|Project by Blackie_||posted 08-30-2013 01:27 PM||4460 views||22 times favorited||34 comments|
Pictured 5 bandsawn Santa Sleds one made from Bubinga, two made from Red Cedar and two made from Mahogany, This is what I’ve been busy doing for the past week and a half, since these did so well for me last year, I had only made two so thought I’d be better prepared this year and wanted to get these out of the way early, Maple was used for the skids and the candy cane pulls, walnut as the bench, with the exception of pecan being used on one of the mahogany sleds.
Build All of these were free hand drawn onto the wood before cutting them on the bandsaw so there might be a slight variations in each sleigh but they all came out pretty darn close.
The skids I started these off on a single piece of 15” x 5” x 8 quarter hard maple after the pattern is drawn on the side of the block using the bandsaw, I cut the shape of the skid out discarding the waste then I cut the small center holes to create the skid once that’s done I then slice the block up into 3/8” slices on the bandsaw creating the skids, (the first attempt at the skids, I used soft maple once they were all sliced into 3/8” pieces they warped) so I went to the hard maple, these are a different design then my previous skid designs as I continue to develop my skills, I’m also learning to keep things as easy and simple as possible and still trying to keep them looking attractive, makes for a faster production, sanding is one of them keeping things round without sharp corners makes sanding so much easier, the first sleigh, the Bubinga I believe is the star of the show as it was the most difficult to make and I think that’s due to it’s hardness and it shows when you pick them all up it’s much heavier then the others.
The all measure 15” x 7” x 4” and were finished in a single coat of tung oil and several coats of wipe on poly with a final coat of paste wax.
Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed.
Here they are all grouped together.
And then one showing what they look like from a back side view.
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