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The Front Loader is another Wood magazine project. I took the Excavator up to my grandson and while we were visiting there. He told us he needed a roller. I was planning on building the front end loader and it hit me that the rear half of the front loader could be attached to a compactor roller. I got on Sketchup and drew up the front half and attached it to the rear half with a little adjustment with dimensions the proportions seemed to be about right. I built the compactor. Actually I built two rear halves of the loader then attached a roller to one and then built the front half of the loader. These are all built from cutoffs and scrap pieces from other projects and some pallet lumber (Walnut and Maple). When I finished the loader I thought the bucket was a little small. I built another bucket a 1/2" larger all the way around and I think it looks better. I/ve really been impressed by these toys from Wood. The loader backhoe and excavator have held up really well in the hands of a three year old and his friends.
These are finished with lacquer and the roller is turned from maple.

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Great looking Toys! I am sure someone will be very happy playing with them.
 

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Cool! Very nicely built, not over designed with too much detail-just right for a child's toy. I'm sure your grandson will enjoy them and always remember what his grandfather built for him. Great job.
 

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These are wonderful! Can I play too???
 

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Hours of fun imagining the loud roar of big diesel engines digging up real dirt.
 

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Very nice the kids will be pleased no doubt.

Now about those wooden gears I see in the background, care to enlighten?
I am thinking of building a wooden "vault" style door with a central lock and four sliding bolts driven by gears and a linear rail.

 

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I am building a wooden geared clock also. I need to get going on it again. Sanding the gear teeth can get really boring. It doesn't take much to get me on another project.
 

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Awesome!!
 

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The Wood Construction Series plans are great wooden toys for little blokes to play with…
simple and strong though not as easy to make as the look….first class job sir…
 
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