2021-07-24

In The Toymakers Shop - Handmade Wood Alligator Family Stacking Puzzle

 

Handmade Wood Alligator Family Stacking Puzzle
Alligator Family Stacking Puzzle Ready For Sanding And Finishing

I made this in my toymakers shop using traditional woodworking tools. I cut the puzzle from 3/4-inch thick poplar using a scroll saw. After sanding, I will finish it with a shop-made blend of mineral oil and beeswax. The alligator puzzle is one of a series of stacking animal family puzzles I have in production. They will all be for sale in my Etsy shop when they are completed.

Puzzles:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/odinstoyfactory?section_id=22461824

How Read The Price Tags In The Big Box Stores

Price For An Eight Foot 1x6 Poplar Board At Lowe's
Price For An Eight Foot 1x6 Poplar Board At Lowe's

For me, the big box stores are Lowe's and Home Depot. "Big Blue" and "Big Orange."


The lighting is poor, and many of the price tags are located where you need to get down on the floor with a flashlight to read them. The stock is often in the wrong bin or mislabeled, with the wood prices as high as they are now. I don't want any surprises when I get to the checkout. I want to know how much it's going to cost me before I load my cart.


While shopping for poplar lumber one day and squinting at the price tag, it occurred to me that maybe I could take a photo of the price tag with my phone. It worked like a charm. I could easily read the tag on my phone, and now I have a copy of the price tag in case there is a problem at the register. In addition, I have a dated record of how much the item cost.

2021-07-22

Handmade Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal - 753696659

Handmade Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Etsy Listing
https://www.etsy.com/listing/753696659/

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Puzzles:
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Animals:
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Toy Cars:
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Toy Trucks:
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Shop Front Page:
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I had a little problem making this toy alligator puzzle; The eyes gave me fits, and I trashed a few puzzles before I settled on this design.  

The first thing I tried was painting the alligator's eyes. That didn't work well. I'm not an artist, and getting the eyes to look right was too much for me. So into the trash that one went.

I also tried wood burning, but my cheap wood burning tool nor my skills with the tool produced an acceptable result—more designer kindling.

I also tried cutting the alligator's eye with wood on the outside. The wood proved to be too weak and broke easily. So I settled for this method. I'm not happy with it, but it will do for now. The next time I make one of these, I am going to leave the forward out altogether. The design looks very cute on paper. But getting it into the wood was a bit of a challenge.

I tried one thing on this that I had not done before. Instead of cutting the veining lines straight in with the scroll saw blade, I cut around the line, making a bolder, more visible line. I like the look of it.


Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

 

I made this wooden toy alligator in my toymakers shop using traditional woodworking tools. I sand the puzzle pieces smooth and hand-finish the alligator with a shop-made blend of USP-grade mineral oil and wax. It is a simple 3-piece puzzle for small kids just getting into puzzles.

Approximate size:
Length: 8 inches/203mm
Height: 3 inches/76mm
Thickness: 3/4-inch/19mm

Other sizes and colors may be available via custom orders or in other listings in my shop.

I make items by hand from natural wood and wood products. They can differ from one piece to the next. The one you receive may be slightly different from the item in the listing photos. Wood thickness may vary slightly from the stated size.

Not for children under three years old or kids that are still chewing things. If the toy breaks, small parts may present a choking hazard. Small children should not play with this toy without adult supervision.

Custom orders are always welcome in my shop. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me with your needs.

Handmade in Tallahassee, Florida USA

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

Wood Puzzle Baby Alligator, Simple Three Part Puzzle, Wooden Animal

 

2021-07-21

Using Tape To Prevent Wood Burning When Cutting Cherry and Other Hardwoods With A Scroll Saw

 

Dragon Patterns Attached to Wood Covered With Blue Tape
Dragon Patterns Attached to Wood Covered With Blue Tape

Etsy Shop
https://odinstoyfactory.etsy.com

According to Patrick Spielman, silicon on or in the tape keeps the tape from sticking together. The silicon gets on the saw blade as it passes through the tape and provides lubrication. He writes about this in one of his books, where he shows photos of cherry cut with and without the tape. The cherry burns when it is cut without the tape.

I suspect that all tapes are not created equal, which may explain variations in people's results.

I use the tape because it makes the patterns easier to remove. Some tape will pull out wood fibers when it is removed. In some cases, it can be bad enough to ruin the piece.

I have tried every method of attaching patterns to wood that I have come across. I am slowly becoming a fan of using spray adhesive without tape and removing the patterns by soaking the pattern with mineral spirits to remove it. The pattern comes off easily, and any residue is easily removed by wiping with a paper towel dampened with mineral spirits. I'll be saving the expensive blue tape for wood that burns.

You can use other types of tape. Clear packing tape is popular, but it doesn't stick as well as the blue tape, and I do not like the shiny surface.

2021-07-20

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur - 668860519

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Etsy Listing
https://www.etsy.com/listing/668860519/

I made the pictured toy dinosaur body from two layers of oak. The legs are ash or hickory, and I'm not sure which. Grandkids that are into dinosaurs love these.


I make ten dinosaurs in this series. The complete set of all the dinosaurs is available here. I also have a set that includes only the three baby dinosaurs. This set is available here. Both sets are made to order and are available via custom order in ant combination.

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Animals:
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Shop Front Page:
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I make these from select grade hardwoods in my toymakers shop using traditional woodworking tools. Suitable for dinosaur nursery decor, baby shower gifts, shower cake topper, party favors, birthday gifts, and kid's birthday gifts. I can produce these in quantity if you require them by special order.

I finished this toy with a USP grade and wax blend that I make myself.

Approximate Dimensions:
Length: 3-3/8 inches
Height: 3-18 inches
Width: Varies depending on the thickness of wood used.

Other sizes and colors are available via custom orders.

I make items by hand from natural wood and wood products. They can differ from one piece to the next. The one you receive may be slightly different from the item in the listing photos. Wood thickness may vary slightly from the stated size.

Not for children under three years old or kids that are still chewing things. If the toy breaks, small parts may present a choking hazard. Small children should not play with this toy without adult supervision.

Custom orders are always welcome in my shop. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me with your needs.

Handmade in Tallahassee, Florida USA

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur

Handmade Wood Toy Longneck Dinosaur