2019-08-31

Etsy Shop Listing 643250709 - Handmade Wooden Halloween Ghost Cutout Made From Solid Pine Wood Custom Made To Order

Use these ghosts to make Halloween decorations, mobiles, ornaments, toys, or cake decorations. Use several or mix and match with other cutouts and create unique items.

Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood
Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood


A handmade, unfinished 3/4-inch thick Halloween Ghost cut by hand on a scroll saw. It has been lightly sanded with 220 grit sandpaper and is ready to be painted. Use the ghosts as is or paint them. The kids always want colors. Unlike many thinner cutouts, these are freestanding and are good pretend toys.

Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood
Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood



I can easily make these in any size up to eight inches. Sizes above eight inches require a custom printed pattern at additional cost.

Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood
Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood


Hardwood, plywood, and MDF are a few of the materials I can cut ghosts from. Some materials will cost a bit more. Custom orders are always welcome.

Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood
Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood

Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood
Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood
Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood
Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood

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I made the first batch of these for my grandson, Odin. He is crazy for anything Halloween related. Some friends saw them and wanted them too. They are great Halloween decorations, but, for my grandson, they are toys. He builds haunted houses from blocks and uses them as scary occupants.



This toy is not for use by children under three or children who like to chew on things.

Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood
Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood


I recommend sealing with shellac before applying craft paint. You can use craft paint without sealing. However, it will require more painting and more sanding to get a smooth finish. If sealed and painted, wooden Ghosts are safe for outdoor use.

  Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood
Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood


Another option for painting is Behr exterior house paint. You can get it in small sample cans at Home Depot in just about any color you can imagine. Other hardware, home centers, and paint stores offer similar samples.

Height 3.5 inches
Width 3.5 inches
Thickness 0.75 inch

Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood
Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood


These Ghosts are handmade from real wood. Each piece, even from the same board, is different. The one you receive may not look the same as the one in the listing photos.

Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood
Handmade Halloween Wooden Toy Ghost Cutout Made From Pine Wood


I sell these individually instead of in sets so you can pick and choose only the ones you want. Shipping per item gets lower as you buy more of them.

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2019-08-25

Wooden Wheel Patterns for the Scroll Saw

Wooden Toy Wheel Patterns Ready To Cut With A Scroll Saw
Wooden Toy Wheel Patterns Ready To Cut With A Scroll Saw

I salvaged the wood from 2x4 pieces that would typically go into the burn bucket and used for kindling the next time we have a backyard fire. Because the wheels are so small, it is simple to work around defects such as knots and pitch pockets. I resaw the wood to 1/2-inch thick on my Shopsmith band saw, sand the wood on the belt sander, apply the blue tape, and the patterns. I drill using a drill press and a very sharp brad point drill bit getting as close to the center as possible.

I have tried several methods for drawing the circles on the wood using printed patterns is by far the most accurate way to do it.

The blue painter's tape lets me remove the patterns with little fuss, leaves no residue, and lubricates the scroll saw blade.

I made a pattern to print 35 wheels on a page. I used two and a half pages and made 88 wheels. There are always a few that are don't come out well, but the yield was very high for this batch.

Click here to get a copy of the pattern I used to make these wheels.

2019-08-11

Toy Makers Shop - Dust Collection For My Sanding Mop Made From PVC Pipe Coupler

Pipe Coupler Dust Collector Mounted ON My Harbor Freight Drill Press with a Sanding Mop
Pipe Coupler Dust Collector Mounted ON My Harbor Freight Drill Press with a Sanding Mop



In my toy making shop, I use a sanding mop a lot. It makes a considerable amount of fine dust, that is hard to collect. The 2x4 PVC pipe coupling is the best solution I have found so far. It is straightforward to build and costs about $10 if you don't already have the parts.

To make the collector drill a hole in the 2x4 pipe coupling and bolt on a magnet. Then connect your shop vac. If you don't have a cast iron top an electrical box cover screwed to a piece of plywood or MDF will give you something to clamp.

I used a magnet from a previous project that I didn't need anymore. I  got mine from Harbor Freight, but they are available from Amazon and eBay if you don't have a Harbor Freight store. Warning, Test your magnet to be sure you can get it off. The one I used sticks so tight I needed a pry bar to get it off. This project is a good candidate for mag switches if you move it around a lot.

All vacuum hoses will not fit tightly. I have an extension hose for my shop vac the fits tight on the inside of the coupler. However, the regular hose end is a little too small. You may need to make an adapter.

This contraption works very well as compare to what I used to do. Nothing or clamp the shop vac hose to the table and hop it stays put. The vacuum hose worked, but it was quite tricky to keep in place. The Pipe coupler with this magnet isn't going anywhere. The hose will pull out before it moves.