Step 5: Cut Out the Pieces

Next you need to cut out the pieces from the single sheet of plywood if you have glued all of the template pieces down on one sheet.

With the 16-inch tall dino I started by cutting the single piece into smaller manageable pieces with 4 or 5 dino pieces on each piece of wood.  That makes it much easier and safer to cut out the smaller pieces.

With the 48-inch tall dino I started by cutting all of the individual pieces out of the one single piece of plywood.

Once you are done cutting out the pieces you will need to peel the remaining template paper off of the wood.  You will need to give the pieces a light sanding on the faces of the piece and a little on the edges to remove the sharp corners.

<p>Perfect !!!! Greats to Munich Maker lab :)</p>
<p>Fantastic design.</p><p>Took the drawing and made it a &quot;little&quot; larger then had them printed out. I cut the individual templates out then taped them to (1) 4' x 8' x 3/4&quot; of plywood. I then lightly spray black paint over them leaving a ghost image behind to cut to.</p><p>After several coats of epoxy and test fitting/filling/sanding it was done. </p><p>I then took the project up to my sister's for my niece's birthday party. We made three planters with about (3) yards of gardening soil and buried the parts for the kids to dig back up and assemble their own dinosaur!</p><p>Everyone had a good time.</p><p>Thanks, Steve.</p>
<p>I just saw all of your pictures. Thanks!</p><p>That looks great! I think that is the biggest one I have seen someone build.</p>
<p>Can you send me the acad drawings version 2002. Thanks, rogerwit7@gmail.com</p>
Sorry. Not distributing these right now.
<p>Can you send me the acad drawings version 2002. Thanks, rogerwit7@gmail.com</p>
<p>Hi, Can you share this project to my email, thanks!</p><p>s07181@yahoo.com.tw</p><p>Robin</p>
<p>By laser</p><p>4mm is of wood</p><p>Thank you for data</p>
<p>Hi, Can you share this project to my email, thanks!</p><p>s07181@yahoo.com.tw</p><p>Robin</p>
<p>I scaled down the file and cut it out onto cardboard using a Laser cutter. Worked perfectly. Thanks!</p>
<p>So glad to hear of your success. Thanks for posting a picture too.</p>
Wow great job. When I get home I will download this and cut it for a friend who has a young fellow into dinosaurs. Thanks.
<p>Dear Sir, Can you please give me the templates to my email id : sarah.subashini@gmail.com . i need in pdf form . it is so interesting that i want to do for my son....</p><p>sarah</p>
<p>At the bottom of the Instructable there are two PDF files that you can download - one for a 16 inch tall version and one for a 48 inch tall version. Good luck with the build!</p>
<p>I was just wondering if anyone would be willing to sell the larger one since I am absolutely not handy in any way</p>
It a very nice model and many thanks for your sharing a T-Rex model. I am looking for &quot;Make Your Own Model Dinosaurs&quot; book to make them for my 10 year daughter to join her school dinosaur exhibition next month, but I can not effort now. <br> <br>I tryed to buy it from Amazon.com. but unfortunately he did not has that service for my country at Thailand. <br>Can anyone suggest me where can I find an ebook version of this book?.
Just a suggestion, why not make the theropod posture more accurate to what we now know is more accurate to bipedal carnivorous dinosaurs; with a horizontal tail and the neck starting downwards then curving up a little. These types of dinosaurs did not drag their tails like some herbivorous types may have. <br> <br>That said, nice idea and good instructable :)
Good Work...
I work at a public library in Idaho, and we are going to attempt to make this out of 1/2 in polystyrene insulation and cut it out with those un-sharp pumpkin carving knives. Like pgeelen, I'll do it as a group project and have the children cut out the smaller pieces, and then we'll put it together. Wish me luck!
Yesterday we made ​​the dinosaur. The kids had great fun making and puzzling. MDF 4 mm was ideal for jigsaws but the dinosaurs can not stand by itself. We go glue it and paint it! Steve, thanks for the drawing!!.
Thanks for posting the picture. The dino looks great and it looks like the kids had fun with it.
This is very very very nice! I'm cub leader en i think i'm gonna use this. We have 32 boys in group en they are 7-11 years old. Every year we have a program: hand jigsaw cutting. Normal we have boomerang, birdhouse, etc. But this is amazing! Cause we have only 2 hours in a week, I will make the big pieces at home with machine en the little pieces the kids can cut with handsaw. I will use thinner wood (MDF 4 mm) en will change the holes but Thanks for sharing this! All the kids like dino's so i need to do this! (I'm sorry for my bad english, just want to thank you very much!)
I am glad you can use this for your program with the boys. That will be great to have them all work on pieces and then put them all together into one dinosaur. Please post a picture of it when you have it complete.
was this very hard to make?
I don't think it is a very hard project. If you are cutting the pieces out by hand then you just want to take your time and make sure you don't cut the slots where the pieces fit together wider then the thickness of your material. It's a lot easier to take some additional wood out of the slot than to put it back in.
