I had a client ask for two custom toy boxes for twins, designed based on their favorite toys.


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I started this project in March 2018 and, while working between other projects, finished it in September 2018. To save myself some time, I had the boxes made at a local cabinet shop. It’s all carved by hand from oak using a variety of chisels, then I added color using Tung Oil tinted with oil paints.

Here’re some photos and a couple of videos which show the progress and final result of my carving.

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I started with two sketches based on twins’ favorite toys

The first step in the process was 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

Then, the designs were transferred on the wood

A small selection of the tools I used on for this project

And the carving had begun!

Here is the finished carved panel of “Josie the Giraffe”

The final, completed “Josie” toy box, which is 41″ x 19″ x 26″

Detail of the “Josie the Giraffe” carving

Completed front panel of “Leo the Lion”

The final, completed “Leo” toy box, which is 41″ x 19″ x 26″

Detail of the “Leo the Lion” carving

And the cheerful twins can finally enjoy their unique toy boxes

Watch the progress of the carving of “Josie the Giraffe”

Watch the progress of the carving of “Leo the Lion”