Children's Toolbox

Each year we release a selection of festive free projects to give you access to some CNC gift and decoration ideas ready for Christmas.

After what has been an incredibly difficult two years for many households, we would like to extend the sentiment of our usual festive projects to those in need of some extra kindness this Christmas. With that in mind, the Vectric elves have been busy in the workshop and we have launched the Vectric Christmas Toy Shop.

This year we have created six free project files, all of which are all compatible with our free trial software meaning they can be machined by anyone with a CNC machine around the world. All of the projects will be gender-neutral toys aimed at a variety of ages.

Join us to spread some kindness this Christmas and gift a unique toy you've made to someone who needs it most. Tag us on our social channels, use the #kindnessthischristmas or post your project on the Vectric forum so we can see how yours turned out.

Stay safe & Merry Christmas

From Beki, Todd, and Everyone at Vectric

One of the things I miss most about being a kid is how far stretched your imagination is, to the point where your bunk bed is no longer a bed it’s actually a pirate ship that’s crashing against the waves!

I wanted to bring some of that imaginary play into this project, so I created a Toolbox with some essential tools! The idea is that the kids can make their own amazing imaginary projects, perhaps it’s just a box, a toy just like this or maybe they’re making a huge wooden fun house! Who wouldn’t want to make that at that age right? Whatever it is, I’m sure children will have a blast with this toy. 

The project is made up of 3 materials (all at different thicknesses) there is the slot together element of the box itself, there is 3D two-sided machining for the hammer and everything else is pretty much  2D cuts with the exception of a little v-carving for the ruler and the text in the box.  

All you need to do to create your own Toolbox is to alter the width/ height of the slots according to the material thickness you plan to machine into, where the vectors you need to change are red (on a  layer called “Slot Vectors To Alter According to Z”) this also includes the holes for the doweling. To alter the slots make sure that you remove the fillets from the existing vectors, alter the sizes and then insert your fillets according to the tool radius you are going to use.

I hope this project inspires you to share some #kindnessthischristmas and gift this Children's Toolbox to a little one near you!  

Merry Christmas & Happy Making! 


Which Vectric software do I need to be able to open the free project files?

Versions 11+ of the software

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