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Forum topic by interpim posted 11-09-2010 02:25 AM 9650 views 2 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2010 02:25 AM

Well, it’s that time of year… or at least it’s getting close.

My Mother is a big fan of the toy soldier nutcrackers, and has been collecting them for years. The ones she gets are most likely made in China or some other far off foreign land, and from what I can tell seem to be fairly simple.

I want to make one of these for my mother this year, and ran across an article in FWW that I think is going to get me started in the right direction.

Has anyone here used this plan before, and if so are there any pointers or tips you could offer to make the assembly/creation of this toy soldier go better for me?

Here is the article on google docs.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 11-09-2010 03:04 AM

Wow. That is a pretty impressive build. It would take me quite a while to make one of these, but if it were for my mother it would be worth it.

I can’t offer any suggestions I just wanted to wish you the best of luck with it.

Let us know how it goes.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 05:20 AM

Well… i turned my first one out today, I made it half the size as the one in the article, and I still need to do some sanding then the paint, but I am quite pleased with the results so far. What do you think?

-- San Diego, CA

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 09:19 PM

Very nice looking. Can’t wait to see how it turns out after painting it.

-- Steve

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#4 posted 11-10-2010 11:26 PM

Very cool!

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#5 posted 12-05-2011 06:27 PM

I made two nine foot tall nutcrackers out of plywood, pvc pipe, wood and styrofoam. you can see them here

not a wood turning project, but they came out nice

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#6 posted 12-07-2017 11:29 PM

Thank you so much for posting this. I have been looking for a set of plans for a detailed, good looking wooden nutcracker of this approximate size, and this one fits the bill perfectly.

-- Dan B. , Missouri

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#7 posted 12-08-2017 12:23 AM

Hi seems you are on the right track with making nut crackers. I really have enjoyed making a bunch of them in different themes. If you would like go to MY PROJECTS to see some of my ideas. Most of these are appx. 24” tall. Made for my kids and some friends.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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