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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 ha...
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 b...
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 c...
Fastening the reindeer's pieces together is simple. Just take a piece of scrap you just cut with a straight edge on it and mark a notch in the wood us...
Cut the notches out as best you can. Remember to error on the tight side. Cutting too much out of the joints will make them loose and wiggly and the r...
Fit the pieces together. Attach the legs and neck to the body and the antlers to the head, then fit the head to the neck. If you've done it correctly ...
Next, knock it back apart for a bit of sanding work. We went to town with Craftsman's VibraFree palm sander to smooth out the rough edges and rid our ...
The sleigh to accompany our reindeer is, well, more of the same. First draw a rough sleigh shape with pencil. Again it's not super-critical to be perf...
Next outline the shape you want in sharpie or something you can see easily (and not mistake for pencil).
Cut the shape out the same as before and try to stay close to your line.
So you don't have to try and re-create the last shape you made, place the piece you just cut out on the wood and trace it in sharpie. This will give y...
To give the sleigh a little depth we added three 8 inch spacers in the middle that form the bottom front and back as well as keep the sides standing s...
Instead of gluing and clamping we shot a few nails in with Craftsman's 12V li-ion Auto Hammer, which drove the nails in with ease and little or no has...
Since our sleigh was a bit short compared to the reindeer, rails were in order. The now-familiar method of pencil, sharpie, cutout applies here as wel...
The last pieces are the supports that will hook the rails to the sleigh. At this point you might be running a bit low on lumber but the good news is t...
Next, surf through your scrap and find a few pieces large enough to cut the remaining three supports out of, and cut them out.
Once the supports are cut out, notch them to fit over the rails like the pieces of the reindeer. This step may take a few times to get right but take ...
Fit the bottom assembly to the sleigh body and fasten the supports to the bottom board. At this point you're ready for finishing.
Finishing your project can be done any number of ways - or not at all. More than anything else your imagination and creativity are the name of the gam...
We're fans of this type of project because it's simple and because it can be taken much further, made less complicated, or scaled up in size. Whatever...
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Posted:Dec 23, 2008
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