Intro: How to Make a Toy Turtle by Skyler
Skyler's Toy Turtle
Step 1: Step 1: Gather Your Materials
Here are the things you will need
- A Bandsaw
- A Drill Press
- Drill Bits 1”
- Belt sander and handheld sander
- Router Table with ¼” round over bit
- Safety Goggles
- Axles and Wheels - 1.25” wheels and axles from any hobby store
- Green paint and a black pen
- 2”x6” stock wood to cut your animal out of
- ⅛” Card stock to cut your template
Step 2: Step 2: Find Your Picture
- The next step will be to find the turtle picture that fits you.
- Go on google and find the picture you want, right click and save as.
- Then name your picture and click OK and you should be set.
- I chose this one because of the side view and I liked the overall picture.
Step 3: Step 3: Print Your Picture
- After you find your picture print it out by opening the photo and clicking the file tab on the top right.
- Next press print and choose your printer.
Step 4: Step 4: Trace Your Picture
- After you find and print your picture trace it onto a scrap piece of wood around the shop.
- Try to get the animal tracing close to edges so it will be easier to cut in the future steps.
Step 5: Step 5: Cutting Your Animal
- Now you will need safety goggles so put them on.
- When cutting your animal to your desired shape make sure to keep your fingers away from the band saw.
- Make your animal exaggerated and cartoonish while cutting and try your best not to make any extra marks.
Step 6: Step 6: Drilling Wheel Holes
- Keep your safety goggles on for the next few steps.
- Using the drill press put one piece of wood under your toy and have people hold the turtle on each side.
- Line up the drill so that it is at the bottom and make sure no edges will scrape on the ground.
- Then turn the wheel until the drill goes all the way through the wood
Step 7: Step 7: Router the Edges
- When using the router tool to round the edges always test the bit on a scrap piece of wood first.
- Slowly move your turtle across the bit and make sure both sides are smooth and rounded.
- Always keep fingers away from the bit and make sure to wear goggles while using this machine.
Step 8: Step 8: Sanding Your Toy
- When sanding your turtle toy make sure to use the handheld sander and the belt sander.
- Work your way up the sand papers by going from 150 to 220 at the least.
- Make sure all the marks are gone and the whole thing feels smooth.
Step 9: Step 9: Paint Your Toy
- Paint your turtle with green paint and a black pen.
- Using the black pen make the shell shape around the whole turtle and make sure that you can see the wood.
- Also use the black pen to make the eye and a smile if you want.
- Then using the green paint the rest of the turtle except for the wheels.
Step 10: Step 10: Setting Up Your Wheels
- To set up your wheels get one wheel onto one of the axels and glue all 4 of the wheels into the holes you drilled using the drill press.
- Make sure that the toy can move smoothly and if not you might have to drill your holes one more time.
Step 11: Step 11: You Did It!
- Congratulations! This project is really fun to make and I had a great time making it.
- My turtle turned out really good and I hope yours does too.