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Magpirate
« on: May 22, 2014 07:27:14 PM »



I made these wooden animals for gamemom42 in the Random Swap.  She requested wooden toys, and mentioned that she loves animals and has a donkey and a cow.  I figured barnyard animals would be a good theme so I made a donkey, a calf, and a chicken.





To make the patterns I found silhouettes I liked using Google Image Search, then modified them as necessary so they would be as sturdy as possible.  The calf, for example, I made by tracing the body of one silhouette (which had the legs mostly together) and the head of another (which had ears that didn't look likely to break off).



I made the animals from some scrap pine wood and I cut them out using a bandsaw and a scroll saw.  Then I sanded off the sharp edges, painted them with acrylics, and finished them with food-safe mineral oil so that small children can safely chew on them.



I was originally planning to just sand and finish them without painting, but I'm glad I changed my mind.  I really like how they turned out.  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014 01:19:57 AM »

They are so sweet and utterly adaptable. Brilliant toys.
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014 03:11:58 AM »

I love these! Can I have some too?
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014 03:21:04 AM »

These are lovely.  I love those old-fashioned simple wooden animals.  They seem to survive childhood better than many more modern equivalents.  I have kept all the ones my children had because I liked them so much.
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2014 07:05:12 AM »

Good ideas to combine patterns to make them nice and sturdy - they look fantastic.  I can just imagine them in the farm play set I had almost permanently set up in my grandparents living room when I was 5.
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2014 08:39:00 AM »

They are adorable!  I LOVE them!  You did a good job!
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2014 07:50:07 AM »

I love these! They look amazing. My dad has all kinds of woodworking tools and saws in their basement and I've tossed the idea around of making some wooden toys for my class and kids, and now I'm even more inspired since you shared your tip of mixing templates to get sturdy designs. Brilliant! Thank you for sharing.
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2014 10:44:29 AM »

Thanks for the comments, everyone!

I love these! They look amazing. My dad has all kinds of woodworking tools and saws in their basement and I've tossed the idea around of making some wooden toys for my class and kids, and now I'm even more inspired since you shared your tip of mixing templates to get sturdy designs.

Thank you!  Another way to make your toys less likely to break is to position your templates so that the grain of the wood runs along the thinnest pieces (legs, tails, etc.) rather than across them.  These were fun to make, you should definitely try some of your own!
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2014 02:48:57 PM »

Wow! These are really lovely! I think the painting adds a lot, too. As nice as they would have been as blank silhouettes, you did a wonderful job adding the painted details.
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