If your annual camping trip has been postponed or if you’re simply looking for some inspiration to keep the kids busy and entertained over the Easter weekend, we have the perfect project to get the whole family out into the garden for a little DIY, not to mention a good excuse to get out your chainsaw!
All you’ll need for this simple yet fun project are three different sized round logs, ranging roughly from 5-10cm right through to 30cm, a chainsaw, some sanding paper, superglue, a sawhorse, and any decorations you might want to use to personalise your bunny at the end.
STEP 1: The first step is to secure your largest piece of wood on your sawhorse, and cut a single disc to create the body of the bunny. The disc for the body piece should be no thinner than 2cm, as it is the base that will hold your entire bunny together. Once you have your disc, or discs if you’re making a few, give the edges a good sand to make sure they’re nice and tidy.
STEP 2: The next step is to create the head using your second largest log. Cut a disc that is either the same, or slightly thinner than the width of the body. Once you’re happy with the cut, sand the edges down.
STEP 3: Now it’s time to create the bunny’s feet and ears using your smallest log. Staring with the feet, cut two small disc that are similar in width to the body and the head, and smooth them off with the sanding paper. The ears are created using this same log, however it’s the way in which we cut these pieces that will give you the nice elongated shape for the ears. Secure this log to your sawhorse with the end poking out at least half a meter so you can safely make the cut. On an angle, cut two thin discs to create the ears, and sand the edges down.
STEP 4: The last step is use your smallest log to cut a piece to fix to the back of your bunny so it can stand. Measure the full width of your largest disc, and cut a stand that is half that measurement, so that the stand only comes halfway up the back of the bunny.
STEP 5: Once your pieces of wood are ready, it’s time to start putting your bunny together! Some kinds of superglue take a little while to set, so do all of your fixing on a flat surface so you can leave your bunny flat for a few hours before attaching the backing stand. It’s important to note that if your logs are quite fresh and dewy inside, we recommend leaving them a day or two to dry out a little before fixing the pieces together. Start by attaching the feet, before attaching the head and sliding the ears underneath the head. Once your bunny has been pieced together, glue the stand to the base of the back to hold your bunny upright.
STEP 6: Once your bunny is looking like a real bunny, get creative and add some personal touches. Use things like buttons for eyes, ribbons, paint, or anything else you can find around the house to make your bunny it’s own!
Whilst the government still allows, the majority of STIHL dealers are open for business and ready to support you and your garden projects, all while following social distancing guidelines and minimising the number of customers in store at any one time. We recommend calling ahead before you visit, and utilising our Click & Collect service where possible. This will allow your Dealer to prepare your tools and accessories before you get there, minimising your time within the store. Visit stihldealers.com.au to find your local store.