- a piece of solid wood or plywood, 3/4 to 1 inch thick
- drill & screws (or white glue)
- wood wax (optional)
Step 1. Draw
Step 2. Cut
Make sure you have a good sharp blade installed in your jigsaw. It will save you a lot of effort and make cuts much prettier. Trust me, I learned this lesson the hard way.
A good advice is to google “how to cut curves” BEFORE you cut them. Here, let me save your time with this perfect tutorial. Two words, guys: relief cuts.
This moose was very far from perfection, as you can see. But I’m still sharing it. Be confident. You’ll need to push through lots of imperfect projects to get good at woodworking. So don’t give up. Your baby will love it no less, and you will be even more proud showcasing your path to success.
Step 3. Sand
Sand each element very well. After all, it’s your kid who’s gonna play with it, right? A good decision is to use several pieces of sandpaper, finishing off with as fine as 400 grit. You may skip the interlock notches as they will be hidden.
Step 4. Assemble
What a lovely wooden toy you’ve just made! Wax it up for a smooth glowing finish. Or don’t.