I made some wooden shapes of celestial bodies (that’s a “sun” on the right) for my son on the occasion of his first birthday.
I used 1 inch red oak for the wood1. I had a 6″x6″ piece of it left over from another project I’m working on. If I’d been more meticulous about the layout of the shapes on my template (taking my bandsaw blades’s cutting radius, etc. into account) I probably could have fit another 2 shapes on the board and gotten more out of it. Maybe next time.
Here is the template I made for the shapes. I glued it directly onto the wood with a glue stick.
After cutting the shapes out on my bandsaw, I sanded each piece with 80, 120, and 220 grit sandpaper, making sure not to leave any sharp points, especially on the star.
To finish the pieces, I used mineral oil2. I coated each piece with 3 coats of oil with a very light sanding between each coat. I gave it about 12 hours to dry after each coat and 24 hours after the final coat.
I’m really happy with how these turned out. The oil really brings out the color in the wood too.
- Well, 1″ nominal thickness. Actual thickness was 3/4″
- Mineral oil is 100% kid-safe and is even sold in most pharmacies as a laxative. Apparently it’s meant to be ingested. I’m told the laxative properties go away after the piece has dried for 24 hours, but I’ll keep you updated in the following days if that proves to be untrue.