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Rod T

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Hi Everyone

Made a Hefti Hi Loader over the last couple of weekends. 
I struggled a bit with the bucket and moving arms, having never made a toy with moving pieces like this before now.
Wasn't too hard, I used little rubber o-rings between the arms and the bucket and also between the arms and the body to give the moving parts some resistance. The plans call for rubber washers, but I only had o-rings, worked pretty well.
Also first time that I have used dowel as the axle and gluing the wheels to the dowel. I usually use axle pegs and glue the pegs in. This also proved pretty easy to do.

When I attached the dowels for the moving arms, rather than fiddling about with trying to avoid glue in the wrong places, I drilled little holes through the body and dowel and then glued in some BBQ Skewer (about 3mm dia). Then cut flush to the body. Close up of this in the photos below. 

Light timber is Poplar and the dark timber is Walnut. Finished with orange oil.

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Rod T


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Rod,
Very nicely done. You got a first rate toy.

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Wow!!!  Very nice!
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Awesome job on the loader!  Love to see the wood grain.  Good idea of "pinning" the dowels.  Having built several of these it makes messing with the gluing easier on the bucket!  
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Very nice!
I am in an early stage of making it so every tip is welcome.

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Rod T

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Thanks everyone

Miriam, make the little block that holds the arms to the bucket last. This way you can measure the exact width by placing the arms in location at the top and then measure this gap. If you make it so that it is snug at the top, then it should be tight enough with some o-rings or thin rubber washers.
Hope that makes sense.

I learnt this the hard way.

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Rod T
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Very nice.  Another great build!!!
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This is the essence of a great wood toy build-beautiful materials, absolute attention to detail and perfect workmanship. I bow to you. 
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Nicely done, great fit- up for sure and I like how the axle dowel extends slightly past the tire rim.
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Very nice. Great workmanship.
Great build.


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Another great build!
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Great build and wood selection. Thanks for the tips.

Tony

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