Wooden toys have a strict manufacturing process, any process should not be ignored, let's take a look at the general production process:
The raw material – wooden boards – will be stacked in the open air to dry naturally before we do anything to them. We’ll only start making wooden toys with them till the moisture content of the wood falls below 15 percent, which is essential for preventing the wooden toys from getting mildewed.
02. Shaping Blank
The process of cutting raw timber into smaller pieces in approperiate sizes and then making them to the shapes of the toys. These uncolored shapes are called “blanks”.
Techniques: wire saw cutting, CNC cutting, laser cutting, die cutting, drilling etc.
All blank wooden toy pieces should go though a sanding process to get rid of all the burs and be perfectly smooth for the folllowing coating process.
Techniques: manual sanding, drum sanding.
When all the blank wooden toy pieces are smooth and clean, they’re ready for the coating (or painting) process. All of Eagle Creation’s toys have more than one layer of coating to ensure nice finish and good adhesion. First, it’s base coating, or primer, after the primer layer is finished, we’ll sand the toys pieces again to make sure the coating surface is perfectly smooth, then we do the second layer of coating. After each layer of coating, we’ll need to sand the pieces for the next layer of coating, until the final layer of finish is done.
Techniques: spray painting, drum painting.
We employ various different techniques to print the colorful images onto the wooden toys.
Techniques: silk screen, heat transfer, pad printing, water transfer
We can also make elegant engraved logos or images onto the wooden toys.
Techniques: hot stamp, laser engraving
07. Hand Painting
If you want the toys to have an original, unique style, maybe hand painting is the perfect way to do the artworks on the toys.
Techniques: hand painting