Making Dinosaur Toys in Wood

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Making Dinosaur Toys in Wood
Use a jigsaw to make a dinosaur toy in wood. (fretsaw image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com)

Although store-bought toys are now more common, a handmade wooden toy can be just as much fun, and will probably last a lot longer. With a few simple tools, you can make your own simple wooden dinosaur toys that will tolerate years of use. A handmade wooden toy also makes a much more personal gift than a plastic store-bought model. With a little creativity and the right preparation, you can make a wooden dinosaur toy in an afternoon.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Clamps
  • Jigsaw
  • 1-inch pine board
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Safety glasses
  • Paint (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sketch a few practice dinosaur shapes on paper to generate ideas. Avoid overly detailed outlines and sharp curves; maintain a gentle, sloping line for the outline of the shape.

  2. 2

    Sketch your best design onto the face of a 1-inch thick pine board. Choose a simple shape for the first toy; you can experiment with more complicated outlines after you are familiar with the jigsaw.

  3. 3

    Clamp the board to the edge of a work table or saw horse, so that the shape to be cut is suspended in air.

  4. 4

    Start the jigsaw, and hold the saw with two hands against the edge of the wood. When the blade is moving at full speed, guide the blade into the wood, keeping the saw shoe flat against the top of the wood.

  5. 5

    Slowly trace the outline of your shape. If the blade begins to bind, guide the blade out through the waste wood, and begin your cut again at a shallower angle.

  6. 6

    Thoroughly sand all edges and both faces of the completed shape. Sand the corners until they are rounded. If the toy is intended for a young child, do not paint the toy; the child may put the toy in her mouth.

Tips and warnings

  • Always exercise caution when using power tools.

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