Excavator - Toys and Joys

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Project by arudson posted 06-05-2021 12:08 AM 925 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several of these have been posted on LJ already. The plans are from Toys and Joys and I took some design mods and construction techniques from htl and dutchy .

It was a fun project. Much more time consuming than I anticipated. Making the hydraulics were part I had most fears about but that went very smoothly after I carefully leveled my drill press. While not too difficult, making the tracks took the longest. Some LJ’s talk about loosing interest towards the end as the project takes so long – I get that. Originally, I thought I would do something different with the cab and it’s interior but that was the last part I made and kept it stock to keep the work pace up.

Working off blueprints leaves a lot of decisions that need to be made, and not all the ones I made were good ones. When making the undercarriage/trucks, I drilled all the holes for the wheels before making the tracks – this resulted in an extremely tight track fit with a lot of resistance and binding on movement. I stuffed a few blocks between the assembled track and rollers for a few days to stretch it-out which helped some, but once I had a few coats of tung oil on it everything spun freely.

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#1 posted 06-05-2021 01:00 AM

Looks great, details make the project. Wonderful choice of woods.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 06-05-2021 12:55 PM


Amazing job, way to go.

Looked at all those links and knew they must have been real time consuming. Just a great build.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#3 posted 06-05-2021 01:10 PM

A beautiful one! Yes time consuming!

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#4 posted 06-05-2021 01:46 PM

a real nice one i love your choice of woods GREAT JOB :<)))

WELCOME 2 the model world …. WHATS NEXT ?

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#5 posted 06-05-2021 05:07 PM

Really nice work.

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#6 posted 06-05-2021 07:12 PM

So beautifully do!!!
It really brings back memories as this was my first try at a Toys & Joys project.
Love your wood choices and it really has the look and feel of the older excavators, again well done.

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#7 posted 06-05-2021 09:26 PM

Excellent work. I like your contrasting wood choices. Great details. Display it with pride.

-- TimV: The understanding eye sees the maker's fingerprints. They are evident in every detail ... Leave Fingerprints. Author: James Krenov

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#8 posted 06-05-2021 11:01 PM

Great lumber choices, they make your detail work stand out

-- 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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#9 posted 06-05-2021 11:31 PM

Very nice and great choice of wood.

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#10 posted 06-06-2021 09:11 PM

Very nice, I’ve made some projects from Toys and Joys. I might try the Excavator. Thanks for posting.


-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.

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#11 posted 08-08-2021 07:40 AM

That’s one beaut excavator sir… that dark wood is gorgous timber

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

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