SHAPE YOUR WORLD

Tutorial:

Wooden Elephant rocker

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • A Jigsaw
  • A Drill Driver
  • A Sander
  • Knife
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tape Measure
  • Wood Glue
  • Materials: 4ft x 4ft piece of 18mm brushed Plywood
  • Small length of cord for the tail
  • White plastic tube for the tusk handles
  • The elephant cutting stencil

BEFORE YOU START

  • Check the condition of your furniture piece thoroughly for any repairs or other preparation that might be needed before starting your project.
  • Think about your design – you may want to create a mood board to help you do this. Why not share your ideas with friends and family to get their thoughts, too?

SAFETY FIRST!

Safety comes first when undertaking any kind of DIY project. You should take all precautions to avoid harm or injury, and as such BLACK+DECKER recommends the use of personal protective equipment when completing this tutorial, including:

  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Dust mask

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

  • 1.

    Download the elephant stencil PDF and print. The stencil is A1 size, so if you have an A4 printer it will need to be printed as separate A4 pages. To do this, select the ‘tile’ option in the print dialogue menu before you print. Your printer will then print out the stencil as 8 separate A4 pages. Alternatively, you can take the stencil file to a local printing shop.

    2.

    Using masking tape, stick the separate A4 sheets together.

    3.

    With a sharp knife, cut out the template elements

    4.

    Stick the template to the plywood and carefully draw around it.

    5.

    Remove the paper template. Your plywood is now marked and ready to cut. Repeat this for all of the different template elements.

    6.

    Select the correct setting for your Jigsaw.

  • 7.

    Carefully cut around the template.

    8.

    Using a drill and a 22mm Forstner drill bit, cut out a hole for the eye and tusks.

    9.

    Repeat.

    10.

    Carefully sand the wood to ensure its smooth to touch.

    11.

    Start to assemble the elephant. Apply wood glue and then slot the wood into place. Make sure the wood glue is completely dry. Follow pack instructions.

    12.

    Repeat for the seat and ears.

  • 13.

    Drill a hole for the elephant tail.

    14.

    Glue the front legs to the base ensuring they are centrally positioned

    15.

    Apply glue and slot in the front legs to the body.

    16.

    Now glue and attach the runners. They should be 20cm from the end of the runner to the back leg.

    17.

    Attach the front of the runner using a drill/driver.

    18.

    Slot in the elephant tusks and handle using glue to secure.

  • 19.

    Attached the tail using glue.

    20.

    Finished. You can now wax or stain the elephant if you wish.