"Wheeley" moving his load.

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Boys and Girls,

I have decided to slowly migrate more of my LJ stuff here, if only to appease the bored members and get them away from talking just weather/temperature on pottzy’s patio that is meaningless to the rest of this planet..

This project was posted early in my tenure at LJ on 12th. September, 2016.  Contrary to my druthers it’s was tad too verbose and lacked happy snaps, however, it does have the backing of a 112 photo link in my dropbox about the build.

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Boys and Girls,
 
This post revolves around my indifference regarding the T & J Wheel Loader (#67) model.
 
I won't open with the obvious, saying this was a fun build.  On the contrary I had difficulty getting my teeth stuck into it.
 
I's not that it is a bad model or difficult to build but just after I started the build and completed the fun part, which was the making of the wheels, I zigged when I should have zagged and got a dicky ankle out of it as the 1st. prize.
 
While trying to amuse myself during my recuperation and annoying the bejesus out of some unfortunate LJ bunnies with my inane post replies, I received the plans for the Cat loader (#118) from a forgotten past T & J order placed after a serious night of excessive vino indulgence.
 
Looking at the Cat, it was very similar to the #67 but more interesting and I was onset by a overwhelming desire to scrap my current project and start the new one.
 
Being a preacher to my kids about finishing one task before starting another, I could not face their accusation of hypocrisy if I surrendered to my desires so I plundered on with the now arduous task of finishing the loader (#67).
 
Consequently it was a non-eventful build, and further exacerbated by the laborious task of building/carving the bucket.  Because of it size and shape there was no easy way of doing it other than cut close to shape, glue, rasp and sand, rasp and sand and sand and sand and sand etc… till I eventually address every grain of sand in the Sahara desert (and their relatives and distant cousins).
 
Because of my reluctance to enthuse in the build, I took every opportunity to digress and consequently took a lot of photos which I'm not going to bore you with, however, I have amassed them into a PDF that can be accessed by all you masochists from this link in my DropBox.
 
Now that it is finished, I will admit I am quite proud of how I converted a pile of rough timber planks into a presentable dust collector in my house, that the missus now has more ammunition to nag me about.  I have to admit that I did walk away with a sense of achievement.
 
I'm not saying that others would not enjoy this build or that I will enjoy the Cat build better, however, I am saying that my tale is spun on the back end of "a disappointing dilemma".  The regrettable part its that now I've finished it, I'm not as enthusiastic in starting the Cat immediately after, especially when I have a choice of roughly around 20 other model builds to muse over.
 
The moral of the story is… Buy your next plan after you finish your current build.
 
PS. If the wheels on both models were the same I would have told the kids that this is a lesson where you should NOT listen to your old man… after all ONLY mum is perfect!
 

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

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Thats a good looking model LBD
Lot's of details in these models. Yours looks great!
hey we talk about more than weather, today it's car batteries ! anyway, nice model work ! 😁

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thanks guys...

pottzy
, nearly as useless topic as weather in Yankeeland to the sane world.

It's only looneys (and the misguided) that are investing into EVs today that won't be able to charge the batteries tomorrow.

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

Really nice!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Sorry I bored u with weather.....nice loader

Mike

My bad for reading.

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

Being a preacher to my kids about finishing one task before starting another

LOL, this statement made me realize I have a hutch project I never brought over (so the project of bringing projects over never got completed) that hutch took me 20 or 25 years to finish. It actually got moved from one shop to another in partial form. I could certainly use some help in this area. My wife does her best, and it helps, but she doesn’t get very far.

As for the wheeley, I applaud your patience and your craftsmanship. It is certainly a project I would need to complete with large breaks to rebuild my enthusiast.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - https://timetestedtools.net and https://diy.timetestedtools.net

I didn’t know you made such great models. So much detail there!
I agree with you on EV’s

Don I'd like to see your hutch. Even if it isn’t finished. 25 year old wood must look nice. 
 Don I'd like to see your hutch. Even if it isn’t finished. 25 year old wood must look nice. 

I finished it a few years ago. It was probably posted on LJs. This is the only picture I can find right now. 

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - https://timetestedtools.net and https://diy.timetestedtools.net

First thought: I have made this one. But after a better look I made the never one.

In the past (I remembered that) I have followed how you made the nuts. Too much work for me.

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Really sharp looking, the attention to detail really makes this stand out. Excellent job.