"Legacy" Reindeer Decoration

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Project by Tooch posted 12-10-2014 11:05 AM 914 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project I made a few years ago (before I was a LJ) and just recently found again when we brought out the Christmas Decorations. My Grandfather used to do a lot of scroll patterns, and then have my grandmother paint the faces, clothes, etc. Although he passed away a long time ago, I contribute a lot of my interest in woodworking to him and his shop in their basement.

It wasn’t until my grandmother passed away in 2010 that we finally cleaned out his shop and I inherited most of his tools, equipment, and scroll patterns. This was a reindeer that he made for my dad and each of my uncles. His was, however, made of pine and painted by grandma (complete with googly eyes and cotton balls for the tail!). Being that my sister and I have our own houses now, I figured it would be a cool tribute/gift to be able to put this up in our houses for the holiday season. Now when I decorate the house I think of him and his shop in the basement.

I decided to make it in my own style, and omit the googly eyes and cotton balls. All pieces cut from Oak, stained with Dark Walnut, and finished with 3 coats satin poly.

You’ll notice in the last picture we have 5 stockings on 4 hooks. Since the birth our second daughter I have been moved further down the family totem pole, and now I am forced to share a stocking hook with the dog. Yikes!

Merry Christmas to all Yinz guys!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 12-10-2014 12:23 PM


-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-10-2014 12:46 PM

Very nice Tooch We also have one similar to yours. A bit smaller I think. I made ours back in the 80 sometime.
I only have a few of my dads small tools and when I hold them (like you) I always think of him. Thanks for sharing your story.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

-- 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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#3 posted 12-10-2014 02:02 PM

Great project, and great story.

When I was a kid my grandfather gave me an antique drafting set and folding drafting table. I was too young to appreciate it, and it’s all gone now, one of my regrets.

Nice project, and a wonderful tribute.

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

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#4 posted 12-10-2014 04:07 PM

That is really cool and love the story. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 12-10-2014 09:27 PM

thanks fpr the comments, guys.

When I was a kid my grandfather gave me an antique drafting set and folding drafting table. I was too young to appreciate it, and it s all gone now, one of my regrets.
- jakeprater

that’s funny, a few years back I found an old drafting set my parents got for me as a kid. I never really did use it, but now I teach drafting/Cad (along with wood shop).... maybe I should’ve used it after all!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 12-16-2014 01:11 PM

Holiday d├ęcor always helps put us in the spirit. Looks gr8

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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