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Project by darkmyble posted 05-07-2018 07:59 PM 1063 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi again folks.. well the plans for this little dozer were taken from The Great Book of Wooden Toys by Norm Marshall and Bill Holt.

Just as one of my earlier projects from this book, this is a little toy for my neighbours 9 year old son.

The plan version is bland with no detail at all as you can imagine..

So the question was how was i gong to add detail to such a small toy.. I spent many hours looking at bulldozers from almost everywhere and whilst I didn’t want to replicate the details of a real bulldozer I did want to add enough detail to stir some excitement and wow factor though. Adding the track detail was fun. It allowed me to be inventive, and think out of the box.

The underside of this is simple but the one thing i thought about was the wheels are smooth which wouldn’t be very good when my neighbours son is pushing it along the decking or paths in their garden. This is where I got to use some of the stuff that my wife renders ‘useless’.

Bear with me here.. we have a round halogen oven, its round and sits on top of a big pyrex flat bottomed bowl. Our last one had lasted several years but stopped working so I ordered a new one. In order to adjust add larger items to cook an expansion ring can be used to raise the halogen element. Surrounding this steel ring is a rubber heat resistant band.

I cut this into strips and glued it to the hardwood wheels…

Next i thought about the track sides.. i couldnt leave them plain. So again looking through images i wanted to add detail that resembled that of the real thing but didn’t necessarily copy.

This is what i came up with…

and using again the black rubber between the hardwood track lugs adds to the look.

The rest of the build was straightforward and easy. I struggled with the size of the front plate on my hobby bandsaw so i opted to cut down the middle and add a section behind to add strength.

I wanted to add more detail so added a radiator and some fake hydraulics. Of course they’re in completely the wrong the place because of the location of the blade pivot but to a 9 year old kid its not about it being exact. Its just about imagination and play.. and given my wife says I have the mentality of a 9 year old this actually did ring true haha!

Well there it is a very simple easy build that has some nice detailing ideal for a 9 year old to play construction with. It still needs several coats of poly to make sure its that little bit tougher and it’ll be handed over to the lad. He’s seen it.. i couldn’t not let him see it.. first words out of his mouth was WOW!! and all his friends were in awe too. I think i’ve had 4 or 5 of them come and ask me to make them something now.. I think i may of started something.
This is literally scrap wood.. its the bits ive thrown away for burning in my chimnea so to make something like this from waste is certainly rewarding..

More to come soon..

Thanks again for reading


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

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#1 posted 05-07-2018 08:08 PM

You have been bussy. Nice.


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#2 posted 05-07-2018 08:48 PM

very nice dozer and at age 9 he can really enjoy it …GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#3 posted 05-07-2018 09:00 PM

I see one MAJOR ISSUE!

Way to nice to let a kid ruin it!

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

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#4 posted 05-07-2018 11:25 PM

That’s AWESOME! Really great embellishments on the original.

I’ve had my eye on this model too, and have been designing working tracks for it in my head.
Hope I can get to it soon.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#5 posted 05-08-2018 12:52 AM

Another great build d’m’.

In it’s “raw” state I might agree… however, with your refinements…

I see one MAJOR ISSUE!

Way to nice to let a kid ruin it!

- ralbuck

r’b’ gets my vote.

-- 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 03:28 AM

ver7 nice build, enjoyed seeing how you made it., will come back and study it some more.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 05-08-2018 03:35 AM

Great details

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

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#8 posted 05-08-2018 11:00 AM

I also like this beautiful bulldozer model. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 05-09-2018 10:17 AM

Love the personal detailing Mark, very cleverly done and looks great sir

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

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