What is the best tool for making wooden "ostheimer-like" figures? I'm looking at the Dremels but I'm not sure which one would work best for the thickness of the wood. I know a scroll saw would be wonderful but we can't afford that. I was hoping to stay around $50-$75....definitely under $100. Thanks!
Tool for wood toys
You can often find scroll saws on craigslist for under $50. I bought a bandsaw for $25 last year. Its perfectly adequate for my purposes. A dremel or belt sander is great for finishing but sanding when you should be cutting can be a huge waste of time.
That said, I have had some success using a hand saw, hand carving tools and have been thinking dreaming lately of buying a rasp and file for further shaping of the wood. I think that would be a great thing to use in making little wooden toys. You go a lot slower, but if this is hobby and not production, it adds to the charm. A wood burning tool is cheap and nice to add details.
Finally, you can check to see if you have a tool thrift shop in your area. Those are great for picking up old or used tools, and usually old men work there who can advise you on absolutely everything.
I think I'm gonna hit up the hardware store for a rasp and a file today.... :)