Introduction: The Wooden Bobcat Toy

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I was going through Instuctables and saw some amazing stuff.  I just wanted to do something that was just as amazing.  Hopefully I have a file you can use.  I used my Epilog laser engraver (Epilog Mini 12x24 45 watt).  This project took 12 hours to design, 60 minutes to cut out, and 30 minutes to glue together. This project is geared towards someone with access to a laser engraver or CNC machine.


1) 2 sheets of 12x24x1/8" of press board
2) 1/4" wood dowel 18"


1) Super Glue
2) Razor Knife
3) Laser Engraver (ideal)
4) Corel Draw x4 (ideal)

also check out the MPG file video

Step 1: Drawing Plans

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Pick or print out the file you prefer to use.

Cut out the pieces by whichever means available to you (laser engraver or CNC is ideal). 


Step 2: Assembly of the Base

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Here is the fun part!  It's like a puzzle.  Remember to glue the edges of the cut pieces.

1.)  Attach base-1 to base-4

2.)  Attach base-2 to the oppitsite side of base-4

3.)  Attach base-3 to the small end between base-1 and base-2

4.)  Attach base-5 to the rear of base-1 and base-2

5.)  Attach base-6 to the bottom of base-1, base-2, base-3, and base5

6.)  Attach base-7 to side of base-5

7.)  Take base-9A and place on top of base-1, base-5, and base-7 to connect all three

8.)  Attach base-8 to other side of base-5

9.)  Take base-9B and place on top of base-2, base-5, and base-8  to connect all three

Step 3: Assembly of Cage

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1.)  Take cage-1 attach to cage-4

2.)  Attach cage-2 to cage-4

3.)  Attach cage-3 to the tops of cage-1, cage-2, and cage-4 connecting all three sides

4.)  Once step 3 is completed attach the cage to the base

Step 4: Assembly of the Woodraulics

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1.)  Take w-1A and attach to w-2A

2.)  Attach w-1B to w-2A

3.)  Attach w-2B to the bottom of w-1A and w-1B thus creating a four sided block

Repeat steps 1 through 3 to complete the other three blocks for a total of four Woodraulics

Note: w-3 will be installed later

Step 5: Assembly of the Bucket

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1.)  Attach bucket-4 to the inside nitch on bucket-2 and bucket-3.  Repeat this step for a total of four times.

2.)  Attach bucket-5 and bucket-6 to the outside of bucket-2 and bucket-3.

3.)  Attach bucket-1 to the bottom of bucket-3, bucket-5, and bucket-6.  This completes the bucket

Note:  the support arms will be addressed later  

Step 6: Assembly of the Tires

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The tires are fairly easy.  I used  the 1/4" dowel to line up and attach the four parts to create the tire. Be sure to overlap/alternate each part so that the end result looks like tread (see photo).

1.)  Place the dowel through the center of tire-4. 

2.)  Place the dowel through the center of tire-3 and place tire-3 over tire-4.  Alternate the groves to begin creating the tread.  Glue tire-3 to tire-4.

3.)  Place the dowel through the center of tire-2 and over tire-3.  Glue them together, again alternating the groves to continue with the tread process.

4.)  Finally, place the dowel through the center of tire-1, place over tire-2, and glue them together.

Repeat steps to create four tires.

Step 7: Installation of the Tires

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1.)  To create the axels, cut 1/4" wooden dowel into two 1/4" x 3.5" pieces.

2.)  Take one completed tire and glue to one end of an axle.

3.)  Slide the axel through the bottom of the base.

4.)  Take a second tire, place on other end of axel and glue.

