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Big, bold and beautiful! Why not try your hand at creating our stunning wooden elephant family with our final Beat The Boredom project for the summer? Designed with younger kids in mind, the wooden elephants are great for helping children get a feel for the natural world, encouraging them to learn more about these truly majestic creatures.

We’ve loved seeing your creativity at home over the last few months, so much so our Beat The Boredom will be back in the next school holidays. In the meantime, if you’re looking for project ideas, ‘The Knowledge’ has plenty of inspiration to keep your workshop busy!

What you'll need

Wooden Elephants

Part 1 – Mark out

In our example, we used a piece of 16mm thick Tulipwood. This will form the gorgeous elephant family and allow the finished items to be free standing. While we used Tulipwood, pine or other fairly easy cutting wood would also work well.

Firstly, use tracing paper to copy your template. Next, to transfer the image use a sheet of carbon paper between the template and piece of wood.


Part 2 – Cut out and drill

Place your project onto the table of the scroll saw. Adjust the blade guard assembly until it’s just above your workpiece.

Now, you are ready to cut out the design. Here, take your time and carefully follow the line. As always, make sure you wear eye protection and a suitable dust mask. Also, use a suitable extractor.

Once you have the main wooden elephant bodies cut out, make some small cuts in the feet for the toes.

Next, use 180G abrasive paper to sand and remove any remaining carbon.

Finally, drill the eyes for each of the wooden elephants.


Step 3 – Add colour and finish

For the final stages of this project, use a spirit wood stain to colour your wooden elephants. How you choose to colour them is 100% your choice. In our example, we began with the white wood stain for the smallest elephant. We then mixed black wood stain to the white to create a grey colour. We used the grey for the middle size wooden elephant. Lastly, we added more black wood stain to create a darker tone and painted the largest wooden elephant using this colour.

We recommend that you test your chosen wood stains on the offcuts. This will ensure you are happy with the colours you’ve chosen before you paint your wooden elephant family.

Once the stain has dried, apply the finish of your choice. In our example, we opted for a food safe oil.

Your completed project!


Download the Wooden Elephant Family Plans

 

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If you’ve enjoyed reading this article, keep an eye out for our next woodworking project for kids as part of our Beat The Boredom series. Watch this space for more details! Furthermore, why not take a look at all of our previous projects below?

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This looks a great little project for a rainy bank holiday weekend. I can’t see a link to the template for elephants. Is it in the article please?

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where is the elephant template

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a downloadable template would be nice

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