Congratulations on being a winner in the digital fabrication contest! I really really want one of these and I'm trying to find a saw to borrow so I can make one!
Thanks so much. I was really hoping to win the Shapeoko so I could try cutting out a really small version of the dinosaur. Hmmm......Someday.
This was an excellent post. I cut one out of 3/4 plywood for Halloween and it works nicely. Great job.
Is that a CNC in the garage behind the dinosaur? Did you build it yourself? I am so envious!
That is great. Thanks for sharing that funny picture. What a terrified look.
great work. But I can not download the dwg and dxf files.
Thank you, I already download, so I'm cutting on my cnc <br>.Best regards
In Google Chrome browser I just right click on the file name &quot;Trex 3d model.dwg&quot; and choose the option &quot;Save link as ...&quot;. It will give you a same dialog box. I have noticed on my computer it changes the name of the file to save to a different name with a &quot;.dwg&quot; file extension. Just rename the file to your liking and same it in the best location on your computer. Remember to keep the proper extension. <br> <br>Hope that helps.
liked a lot, I'll try to make a
Please post a picture if you build one.
Great work! For people who don't want to draft their own pattern, here's a book: <br>http://www.foxchapelpublishing.com/product_p/2445.htm
Great work! For people who don't want to draw their own pattern, here's a book of oversized dino skeleton patterns: http://www.foxchapelpublishing.com/product_p/2445.htm
Good stuff! <br>I did a similar one a few months ago (velociraptor) with a cheap 16inch scroll saw and some half inch ply and wood stain to give it a more fossilised look. Also a coat of clear to protect it from the elements as we keep our pet dino outside.
This looks great -- I like the dark stain for an outdoor display. Dynamic pose and hilarious photo. What a treat! :D
That's a great idea to add the stain and clear coat. I don't think our dinosaur would like being outside for the Iowa winters where we live. That stone texture spray paint could be a neat texture as well.
I hear you, we get lots of snow and occasional -30C days in winter here in Ontario. <br>I like your idea about the stone spray paint. <br> <br>Another thing you could do with the patterns you have made would be to cut out the shapes in a thicker substance (maybe that foam insulation you can get at hardware stores) but discard the &quot;pieces&quot; and keep the negatives instead and use them as a mold to fill with concrete or resin. <br> <br>Then you could do cool looking stepping stones in the garden or an archaeological dig in the veggie patch. I think i will give it a try this spring. <br>
Great idea for the molds for stepping stones. I think the head pieces would look cool, but the teeth would have to be supported somehow.
What a great model, and your instructions are exceptional! <br> <br>I can't load steps 3 and 5; is it possible that something happened to the links? <br> <br>I'd love to see the whole instructable - this is one of the best I've seen in some time.
Thanks for your kind comments. <br> <br>Not sure what would cause steps 3 and 5 to not load. Did you ever get it to work for you?
Hey, the pages are loading now! Darn gremlins must've been in the tubes again... <br> <br>I may have to try a mid-sized cardboard model for fun. Maybe an oreodont, using your methodology (I'm a fan of prehistoric mammals). <br> <br>I love that your method makes for accurate proportions (tracing from a fossil or reconstructed skeleton picture). I also think it's great that the poses are adjustable. Clever work, and generous of you to take the time to document and share so clearly!
Awesome project! FWIW, I built a slightly larger one for my daughter using a CNC router &amp; 3/4&quot; MDO (weatherproof fiberboard). &quot;Jaws&quot; stands about 7 ft tall and guards our garden.
Oh Man! That is awesome. What I would give for my own CNC router that would be great. It can get a little hard to cut the larger pieces on a scroll saw without help supporting them.
Fantastic job. Looks amazing. I am going to make a 48&quot; one for my son. When using the pdf do i need to take it to a print shop or print it out as is. In other words is it to scale or does it need scaled up. Thank you so much for the PDF I am very excited.
Thanks so much.<br><br>When you print the PDF you should be able to just print to normal 8.5x11 inch sheets and then line up the adjacent sheets as necessary.<br><br>Print with NO page scaling (at 100%). Each page should have a scale on it that you can use to check they are printed to the proper scale. Maybe print one sheet as a check and then print the rest.<br><br>Make sure you adjust the width of the slots in the pieces for your thickness of material. Just hold a small sample piece on edge over the slots on the printed templates. Then draw a line on each side with a pencil for the proper width of your material.<br><br>Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.
Whoa, I'm a 76-inch tall &quot;kid&quot; and I think that looks awesome :) Yet another reason I should get a scroll saw..

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