Toymakers Shop Dinosaur Allosaurus Handmade Wood Toy Build Notes

 

Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Finished
Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Finished
 

The Allosaurus is a relatively simple to build toy with only five parts. I like to make them from 3/4-inch Oak.

Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Finished
Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Finished


If I don't already have wood that is the correct thickness, I will cut the dinosaur's arms and legs from the thicker stock and resaw them to the desired thickness.


Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Finished
Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Finished

I can make the parts faster by resawing the smaller parts. I sand them before resawing, and after resawing, I have two identical parts.

 

Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Patterns Are Applied to Blue Tape For Easier Removal.
Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Patterns Are Applied to Blue Tape For Easier Removal.

 

The blue painter's tape is easy to apply and remove, but it will sometimes pull wood fibers out of the wood. In most cases, I wait until I have cut the pieces to sand the surfaces because I may need to sand any way after removing the tape.


Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Pattern  Applied to Shelf Liner For Easier Removal.
Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Pattern Applied to Shelf Liner For Easier Removal.


I am experimenting with an adhesive clear shelf liner. It works well, but I find it more challenging to apply than the blue painter's tape.


Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Parts Cut Using A Scroll Saw
Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Parts Cut Using A Scroll Saw

Here the toy dinosaur parts are all cut out and. Note the 3/4-inch thickness of the arms and legs. I will resaw these parts to their proper thickness using my band saw.


Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Legs And Arms Glued And Clamped to One Side
Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Legs And Arms Glued And Clamped to One Side

I glue and clamp only one side of the dinosaur's arms and legs at a time allowing the glue to cure for 20-minutes. After 20-minutes, the glue joint is strong enough to handle without being concerned that the parts will move. A full-strength glue joint requires 24-hours.


Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Second Set of Legs And Arms Glued And Clamped After The Glue Sets
Handmade Wood Toy Dinosaur Allosaurus Second Set of Legs And Arms Glued And Clamped After The Glue Sets

Toymakers need plenty of small clamps. The clamps I used for this build are from Harbor Freight Tools and cost 0.99 cents each. They are more than adequate for this task, plus the price is hard to beat. When making batches of toy dinosaurs, it is easy to use 30 clamps.


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