Hand Carved Wooden Toy Box Project

This page will show the progress as I begin a wooden toy box project for a client’s twins. The designs will feature jungle scenes with one toy box having a lion and the other will have a giraffe. (View the completed “Leo” toy box here)

Most recent image (August 17, 2018) – COMPLETE!

Carved Toy Box - Joise the Giraffe - Final

Feb 19, 2018: Below are the two sketches I’ve made to get the project started.

hand carved wooden toy boxes Josie Drawing
hand carved wooden toy boxes Leo Drawing

Please check back as I work on this project and post updates!

Here are the boxes I’ll be working on.  The toy boxes were built in Chester Nebraska by RJ Woods and are made of oak.

wooden toy box - hand made

The first step in the process is to take the design, print it out to scale and transfer it to the wood.  Here I am redrawing the design with tracing paper under the big sheet.

Carving a Wooden Toy Box - Designing

Feb 20, 2018: And now the designs are on the wood! 😀

wooden toy box carving drawn design

Feb 28, 2018 – And the carving has begun! Here’s my progress after a few days of carving.  It’s taking me a little to get back into it, but it’s just like riding a bike. 

March 11, 2018: More carving to get the background set and start working on some detail. I decided to hand carve this area rather than use the router in my studio.

wood toy box carving 02

March 15, 2018: Here’s a shot that shows a closer view of some of the detail in the leaves and palm tree.


April 3, 2018: More progress to report on the wooden toy box!  I’ve worked my way from the right to the left and a lot wood removed (one little chip at a time).  It’s all starting to come together now and I’m excited to see more!  Thankfully, winter is staying in Nebraska for what seems like forever, so I’m enjoying my warm indoor studio time!

April 6, 2018: I am almost done with Josie the giraffe!  This photo (below) has darker shadows to show off the depth of the carving.

wood toy box josie carving 05

August 8, 2018: Wow – time flies!!  I’m back at the carving the wooden toy box again and progressing a long with Josie the Giraffe.

wood toy box josie carving 06

August 13, 2018: I’m getting SOOOOooo close to completing this one!  Just some more detail to finish and then I can begin the 2nd carving.

wooden toy box josie carving 07

August 14, 2018: Carving is done! 😀  I’ve started applying stain, and will have to see how many coats are needs, but I’m really happy with the look so far!

wooden toy box josie carving 08

August 15, 2018: I’ve added color stain to finish the front, then it’s back to the shop for assembly and a final stain!

Wooden toy Box - Josie - 9

August 17, 2018 – I received it back from the shop who built the box and it’s COMPLETE! 😀

Hand Carved Wooden Toy Box Project
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