 AM

Brilliant build d’m’... Love your propensity for detail and eagerness to expand the visual affect from the less complex plans.

Pesonally I’d hate to surrender such a treasurel to toy breakers… sorry all you loving grandpas… and reserve a permanent place for it “in the billiard room” (bit of Aussie nostalgia).

Appreciate your skill in getting pine to respond. I’ve always found it kind on the tools but a bugger to keep in shape.

The auger I found difficult to do… but in order to have the discs on angle required me to drill them on the angle which was problematic…

Had a quick positive mental moment… May I suggest drilling a straight hole in a dowel and angle cutting it… didn’t say it was going to be easy to take the 3.2mm shaving (ok 1/8” in Philistine speak) and not waste 30 minutes finding it as it flies off into that unattainable corner of the workshop, but it may be worth investigating… haven’t fully followed it through as the “blade” angle may now be wrong… just a thought.

PS. If I must raise a negative… I’m not a fan of coloured decals. But then I’m talking from a purist woddie “collector’s” POV not a toddler (who probably could’t read it anyway). Nevertheless, love the “LOUIE”.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 05-08-2018 12:47 AM

Thank you for sharing the construction of this model with us.
What a great job you did.
Love the way you researched details to make this “Yours”.
I have no doubt you will get better, but if I was a kid I would be really, really happy with this toy.
Great Job.


-- 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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#7 posted 05-08-2018 03:36 AM

Great build very nicely done

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 05-08-2018 04:55 AM

Super nice project right out of the barn ready for work.

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#9 posted 05-08-2018 08:37 AM

PS. If I must raise a negative… I m not a fan of coloured decals. But then I m talking from a purist woddie “collector s” POV not a toddler (who probably could t read it anyway). Nevertheless, love the “LOUIE”.

Indeed I couldn’t agree more.. and its a difficult decision to include or omit these decals. From a toddlers point of view you’re probably quite right again they might not be able to even read it. The injection of colour though makes it that little bit visually interesting.

With regard the auger having thought about and in hindsight of course I should of drilled the discs straight on and then used a correctly sized file to carefully file the angle to the right angle. I’m sure a jig could be used to steady the wood and bit as it drills on the angle. So there’s plenty to learn and figure out. Its half the fun of woodworking to me.

Many thanks for your kind words

You’re a true gent

-- If at first we don't succeed, measure and measure again

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#10 posted 05-08-2018 08:41 AM

Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement. Those of you who know my work and my efforts know that I struggle day to day with mobility issues and the drugs I have to take to combat nerve and physical pain. Along with that the smallest most pathetic workspace known to man too haha.. I love woodworking and your words inspire me to continue and to better my skills. Thank you

-- If at first we don't succeed, measure and measure again

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#11 posted 05-08-2018 10:55 AM

This is a magnificent model and displays a lot of fine details and beautiful craftsmanship.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 05-08-2018 04:10 PM

Wow! That’s amaizing and detailed, especialy the front part.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 05-08-2018 04:55 PM

very nice job detail is great

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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#14 posted 05-09-2018 10:20 AM

Love the details Mark, you have certainly done a superb job.

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

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#15 posted 05-10-2018 09:53 AM

... From a toddlers point of view… injection of colour…

Yup… but I’m selfish… I’d rather keep it in a cabinet for the colour blind adults to gawk at.

You re a true gent

Bite your tongue… But thanks for the attempt to humanise me.

With regard the auger…
- darkmyble

Perhaps, slip a dowel down the centre which should provide substantial rigidity (and ease of “dowel” removal), then you should be able to use an angled dropsaw, scroll saw or bandsaw..
Just don’t forget to count your fingers after the job… PS. don’t use remaining fingers for the count…

... the smallest most pathetic workspace known to man…

Confined to the limits of your imagination… Wheels expand the workspace 10 fold… as a bribery for more toy gifts, just get the kiddies to help wheel the tools out.

... I love woodworking and your words inspire me to continue and to better my skills…

I prefer to NOT call it inspiration but rather a foot up the itty-bitty… to get you to appreciate your ability and continue in the future.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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