Back Hoe Tractor

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Project by Ick posted 09-25-2018 09:21 PM 1138 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back Hoe Tractor
Toys and Joys Pattern #71

Wooden model built for my grandson for Christmas. Dark wood is walnut; cherry was used for reinforcing pieces, and maple was the base.

Roughly 170 pieces, counting all of the dowel axles and axle caps.

The pattern called for 40 – 3/16” axle caps; this is NOT correct. I think they forgot to count the outriggers, which add 16. Throw in a couple of spares, in case (when), they split. I’d get no less than 60. I wound up paying a premium for shipping the extra axle caps.

My first “wooden model”, and it was definitely more challenging than the “wooden toys” that I’d previously built. It is approximately 24” long, so it’s a beast.

Grandson is the recipient (at Christmas), and hopefully he can keep it in one piece.

-- Craig, Oklahoma

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#1 posted 09-25-2018 10:22 PM

Good job grandpa!
That is one lucky little boy to have such a fine toy on Christmas day!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 09-25-2018 10:33 PM

Really nice job and looks heavy duty for the grandson.
I’m sure it was fun to build but will be a blast to play with also.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#3 posted 09-25-2018 10:43 PM

nice job on your first model just a warning it is very addicting how old is your grandson ? be prepared to glue parts back on … LOL GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#4 posted 09-25-2018 11:23 PM

Nice “toy” for grandson. I guess Tonka toys are Hohum now ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 09-25-2018 11:32 PM

Great job Ick... As GR8 inferred… more addictive than dope!

Like your take on the gear sticks. Cool way of incorporating the bucket bracket in the bucket assembly for stability and contrast.

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

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#6 posted 09-25-2018 11:47 PM

Great job Ick... As GR8 inferred… more addictive than dope!

Like your take on the gear sticks. Cool way of incorporating the bucket bracket in the bucket assembly for stability and contrast.

- LittleBlackDuck

You caught me—I varied from the plan on the rear bucket and incorporated the bucket bracket into the bucket assembly. I think it will make it a lot more durable; and it’s an easy way to introduce color with the walnut. It did make sanding the bucket a little more of a challenge. I went with glue on brackets for the front bucket. We’ll see which technique proves best.

-- Craig, Oklahoma

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#7 posted 09-26-2018 01:12 AM

Very Nice Work & Well Done Craig!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#8 posted 09-26-2018 03:23 AM

What a top job sir, you’ll have one very happy chap when he receives that beautiful tractor.

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

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#9 posted 09-26-2018 02:03 PM

great job. I’m sure your Grandson will be thrilled.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 09-27-2018 06:26 AM

What can I say on that…perfect built.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 12-18-2018 01:36 PM

Can I have one? Please!

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