CAT 966 front end loader

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Project by Ryan Haasen posted 12-27-2012 08:50 PM 12698 views 13 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a Christmas gift for my dad, another addition to his construction model fleet in his office. He was not allowed in my shop from early November until it was finished and wrapped up (a week before christmas) just to keep it a surprise. My parents are extremely supportive of my woodworking, so I like to thank them with gifts (My gift to my mom is another project). It is based on the plans from Toys and Joys, but I added a few of my own details including the CAT logo, extra cab details, and the grip pounded into the ladder steps. It is made out of maple, curly maple, walnut, beech, yellow heart, and blood wood. The railings were the most challenging part as they are extremely fragile and the broke multiple times while being constructed, causing enough frustration. Although not one of my largest models, I still really like this model for the amount of detail it holds.

Thanks for taking a look!


-- Ryan

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#1 posted 12-27-2012 08:59 PM

Fantastic detail, great model. Really looks good. I’m sure your father will cherish it for a long long time.

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#2 posted 12-27-2012 09:03 PM

wow, great detail. I doubt I’d have the patience. Well done.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 12-27-2012 09:04 PM

I know that it was not easy to make it. Amazing. Absolute.

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#4 posted 12-27-2012 09:35 PM

Awesome job

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-27-2012 09:38 PM

Wow that’s impressive, great job ryan


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#6 posted 12-27-2012 09:56 PM

Ryan, that is great. yes even awesome.

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#7 posted 12-27-2012 10:05 PM

Excellent job and detail. How did you make all those tiny bolts inside the wheel rim?

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#8 posted 12-27-2012 10:38 PM

Very impressive! The detail is amazing.

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#9 posted 12-27-2012 10:54 PM

Wow. That is fantastic. It always amazes me to see these things and yours has such detail. Incredible!!!
One thing I wonder is though, how hard is it to make all those little parts and keep all your fingers? Just kidding LOL!

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#10 posted 12-28-2012 12:45 AM

Wow, that is really great. Wonderful details. It looks quite realistic.

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#11 posted 12-28-2012 01:17 AM

Oh man, your detail work is awesome. Great job on that!

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#12 posted 12-28-2012 01:26 AM

Wow! The attention to detail. That is beautiful. Great Job. That might be on the project list someday. Except I don’t know when someday is. Lol


-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#13 posted 12-28-2012 01:26 AM

Fantastic! What a beautiful and nice gift for your Father.

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#14 posted 12-28-2012 01:31 AM


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#15 posted 12-28-2012 01:51 AM

That is so realistic I expected diesel smoke from the exhaust stack! GREAT work.

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