Repeat steps to complete the second axle

Step 8: Assembly of the Bucket to the Base

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now we attach the support arm to both sides of the base using the 3/8 dowls

 install the woodraulics to the bottom part of the the support arm for both sides

on top install final two woodraulics 

now install the push rod(w-3) in woodraulics an connect them to the support an the others to the bucket(see photo)

look at the video to see it work mpg file


christyoates (author)2012-04-02

Very nice!

vlooiw (author)2011-12-29

This was just great to do!!!! Thank you very much.(Woodraulic loader) If you have similar projects available, i would just love to buy this from you. I am new to laser cutting, and surely have a lot to learn still!

Waleed Waheed (author)2011-09-16

This is very good work, All dear , would you please if you have more CDR or DXF file for 3D puzzles Animals, Vehicles and Aircraft please send them on

hack818 (author)Waleed Waheed2011-12-01

Sorry ive been so buzy design an working on other jobs
I not have had time to do 3d puzzles
Everyone want stickers printed an one off laser cut designs
Soon as I have one I will send it

Re-design (author)2011-01-01

First class job on project and the instructable.

hack818 (author)Re-design2011-01-02

Thanks it was a fun build.

inventor100 (author)hack8182011-01-27

That car looks awsome!!!

techdeck12 (author)2011-01-25

i also think its outstandingly brilliant thanx

hack818 (author)techdeck122011-01-27

thanks im in the works of building more , made a few other prototypes

techdeck12 (author)2011-01-25

i forgot my other account soooooooo

jpdoege (author)2011-01-06

Any chance for AutoCAD2000 DXF? Looks like fun to build

hack818 (author)jpdoege2011-01-07

I do have a DXF file is it deffrent then a auto CAD2000 DXF?
also i have a eps file if that helps, for sum reason your having problems. let me know ill help the best i can

jpdoege (author)hack8182011-01-07

What version if AutoCAD are the DWG and or DXF created in. I have 2005 and can not open the above files that are posted.
Thanks for the help.

kcls (author)2011-01-06

You have a laser cutter? Lucky! Great job, it really does look like it's from a kit I would buy from a store... probably fits together better too!

hack818 (author)kcls2011-01-06

Thanks the project took a few days to do, And the laser took me yrs to save up for.( and still paying for it)

thepelton (author)2011-01-03

Neat! Got a copy. I was thinking however that I might make a variation on this that I could show at the local SF&RPG convention. Cosine.

hack818 (author)thepelton2011-01-03

hows it going , i do have a copy in the instuctions in corel draw also in a EPS file if you over looked them there on the frist page if that helps .if you do have problems let me know try to help best i can . Do you mind tell me what the SF&RPG convention


thepelton (author)hack8182011-01-04
January 21-23
details at the link in the first line

thepelton (author)hack8182011-01-04

Cosine 2011 in Colorado Springs.

Robotics_Geek (author)2011-01-02

You may have covered this in the text but I was wondering where I could have some wood like this cut to make some FIFO Food shelves and how much it would cost. A FIFO storage (See Attched Pic) is a container for storing can goods where the oldest cans are used first and the newest cans are placed on top and roll to the back and are used later. I want to build about 15 to 20 of these.

hack818 (author)Robotics_Geek2011-01-02

Hello PDKarber
the wood i use in this project was 1/8" pressboard. i would think that would be to thin
to use for can food. I would use 1/4" or thicker board or even plexi glass. yes i did cut all my own parts . the local hardware store 1/4" pressboard was $16 or so for a 4' x 8' sheet . is this sum thing your looking at doing? if not im sure there sum one in the local area to help you with the project.

Looks like a table saw ,brad nailer , glue can do this project
good luck let me know if you need any help with design.


thepelton (author)hack8182011-01-03

I had been using 1/8 inch (3mm) Baltic Birch Plywood for similar projects. It's available from, or from a local lumberyard. I can get it here in Colorado Springs in a five by five (152cm square) sheet.

Tape-structable (author)2010-12-31

Beautiful. Looks like a build kit or something. Theres just something about a laser cut project thats so interesting for me.

hack818 (author)Tape-structable2011-01-02

Thanks. I have been looking to build more, just time goes so quick when your designing

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