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My Dad turned 75 this past week and as a surprise present for him, I took some old elm boards that he had stowed away in his barn, some walnut, soft maple, some birch dowels, and a little piece of his old barn to make him a model of a tractor.  He farmed for nearly 35 years of his life so I could not think of a better present for him! (I just had to make two...one for me too!)2016-04-17 0458.JPG 2016-04-17 0460.JPG 2016-04-17 0462.JPG 2016-04-17 0463.JPG          
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Well done indeed, great look. Those rear tires are stunning, would those be cut slots in the tire and a piece of wood put into the slot for the tread?
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These are magnificent pieces of craftsmanship and as fine as an example of a wood toy tractor that I have ever seen.
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These are two great tractors with nice details, did you work from plans. it always fascinates me how some people can look at a picture or a document and make a model from it, I wouldn't know ware to start.

I bet your dad will love it especially when he finds out ware the wood came from.

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Bucko:  You are correct.  The tires were made in halves and each slot was cut with an 1/8" dado blade.  A piece of wood was then glued into each slot.  I also love how the grain "popped" on the rear tires when sprayed with varnish.

John:  Thank you for the compliment.

Gazz:  I did work from plans (Toys and Joys).  My Dad did love it.  He could not believe how real it looked along with all the little pieces.  He also was fascinated with the rear tires.
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Great job on the tractor.
What a perfect gift for your dad.
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Udie:  Thanks!
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Great job and a special one at that.
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Very nice.
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These are wonderful. The detail and the fit and finish look great.
I'm guessing these took a lot of time to complete with all the cut's and fitting.

Thanks for sharing these here. These kinds of things always inspire me as well as others.


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Thank you for the kind comments!
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Excellent tractors luv um. [thumb][thumb]
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Your tractors came out beautifully! I love your rear wheels and as you said, the wood colour and grain "popped out"  great with the varnish.

I notice that you also battled with the treads on the rear wheels. I had the same problem with mine. The grooves in the 2 halves of the wheels are supposed to be staggered when put together to form the wheel, but they seem to creep up to each other and eventually meet. Till this day I have been unable to figure the problem out. I made 4 sets of tyres and all of them had the same problem!

None the less your tractors look  spectacular!! Nicely done!

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Thanks again!

I did have the "creep" issue on the treads.  I know that it deals with the each half of the wheel moving just a tad during sawing or not getting the cut perfectly spaced each time which results in the "creep" over the circumference of the wheel.
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