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Project by SawdustTX posted 08-12-2021 02:06 PM 591 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Set of oversized wood toy keys for my grandson – they’re about twice the size of real keys.
We’re into cars, so I took our actual car keys and cut each toy key with the same grooves, flats, and shape as the real keys. It was fun to make and kind of funny to put that detail into something a toddler is going to chew on. :)

Printed out a picture of each key
Stuck each key picture on a 3/16” key blank with spray adhesive
Cut out the key bodies on my delta 16” 3-wheel bandsaw
Cut the key “bumps” on my Delta 20” scrollsaw
For the key ring holes I drilled blade access holes, then cut on my Detla 20” scrollsaw. Couple of these came out not so symmetrical as you can see in the pictures.
Milled the grooves and flats in the key sides on the router table with small 1/4” shaft v-groove and straight bits

Woods: Mahogany, Zebra, Cherry, Walnut, Maple, Mesquite
Cars: 67 Falcon, 67 F100, 95 Suburban, 03 Silverado, 86 IROC, 89 S-10

Found online how to tie double sliding knots in the leather “key ring”. It can only extend to 7” per child toy safety guidelines.

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11





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tyvekboy

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#1 posted 08-12-2021 03:11 PM

Cool idea. Kids love to play with keys.

I would have finished them with mineral oil. Lot safer than wpe-on poly … I think. I may be wrong.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 08-12-2021 03:32 PM

That’s a cool idea. Much better than having them confiscate your keys especially with the cost of some of them these days.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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SawdustTX

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#3 posted 08-12-2021 04:07 PM

@tyvekboy I did a lot of reading, and the consensus I found was once fully cured, poly is safe. But that said, I think I’ll get some cutting board or salad bowl finish for future toys. Thanks for the suggestion. ~Steve

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 08-12-2021 07:07 PM

Real nice for a little boy. I wish I had a grandson!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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tyvekboy

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#5 posted 08-12-2021 09:03 PM

A cheap source of mineral oil is a drug store. I use it a lot on food related products. It also works as a great laxative in large quanties … LOL

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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robscastle

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#6 posted 08-12-2021 10:22 PM

for Fred and Barneys cars no doubt!

The process you used to get the results is very clever.
In fact I made something similar some years ago, it hangs in my sons house to this day I think.

I may have to pass on the drug store! no pun intended!

-- Regards Rob

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Phil32

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#7 posted 08-12-2021 11:19 PM

We’re rapidly approaching the time when grandkids will not know what car keys are. Like typewriters.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#8 posted 08-12-2021 11:33 PM

Hey Phil32! you forgot the steering Wheel!
I bet they wont have 8 Tracks either!

-- Regards Rob

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SawdustTX

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#9 posted 08-13-2021 01:31 AM

@robcastle, cool key holder you made! Thanks for the compliment. :)
@phil32 good point, my wife’s Impala just has a fob…

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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GerryFrederick

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#10 posted 08-16-2021 02:49 AM

Coolest thing I’ve scene all week. Nice work

-- GerryFrederick

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Brit

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#11 posted 08-16-2021 11:15 AM

Great job on the keys sir, very cool. I carved a set of jailers keys in various hotel rooms when away on business, which you can see in my projects. Frustrated the hell out of me because they were so fiddly.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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SawdustTX

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#12 posted 08-17-2021 12:10 AM

@Brit, your carved keys are amazing! These were pretty easy with the scrollsaw, only trick was figuring out how to make the grooves and flats, which once again the magic router table handled with ease. :)

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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