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Wooden Farm Toys for Haymaking

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 I made these for my son when he was a boy.  They are made from 3/4 inch birch.  They would make a good Christmas gift for a young male in your family.
 
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Step 1: The tractor

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 The degree of detail is not for an exact replica, but suitable to stir the imagination of a young boy.  Rather than give measurements I included a scale in inches in most of the photos.  Begin by drawing the profile of the tractor body.  The wheels were turned on my lathe.  Axles are from 3/16 inch steel rod with end cap retainers from the hardware store.  The exhaust stack is a piece of 1/4 inch welding rod for an oxy-acetylene torch.  The steering wheel assembly is from a 3/8 inch carriage bolt with the square portion under the head ground away to make the column round.  There will be more on the seat and the gear shift later.

Step 2: Rear of the tractor

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 In addition to the piece for the tractor frame, the other key piece (in addition to the wheels) is the axle member.  I cut a notch in the underside of the tractor frame and in the upper side of the axle member to make a tight fitting lap joint.  The red lines define the notch cut into the axle member.  I drilled a 3/16 inch hole across the axle member that also goes through part of the tractor frame.  When the 3/16 inch axle rod is inserted (yellow line), the tractor's main pieces are locked together.

Step 3: Front of the tractor

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 The front wheel assembly is in the fashion of a row crop tractor with each wheel canted inward slightly at the bottom.  The wheel assembly is from a steel rod 5/16 inch in diameter with a 3/16 inch rod welded across its end to make an inverted "T".  I bent the 3/16 inch rod ends downward a little to achieve the canted effect.  
lemonie4 years ago
They're nice, did you model the tractor on a specific machine?

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Phil B (author)  lemonie4 years ago
 I have always been partial to International Harvester (Farmall) tractors.  I did not specifically copy any particular model, but it probably resembles an International 560 series a little.  Thank you for your comment and for taking a look.
lemonie Phil B4 years ago
I commented because it does look the part, the wheel arrangement isn't one that you typically get in toys and you bothered to get the angles nice on 'em too.

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Phil B (author)  lemonie4 years ago
I have seen pictures of some tractors from the UK and do not exactly remember the arrangement on their front wheels.  I believe many of them are set apart in a wide wheel configuration.  Almost all of the tractors I knew from my years in the USA's Midwest used the row crop arrangement I used.  Now I live in the Western US (Idaho) and many of the tractors have a single front wheel mounted in an inverted "U".
rimar20004 years ago
Very nice toys. Congratulations.
Phil B (author)  rimar20004 years ago
 Thank you, Osvaldo.
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