Children's Toy Oven

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Project by daiku1 posted 01-01-2008 04:03 AM 2014 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is based on a commercial oven that my daughter played with in her pre, pre-school class. I took the measurements there, and made mine more or less to match with 1/2” appleply rather than the 5/8” they were using for the one at her school. I made the stovetop patterns using my computer, and then printed them out on T-Shirt transfer paper. I then applied the design using my wife’s Iron (shh!). Finish is brush on poly, with a final spray coat. The “oven window” was spray painted on a taped off pattern with blue painters tape surround. Hardware includes a Piano Hinge and magnetic catch. Drop down latch to be added after New Years.

Construction was Dado and doweling, with the control knobs made from Closet Rod. It isn’t perfect, but I had a fixed deadline of December 24th at Midnight!

Sorry for the picture, but I took it off a video frame as she opened up the present on Christmas Morning :) The second picture is of the original in her class for comparison.

-- jim

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#1 posted 01-01-2008 04:09 AM

A great toy oven! With the insurgence of plastic crap, it’s nice to see people taking the time to make toys for their kids. I bet they are more appreciated than that stuff from Walmart. Nice work!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 01-01-2008 04:13 AM

Well done. I love these things. My wife teaches kindergarten and has a very similar one in her class. How did you learn that it is safe to iron on to wood? It is a great idea.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 01-01-2008 04:13 AM

Mmmmm, I can smell the cookies. Very nice.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#4 posted 01-01-2008 04:57 AM

I tried two different techniques to create the stovetop. The first was to print out the concentric circles on a laser printer. I then took the laser printout and flipped it onto a sample piece of plywood and attempted to iron that on, basically reversing the original process from printing onto paper. That worked ok, but it wasn’t that dark.

I then remembered I had the T-shirt transfer paper lying around, so I printed the same pattern out on an inkjet and tested it again, with better results. I actually had put a primer coat of poly on the top first, but it worked just find on plain wood as well.

This is a primer for my next toy project, which is a toy kitchen sink to match, but don’t tell my daughter. I have till March to finish that one.

-- jim

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#5 posted 01-01-2008 05:15 AM

Boy that is neat.

How about using a hole saw to make her some cookies.

-- BLOG -

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#6 posted 01-01-2008 10:16 AM

Beautiful looking stove for a beautiful little girl. Very creative work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 01-01-2008 11:58 AM

That is so cute. (So is the stove) What a wonderful toy, made with love.

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#8 posted 01-01-2008 12:58 PM

how awesome.

you must have been so excited as you watched her discover it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 01-01-2008 03:26 PM

Very cute, and I would never have thought of using the T-Shirt iron ons we have laying around. Very inventive. Looks great and she looks very happy. Great job :>)

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#10 posted 01-01-2008 04:12 PM

Great little project…And the customer looks very pleased!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 01-01-2008 05:53 PM

Great oven, and the new owner could not look prouder!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 01-01-2008 09:04 PM

That kind of stuff is so cool when it’s handmade. My mom ran a preschool when I was a kid and it was filled with stuff like that that my grandpa made because the business was on such a tight budget. I am so glad I grew up with the handmade version rather than the plastic walmart version like tom meantioned. That will be enjoyed for generations to come. Great job. (And clever with the iron-on transfers!)

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 01-01-2008 11:23 PM

I’ve favourited that Jim. What a lovely gift. We now have two baby granddaughters; (not that little boys shouldn’t play with ovens; oh no!) so this idea will no doubt be very useful before long. And, again, that t-shirt printing idea could have all sorts of applications. Thank you.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#14 posted 01-02-2008 12:01 AM

Jim A truly magic transformation of plain old plywood into a thing of love.

The smile on her face is priceless.

A great gift of love. The T-Shirt idea is a great one.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 01-05-2008 02:34 AM

What a great idea. I have four (yes four) daughters and they would love this. Great job.

-- The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy of life lies in not having goals to reach for.

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