CAT motor grader

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Project by ccanderson102 posted 04-18-2013 01:38 AM 2612 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Q: What do you give a kid who has too many toys?
A: Another toy but this time hand made

No long ago my son asked me for a grader and scraper to add to his collection of construction toys. My son and I love Bruder toys, they use no fasteners and have exceptional detail but unfortunately, they are not wood. I would have gladly purchased one for him but I had been thinking about building a grader for a while and selfishly wanted to give it a shot. This is the product of a few hours of sketchup and full scale drawings and 10 hours of quality time with my son. I got the first go at grading Lima beans. It works great

I am keeping with my theme of naturally applied hand oil finish over many session and no use of screws or nails. This time I had to use a single 1/4” bolt to attach the blade.

Next up is a few more dump trucks new fathers at work them on to a 1:16 scale quadtrac 535. I’m open to suggestions for the tracks

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#1 posted 04-18-2013 02:29 AM

Great looking project for you and your son. I’m sure he’ll enjoy playing with it more. Remember building many for my son. Looks like the scale is right on.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 04-18-2013 02:51 AM

Very nice.
I made a grader, mamy years ago. I LIKE That your blade not only turns, but raises and lowers also!

I also like that you make your own wheels.

“10-4-Big Daddy”! – old Citizen Band radio slang!

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

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#3 posted 04-18-2013 08:22 AM

Love it, I have thought about making this for some time, Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 04-18-2013 09:51 AM

Great project. The benefit is of course 10 hours of quality time with your son.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 04-18-2013 04:17 PM

I really like wooden toys, and your looks real nice. I hope you give your son a chance to grade some of those Lima beans. I’m sure you’ll both enjoy this grader and the dump truck fleet to come.!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 04-19-2013 09:26 PM

Cool toy! Like the design, simple details but looks sturdy. Surely be a great family heirloom. Kids will have loads of fun.

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#7 posted 04-21-2013 01:46 AM

Great build. many hours of play here. Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 05-01-2013 10:26 PM

Very nice wooden toy grader, it will surpass all his other toys [built to last].
He;ll enjoy it for years and maybe pass it on to his children one day.
Just a thought, maybe the new gift could be a small tool tote box which over time you & he could fill with HIS woodworking tools….. thus getting him using his hands and imagination while learning the tools.

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

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