Scrollsaw Christmas Ornaments and Reindeer

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Project by CharleyL posted 12-13-2015 11:11 PM 1798 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some of the Christmas Ornaments that I’ve been making for this Christmas 2015.

The first picture shows compound cut ornaments that were made from designs published by Diana Thompson. Most of these are made from 1” X 1” X 4 1/2” blocks of solid hard woods (from my scrap barrels). 80% or more of the wood becomes scrap when making them. Each ornament is cut two times, once from the top, and again after turning the block 90 deg. Then the pieces are removed to show the ornament that is in the center of the wood. I’ve made about 70 of these this year. Most will go to my extended family.

The second picture is of larger ornaments that are cut flat, but in two pieces. a slot the thickness of the wood is cut down to the center of one piece and up to the center of the other piece. The two are then slid together with glue to make the ornaments shown. Each ornament is about 6” high and 3-4 inches in diameter.
The plans for these were published in a late 90’s Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine Christmas Special edition. These will also be going to my extended family.

The third picture shows the 4 sizes of reindeer that I make with a tape measure pictured below them so you can judge their size. The original plans came from, but I resized it and cleaned it up some to suit my needs. The largest is about 3 1/2” high and the smallest is about 1” high, All are made from pine except for the smallest one, which is made from poplar. The pine was too soft to make them.

I give the largest reindeer away to any woman who helps me during the Christmas Season, or to any child over 8 who wants one (with parent’s permission). I usually hold out my hand to them, palm down with a reindeer in my hand, wish them a “Merry Christmas”, and drop it in their hand. I enjoy the smiles, sometimes hugs, even a few kisses, and happy faces on them when they receive one from me. This is the sixth Christmas that I’ve been making and giving them away. So far this year I have made 349 reindeer, and still counting. About 2/3 have already been given away. The two medium sizes of reindeer become Christmas pins. I don’t make many, but I give these away to friends and relatives. I make dangle earrings from the little ones and give them to the women in my extended family.

The forth picture shows eight of the smallest reindeer with another ruler scale for size comparison. They are quite difficult to make.


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#1 posted 12-14-2015 12:56 AM

Thanks for posting this Charley. Great ornaments and a great idea of spontaneous gifts.

-- Ray

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#2 posted 12-14-2015 03:59 AM

nice works…

-- Robert, Holguín

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#3 posted 12-14-2015 04:02 PM

They really look nice. Some great scrolling.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 12-14-2015 04:30 PM

Wow- thanks for posting.

You really raised the bar. My interest is always peaked when I have to try and figure out how something was done.

Beautiful work. Great gifts.

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#5 posted 12-14-2015 05:44 PM

Nice looking compound ornaments.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#6 posted 12-15-2015 02:03 AM

Wow- thanks for posting.

You really raised the bar. My interest is always peaked when I have to try and figure out how something was done.

Beautiful work. Great gifts.

- calisdad

Diana Thompson’s book Compound Christmas Ornaments for the Scroll Saw is available in bookstores now, although most of the designs for what I’ve made this year are from her earlier book which is now out of print. She explains how to make these in the beginning of the book. Both the ornaments and the reindeer are cut twice. One side is cut and then the piece is turned 90 degrees and cut again. If all of the pieces are held together and in alignment with each other during the cutting, a beautiful ornament will be inside the block of wood. When the cutting is complete, just remove the scrap pieces and you will find the ornament in the middle of what had been the block of wood.

Be careful! Doing this is contagious. I rarely want to make anything else on my scroll saw since I started making these.


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#7 posted 12-15-2015 04:47 AM

Very delicate. Quite a prize for the recipients.

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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