2 Sleighs and a Herd of Reindeer

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Project by TDSpade posted 10-21-2012 07:02 PM 5952 views 13 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had to try my hand at making these band saw reindeer. Then I needed a sleigh. After that a coworker wanted a set for his mother to paint up. Another coworker wanted just 7 reindeer. If I can find the time I’m going to turn a couple of trees on my lathe and make a small display just for fun.

Reindeer were cut from old nasty looking fir 2×4’s I had laying out in the weather, they are a little over 7 inches tall. The one tall reindeer is just over 9 inches tall cut from pine.

The sleighs are cut from blocks of glued up pine. The sleigh runners are quarter inch plywood. After I cut the sleighs out I cut off both sides. Then cut out the middle parts of the sleighs, and using a half inch chisel I cut quarter inch by half inch slots on both sides of the sleighs to for the runners. I glued the sides back on. Sanded everything smooth, and then installed the runners.

I almost made the sleighs into band saw boxes. But decided not to. After seeing blackie’s band saw box sleighs I wish had.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 10-21-2012 07:25 PM

That’s just a whole bunch of little cuts. Nice looking pieces.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-21-2012 08:55 PM

Those are really cool. Can you do a blog on cutting out those deer? Thanks, Jim

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

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#3 posted 10-21-2012 09:11 PM

Awesome… Great job… I really like the sleigh
Do you have a pettern for it or did you just make it up as you went?

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#4 posted 10-21-2012 09:50 PM

Sir show us a close up of one of the deer.
Nice job!

-- MrHart

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#5 posted 10-21-2012 10:18 PM

Yeah, please blog the deer, and from what I’m seeing I hope they don’t paint ‘em …..they look pretty cool all by themselves!

-- No matter where you go, there you are!

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#6 posted 10-21-2012 11:52 PM

lots of work good job

-- Joel

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#7 posted 10-22-2012 01:47 AM

Wonderfull work.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 10-22-2012 02:25 AM

That old 2×4 appears to be doug fir and the grain gives these reindeer a zebra look. You couldn’t have planned that grain direction better. I’ve seen the Carter video of a guy cutting these and was amazed as there were no cut lines to follow (and he was FAST!).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 10-22-2012 04:21 AM

I downloaded the reindeer pattern on line. Shrunk it down to fit a 2×4. I found the how to video is here.

The sleigh I made up as I went along. I’ll see if I can work up some plans for it.

Here is a copy of the reindeer pattern for 2×4’s. I do trim the 2×4 blocks to just over the height and width of the pattern.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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#10 posted 10-22-2012 11:11 AM


Looks great! But, I wonder how you get any sleep with those guys around – and I suppose cleaning up after them can also be a chore. Thanks again for sharing – love the way they look as a group.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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