Instructions for a Wooden Dinosaur Model of T-Rex

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Instructions for a Wooden Dinosaur Model of T-Rex
Use craft paint to accent the details of your wooden T-rex model like its eyes and teeth. (dinosaure image by pucci raf from

Create a wooden tyrannosaurus rex model with some basic woodcarving tools and soft wooden blocks of balsa or basswood. When constructing your dinosaur model use accurate visual references from things like textbooks or science magazines. Create the extruding parts of the dinosaur model separately, such as the tail, legs, arms and head and assemble with glue. Use sandpaper to give the piece a smooth finish. Add colour and fine details with craft paint and artist brushes.

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Things you need

  • Balsa or basswood blocks
  • Wood-carving tools like gouges and carving knives
  • Wood glue
  • Adhesive tape
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Artist brushes
  • Craft paints
  • Visual references like textbooks or scientific periodicals
  • Protective eyewear

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    Carve the torso, tail, arms, legs and head from separate blocks of your balsa or basswood. Use carving tools like chisels, gouges and carving knives to form your wood blocks into the representative parts. Use your sandpaper to then smooth out the individual pieces. Create small details with your tools as well, like skin texture and facial features. Make sure to smooth out and flatten the base end of each body part, as well as the area on the torso where they will attach. Follow visual references from reputable science books or magazines to guide you in your creation.

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    Glue the individual body parts to your torso with wood glue, remembering to place the flattened base end of each limb to the corresponding flattened area on the torso. Secure the piece to the torso with a few small strips of adhesive tape. This process may take some time as you will need to glue on one or two pieces at a time and allow each to dry before adding the next couple of pieces. Make sure to attach the legs and tail so they support the piece and allow it to stand. Once all of the dinosaur's body parts have been attached and dried, you will carefully remove the tape.

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    Fill in any gaps or holes with your wood filler. After this has dried, lightly sand the rough areas of your tyrannosaurus rex figurine with sandpaper. Smooth out and blend the areas where you added wood filler, as well as any other unwanted dents or bumps. Take care not to damage any of the limbs, like the arms, which may be fragile due to their small size.

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    Paint your tyrannosaurus rex model to finish the look of the piece. Use your artist brushes and craft paint to add colour and character to the plain wood surface. Follow visual references in order to use appropriate colours and tones for your dinosaur, as well as enhance any distinguishing details like teeth, eyes and textured-looking skin.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear protective eyewear or when carving and sanding wood.

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