Sophie’s oven.

December 24th, 2012

This year for Christmas my sister asked me to make my niece Sophie a toy oven. So I did!

It’s a simple wooden box made from 25mm pine framing covered in MDF and painted.

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The door is simply hinged to the front and has a piece of clear acrylic for a window. I wanted a much wider handle but the short one was all I could find (without getting into stupidly expensive designer kitchen stuff). The door is held shut with a magnetic cupboard catch. The top elements are made from a scrap piece of red perspex I had. I photographed an element on my own real oven then printed that out onto paper that I cut to fit under the plastic. It’s a bit tricky to photograph as the red cuts out too much light. In real life you can see the ‘elements’ under the plastic easily.

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The control panel is some scrap aluminium that was part of the horrible original body on my Austin 7. I got some little black knobs from Surplustronics and glued short lengths of aluminium into them to fit through the panel. The knobs are then held on from behind with a spring which is held in place by a washer and a split pin passing through a cross hole in the shaft. This allows the knobs to turn but not fall off. I use a disc of felt under the knob so it doesn’t scrape on the front panel itself.

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The big, red knob is actually a clockwork kitchen timer I got cheaply from a kitchen shop. That is simple bolted to the front panel. You dial in a time and it ticks down and rings a bell when it’s ready.

The labelling is the equivalent of Letraset dry transfers. This oven is of course the famous New Zealand Fusher and Pookal brand. I added the lettering and symbols then sprayed the panel with several coats of clear varnish to protect them.

The inside of the oven has two removable racks (removed from my own kitchen actually) and a bottom element. That element is made from clear vinyl tube filled with red acrylic paint. The ends of the tube were blocked off with ball bearings (from inside old spray paint cans) and then sealed with hot glue. It is held in tool clips screwed to the oven floor.

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The inside of the oven is painted matt black. The outside was painted with white enamel paint. To finish off the oven I made a cardboard box from scraps I had left over from covering the car (you temporarily cover the frame with cardboard to check the shape).

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I stencilled the Fusher and Pookal brand on the box by cutting out the lettering on a sheet of paper then laying that over the box and spraying over it. Tomorrow is Christmas so I will see if I can fit a large toy oven into a small MGB! I’ll try to get some pictures of Sophie playing with it.

Update: She likes it!





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