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How-To: Build a Holiday Reindeer and Sleigh For $15

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Many of the suggested holiday wood projects we see on project sites take on a Julia Childs approach to design - you know, using materials you don't have, tools you can't afford, and plans you couldn't draw up even if you were a rocket scientist. So to combat this effect we put together a reindeer and accompanying sleigh that you can assemble with few simple tools and under $15 worth of lumber - in under a day.

Note: As this is a Craftsman-sponsored project, you'll notice a number of Craftsman tools in the photos. But here's a secret: we already owned 'em all. You can, of course, attack this project with tools of your choice.

The complete list of materials consists of two 1x12x6' pieces of pine, a few nails, and two optional cans of paint.

5 in. Vibrafree Random Orbit Sander Craftsman
Nextec 12V Hammerhead Auto-Hammer Craftsman
Drill, Multi-Saw and Worklight Combo Craftsman
 
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Step 1: Sketch Out A Few Reindeer Parts

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First you'll need to sketch out a few reindeer parts. This isn't an exact science here and is a great place to have some fun designing your deer. It basically will consist of six parts: the front and back leg pieces, a body, a neck, a head, and a set of antlers. Remember: your drawings don't need to be perfect. And don't worry about messing up. Just roughly sketch parts similar to what you see here in pencil. When you're happy with your pieces go ahead and trace over them with a sharpie.

Step 2: Cut Out The Pieces

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Now it's time to cut out the pieces. We grabbed Craftsman's Li-Ion Mutli-Saw which acts just like a regular jigsaw (except it's a bunch smaller) and cut along the black lines to free our new pieces up. Slower cutting will actually help you stay in inside the lines and will and save you a bit of time trimming the fat later on.
layasera1 year ago
For a cheaper price, used cardboard boxes, strengthen them by sticking two boards and cutting the patterns shown here. What a great idea for Christmas decors bigger or smaller. Thanks for the patterns! :)
michgrun4 years ago
Very nice project and easy to follow instructions. Thanks.
sgsidekick5 years ago
Love knock-down furniture and decorations. Nice job! The best part is that packing them for next year they take up very little space!
Good point. Storing holiday decorations is usually a pain - this makes sense.
Love the Julia Child reference; Great job - and someone who wanted to could even make it fancier, but it's accessible to 'most everyone as a start!
LinuxH4x0r5 years ago
Nice! Could probably be done for even cheaper considering home depot's 51c pile :)
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