Last weekend, I built another stuffed animal zoo tower. I followed Ana White’s plans for the zoo tower. This is a pretty easy DIY that you can complete in one weekend. Follow along for details for project details!
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Tools and Supplies
The following items are some of the tools and supplies I gathered to build the stuffed animal zoo tower. For a complete listing of what’s required, check out Ana White’s plans.
- 2x2x8 (2)
- 1x2x8 (2) (I used this instead of the 1×3 listed in the plans. I did not want to purchase new lumber for the project.)
- Brad nailer
- Japanese Handsaw (with saw guide)
- 50′ 3-ply jute twine
- #10 screw eyes (24)
- Super glue (for securing the rope knot)
- Watco’s Danish Oil (Medium Walnut) (This was my first time using Danish Oil. I really enjoyed using the finish!)
- Cloth applicator
I did not own my brad nailer when I built the first stuffed animal zoo tower. Oh wow, what a difference that made (compared to using a hammer)!
Building the Stuffed Animal Zoo Tower
Step 1: Cut the boards to the appropriate lengths
First up, I cut the 2×2 and 1×2 boards down the the correct sizes with my Japanese handsaw and guide.
Step 2: Assemble the zoo tower
Next, I assembled the zoo tower. I used a brad nailer and wood glue to attach the boards.
Step 3: Sand the tower and prep it for staining (or painting)
Sand the surface of the tower. (Sanding is always my least favorite part of a project!)
Step 4: Stain and seal the tower
I used Watco Danish Oil in Medium Walnut. This was my first time using Danish Oil and I really enjoyed applying the finish. It stains and seals in a single step. The color is a bit too light for my preferences. I should have selected the dark walnut.
Step 5: Screw in the screw eyes
Once the finished dried, I installed the screw eyes. A pair of pliers was necessary to get the job done.
Step 6: Add the rope
For the final step, I threaded the jute twine through the screw eyes. I sealed the knot with super glue.
DIY Stuffed Animal Zoo Tower
There is finally order for my young one’s stuffed animal collection. (Seriously though, I think half of the stuffed animals are my own.)