By Cross | Created March 28th, 2020 | Published March 28th, 2020 | Updated March 28th, 2020
Simple toy for kids to build and / or play with.
Files included (2)
6" x 6" wood
1/2" dowel ca. 2.5" long
Optional: drill press & lathe
Import AppleMain and use it to cut the outline of the toy. Most of the perimeter can be cut with a 1/4" bit, but the stem & leaf section needs a 1/8" cutter. Use helical cuts to take care of the holes, or take the project to a drill press later and randomly place holes there with a Forstner bit.
If you want the leaf to look nicer you can then import AppleLeaf and line it up with the cut outline. Use an engraving bit to cut a chamfer around it.
For the worm I used a 1/2" dowel and put it on my lathe to create spherical sections. Drill a tiny hole all the way through. Drill a slightly larger hole halfway through, starting from the head of the worm. Using a long needle you can then thread a string from the tail through to the head. Double up the string and tie a couple of knots before pulling it back inside the worm. Tie the other end to the apple.
I did this project with my 5 and 9 year old kids, closely supervising their work of using Shaper, drill press, lathe, sanding, and painting. They had a great time and even the older one enjoyed playing with the finished project.