Give a child of any age a Yellow Digger and it won’t be long before their imagination goes into overdrive thinking up all sorts’ activities they can do, I guess we can all reminisce having one as a toy however many years ago, that said these ones are definitely not toys!
Sanding and Shaping
Couldn’t be easier, giving the individual pieces even a slight 3D form really does bring the whole piece to life.
Always start with the lowest piece and rise up with varying heights from that starting point, trying to visualise how it would look as you go.
If you haven’t a Disc Sander the pieces of the digger are fairly small so they could carefully be sliced through with the scrollsaw.
Place the pieces into groups of colour. We like to mix a 50/50 ratio of acrylic paint with a medium that thins the paint without lessening the colour, the excess can then be easily wiped off, allowing the grain of the wood to show through.
When dry, lightly nib down with a fine grade sandpaper, apply a coat of varnish to all the pieces and again allow to dry, nib down once more. Apply a wax polish
21. Working on a flat surface lay all the pieces out in order, temporarily placing short lengths of dowel into the support holes within the wheels, lets you see at a glance that they are in the correct downward position.
Start by applying glue to the body and aligning it in the correct position on the backing, and then glue on each adjoining piece in turn, allow to dry.