WoodGears Reindeer

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Project by woodcox posted 249 days ago 863 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These reindeer are downloadable from I used maple and cherry scraps. I need better blades or scroll saw because the little one in cherry has ripples from the blade. I used Mathius’s bandsaw plan scaled down a bit for the larger two. They are cut from maple flooring samples and the grain is going the wrong way. I believe grain should be vertical as the small portions are brittle. Used wire between the antlers for hanging and needles for noses. Added a little wood burning for some detail. My wife asked how many scraps I have left. I think that means I’ll have a herd of these before I’m done:)

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#1 posted 249 days ago

Great job on your deer.
Woodgears has come great stuff.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#2 posted 249 days ago

Actually, this makes a very nice Christmas decoration. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#3 posted 249 days ago

Thank you. I’ve been thinking of scaling up the file to make some big ones too.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#4 posted 249 days ago

Besides the 3D versions created each time, the side sections (shown with red spots in the picture below) can be very carefully ‘resawn’ parallel to their flat sides on the bandsaw to create ‘2D’ versions – which are ideal for hanging on a Christmas tree.

If the initial block is a little wider than absolutely necessary, I have been able to two – or even three – 2D versions from each side – see below:

BTW, I used red map marker pins for noses, and sewing pins with black ball heads for eyes. The 3D versions sold best when red ribbon bows were added.

Here’s the link to Woodgears item:

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#5 posted 249 days ago

THese are awesome and as you have probably discovered addictive! I made a few hundred of these myself and have none left over for myself!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#6 posted 248 days ago

I watched a guy cut one of these out at the woodworking show once. Very interesting sequence of cuts!! I like ‘em a lot!! Nice project!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 248 days ago


Thanks for sharing.


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#8 posted 248 days ago

Those are extraordinary set of band saw reindeer! Nicely done.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#9 posted 247 days ago

Update. 14 1/2” tall. 6 1/2” long is as deep as I can resaw. 2 1/2” at his chest. Cut from a Douglas fir 4×8 beam.
I do like my carter 1/4” blade.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#10 posted 245 days ago

Cute and adorable reindeers! Like the grains and finish. They make great Christmas ornaments. Well done!

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#11 posted 243 days ago

G’Day ’’woodcox’’,
Thank you heaps for the source of this top project….you surely have made one beaut looking mob of reindeer..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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