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Excavator #2: Tracks themself

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Blog entry by Dutchy posted 05-25-2018 05:59 PM 1019 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Making tracks preperations Part 2 of Excavator series Part 3: Track shackles »

Below the process of making the tracks themself. The used wood is pacific teak (Intsia bijuga).

This tracks are made out of wooden strips. I’m sure there are orther ways for making tracks and I don’t say that mine is the best! So feel free to comment this blog and/or make a suggestion for improvements.

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Orvile Baker

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#1 posted 05-25-2018 09:22 PM

Thank you , thank you. Dutchy. I will be trying very soon.

-- Bud Baker , Ojibwa, WI. http://papabudswoodtoys.webs.com/

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#2 posted 05-25-2018 11:31 PM

uummmm….. no jig for sanding bevels :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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htl

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#3 posted 05-26-2018 12:48 AM

Very interesting we’ve now seen 3 completely different ways to get the treads made.
I wonder how Gr8hunter will do his, and as I’ve been known to say there’s a hundred ways to get it done it all depends on the builder and the tools at hand.

-- Learn More About Making Wooden Models. An Index Of My Model making Blogs. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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#4 posted 05-26-2018 01:59 AM



Very interesting we ve now seen 3 completely different ways to get the treads made.
I wonder how Gr8hunter will do his, and as I ve been known to say there s a hundred ways to get it done it all depends on the builder and the tools at hand.

- htl


I think I am going to run mine on table saw …. but I will run 3 foot or so long then cut shorter …. this is my first plan A anyways …. we will see :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 05-26-2018 05:25 AM

Not having done the build, so I may be talking with forked tongue, however, rather than

any thoughts on making a similar jig to this,

with 45° triangles on each end to hold a number of tracks for bevel edge sanding.
As mentioned, I am only brainstorming and I could see an issue with the application of too much pressure on the triangles could pop/slide the tracks ou. However, with a little more thought and the right pressure (you would need to choose the type of clamp carefully), bulk sanding may shorten the production cycle time.

Just to get other readers thinking juices flowing….

That would not be a good choice of clamps… it was the only one I had in SketchUp… carpet tape would probably serve better or at least supplement soft clamping.

I’m assuming that’s a flap sander to remove the splinters… or you have a bad case of mosquitos. What grade is it?

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

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#6 posted 05-26-2018 07:53 AM


Thank you , thank you. Dutchy. I will be trying very soon.

- Orvile Baker

“if you real like doing something you will always find a way no matter what.”

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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#7 posted 05-26-2018 07:59 AM


uummmm….. no jig for sanding bevels :<))

- GR8HUNTER


Not having done the build, so I may be talking with forked tongue, however, rather than
any thoughts on making a similar jig to this,with 45° triangles on each end to hold a number of tracks for bevel edge sanding.
As mentioned, I am only brainstorming and I could see an issue with the application of too much pressure on the triangles could pop/slide the tracks ou. However, with a little more thought and the right pressure (you would need to choose the type of clamp carefully), bulk sanding may shorten the production cycle time.

- LittleBlackDuck

In the time you have made a jig or even stick the tracks to the carpet tape I’m ready with sanding. For a bevel of 2×2 I need to move the track about 10 cm. on my sanding disk, for a 1×1 bevel 4 cm is enough.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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Dutchy

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#8 posted 05-26-2018 08:06 AM

I m assuming that s a flap sander to remove the splinters… or you have a bad case of mosquitos. What grade is it?

- LittleBlackDuck

It is a steel brush, maybe a brush with a synthetic material would be better, but I didn’t have one and after a try with the steel brush there where no mosquito isssues. However it depends of the wood of course.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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#9 posted 05-26-2018 09:56 AM



..... For a bevel of 2×2 I need to move the track about 10 cm. on my sanding disk, for a 1×1 bevel 4 cm is enough…..

Sorry Dutchy, but your sanding skills leave mine in the dirt… my sanding skills suck a tad more than my bandsawing skills.
Furthermore your maths have me a big “slightly confused”... is that 2×2 quote for, big or small values of 2?
It was just a thought thrown up in the air to see where it might land…

It is a steel brush,....
- Dutchy

As someone once said there are 100 ways… I would never have thought of a steel brush… or even a synthetic hybrid… I’m far from a master of sanding but my “expertise” is limited to sand paper.

Handy bit of info nevertheless.

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

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#10 posted 05-27-2018 07:07 PM

ok here we go :
FIRST I CUT TO SIZE
THEN RUN THRU ONE WAY TURNED AND RUN AGAIN THIS GAVE ME 2 CENTER SLOTS

THEN I PUT ON SACRIFICIAL FENCE TO RUN OUT SIDES

THEN DONE

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#11 posted 05-27-2018 07:24 PM

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#12 posted 05-27-2018 11:22 PM

GR8,

HOWEVER, here I go again digressing from Dutchy’s topic (only ‘cause I couldn’t find your blog),

the gallery (me) votes,

If I ‘member correctly, you raised a blog about a ZCI for your table saw. Looks like you have managed to make one but never finished/updated/notified the blog… or do I eat humble pie again as this is a new tablesaw or I missed the update?

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

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GR8HUNTER

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#13 posted 05-28-2018 02:35 AM

NO DUCKY ….look close I still have a 1/4” gap in there ….. look where the track piece is shoved down the hole

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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htl

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#14 posted 05-28-2018 02:47 AM

That’s the way I made mine.
Then run the bottom edges on the table at a 45 degree and all is good.

-- Learn More About Making Wooden Models. An Index Of My Model making Blogs. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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#15 posted 05-29-2018 10:40 AM

I just had this really good brainwave.
Have you ever given any thought to using a Box finger joint router bit?

-- Regards Rob

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