Magazine article Sunset

Scrap Wood Sculpture?

Magazine article Sunset

Scrap Wood Sculpture?

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Scrap wood sculpture? With a pile of scrap wood, your child can produce a menagerie of critters like these. As unrelated as they might seem, all are based on simple wheeled platforms. A teen-age sibling can cut these from scrap, put on the wheels, and help a younger brother or sister customize the creatures.

Animals with sharp angles or small glue-on parts might not be safe for a toddler to play with; for very young children, think of these as sculptures, not toys.

For the building blocks, odd shapes inspire the most creativity--just remember to think small. We cut up dowels for sturdy legs or whiskers, molding for eyebrows and other body details, and tongue depressors for scales or fur. Round drawer pulls are great for heads and facial features; wooden screw caps can turn into tiny eyes or noses. Clamp wood to the table during cutting.

For the bases, we used 5- by 7-inch rectangles of 1/2-inch plywood and 1-1/2-inch-diameter wood wheels bought at a craft store for about 50 cents each. …

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