Introduction: How to Make a Wooden Pig Toy by Lindsay
Assemble your materials
1. SAFETY GLASSES
2. Band saw, for cutting out template and toy
3. Drill press for drilling axle holes
4. Drill bits, you will size it in a future step
5. 1” belt sander for sanding the toy
6. Router table with ¼” round over bit
1. Axles and wheels
2. Wood glue
4. 2”x 6” stock to cut out your animal
1/8” ply or MDF for cutting template
Step 1: Step 2: Find a Photo
On the internet, find a photo of an animal that you would like to make a toy of.
- Find an animal that is easily recognized from the side view
- Pick an image of your animal that is from the side.
Step 2: Step 3: Print Your Image
- Print picture and outline around the drawing
- Print the photo to the size you want your toy to be
- Add two holes for the axles and wheels
Step 3: Step 4: Make a Template
- Place your photo onto the plywood and trace out your animal
- Cut the plywood into the shape of the animal
- Use the belt sander to remove any sharp edges
Step 4: Step 5: Cutting Out Your Toy and Drilling Axle Holes
- Use the temple you cut to trace the pig shape into the 2x6 scrap or stock wood.
- Make sure to cut as close to the template as possible and make edges rounded.
- Draw out two circles on the bottom of your toy for axle holes
- Use drill press to make these holes
Step 5: Step 6: Router and Sand the Edges
Round over the edges so that the toy will be smooth and safe for children to handle
Use the router table 1/4" round over bit to router the edges
sand all tool marks out
Remove all marks
Step 6: Step 7: Paint Your Pig
- It is recommended not to paint your entire toy
- I mixed hot pink and light pink to achieve this color
Step 7: Step 8: Gluing the Axles and Wheels
- Use wood glue to glue on your pieces
- Make sure your axles fit before gluing
- Place the glue insides the holes
- Put the axles through the wheels
- Stick axle and wheel into the hole
- Leave enough space between the toy and the wheel so it can still roll
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