The skid loader was one that I needed to make tough. For some reason the first one that I made kept breaking even when I tried to reinforce the weak portions. It was always the arms that broke so I tried to make sure I had the grain in the strongest orientation. I probably over doweled the parts also.
My favorite part about the skid loader is that it is well built. I am not boasting in myself, I am truly happy how well this came together. I also like how the shovel is made with the large cutouts to maximize the carrying capacity. It is also simple enough to be completed in a weekend.