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Project by stefang posted 12-10-2014 09:08 AM 1996 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I cut this sleigh and reindeer quite a few years ago. I actually made 7 copies If I remember correctly and we painted them along with a lot of other cut out figures and ornaments at our annual Christmas workshop with our grandkids and their cousins. Everybody used the colors they wanted and there were some interesting variations! The third photo is one of the originals that we sent to my DIL in Sweden so she could paint it and hers is probably the most authentic paint job as the sleigh is a Swedish design.

It would be fun to see more of these sleigh projects posted. I imagine that there are quite a few out there and it will keep us in the Christmas spirit!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.





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Dutchy

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#1 posted 12-10-2014 10:09 AM

Ho ho ho

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#2 posted 12-10-2014 10:53 AM

What a fun project to make multiples and have a painting party! Your DIL’s version is very elegant. Thanks for sharing your Christmas spirit!

-- God bless, Candy

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stefang

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#3 posted 12-10-2014 12:05 PM

It sounds like you are getting into the spirit Jan! Yes Candy, those Christmas workshops were fun when the grandkids were small. They really looked forward to it every year.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#4 posted 12-10-2014 12:37 PM

They all look very nice love the DIL one! I’ve seen a few of these out there and I must say the sleighs your made with your family are now my favorite’s! Thanks for helping us get in the mood!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 12-10-2014 12:43 PM

That a beauty, Mike. Years ago I made Christmas car holder reindeer out of a 2×4 and cut a lot of slots for the cards. I don’t even know if there is one left??
Cheers, jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-10-2014 12:48 PM

Wow! This is why I need an actual scroll saw, so I can work up to your level!

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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#7 posted 12-10-2014 01:02 PM

I have a scroll saw and I don’t come close to Mike’s level. Beautiful work as always my friend.
Remember the reason for the season!! Merry Christmas!!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#8 posted 12-10-2014 01:03 PM

Remember the reason for the season!! Merry Christmas!!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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stefang

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#9 posted 12-10-2014 01:17 PM

Thanks everyone. A scroll saw is a great Christmas gift for the whole family as even young kids can be taught how to use them. I did keep an eye on my grandkids whenever they used it though and I taught them how to use it safely and also proper cutting techniques. They learned it faster than I did and they even cut better with it than me! About the worst that could happen would be that they could cut their fingers on it, but mine never did and they used it every Christmas season for several years. It’s a good idea to let the wife/husband try it out too. Of course with a lot of demand you might find it difficult to get to use it yourself!

Jake Getting to my level should take you about one week. Before you buy the saw I suggest you buy a scroll saw handbook to learn what they are capable of and what features to look for. It should also have some projects included to get you started. I would suggest you buy a saw that doesn’t use pin blades and which has variable speed and quick blade change features as a minimum and any other features you feel fits your budget. I guarantee you will never regret spending a little extra for these important features.

Rob Absolutely agree about the reason for the season. I’m not really that good with a scroll saw, but I take my time and I don’t try to impress myself with a lot of fancy handwork and fast cutting. The trick is just to enjoy the work and if you use the scroll saw a lot you will get a lot faster automatically, but not necessarily better quality cuts. With complicated work I go slow and I don’t try to make all those oblique quick turns on points and stuff. Another point is that the speed of your saw doesn’t mean you need to cut through the material fast, it’s just that the faster the sawblade is moving the cleaner the cuts, but you can still move through the cut at whatever pace you find comfortable. Merry Christmas to you and your family too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 12-10-2014 01:49 PM

I can remember those days when the kids were young. They would bring home Christmas decorations from school and we would help them finish them. Now we’re just glad that we are around to be together for the holidays.
If I could paint that nice I wouldn’t be doing woodworking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 12-10-2014 02:08 PM

That’s just toooo cute Mike.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#12 posted 12-10-2014 03:09 PM

Verry Nice! Great scrollsaw work. Very nice that it became a family project, as well. Thanks for sharing.

-- Ed

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#13 posted 12-10-2014 03:32 PM

Fun project Mike,I really like this Santa and company,
Merry Christmas

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#14 posted 12-10-2014 04:02 PM

You did a great job on these, Mike.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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stefang

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#15 posted 12-10-2014 05:28 PM

Thanks everyone, just something fun to post near Christmas. The Norwegians really take Christmas seriously. It is celebrated from Advent out through to New Years! The tradition Julbord parties start in November.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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