Plywood Reindeer

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Introduction: Plywood Reindeer

Intro

How about a big reindeer decoration for Christmas ?

It is 1.8m length and 1.7m heght in 100% scale.

8 feet x 7feet in 126% scale.

You can use both indoor or outdoors.

If you fold it in the barn during the off season, you can use it next year.

Materials

    • Plywood or OSB (Print "patterns" in following scales) ... 2 boards @$10-20

    [100%] t12mm x 900 x 1800 mm

    [100%] t15/32 (≈ 11.91mm ) or 1/2 inch(≈ 12.7mm) x 3 x 6 feet

    [126%] t19/32 inch x 4 x 8 feet (19/32 inch ≈ 15.08mm)

    12mm x 126% = 15.12mm

    [ 67%] t1/2inch x 2 x 4 feet (slit must be adjusted)

    The original pattern size is for t12 × 900 x 1800 mm (About 3 x 6 feet)

    Chose water resistant board for outdoor use and pain properly.

    • Carbon Transfer Paper ... 2 sheets or more @$1 or less
    • Paint (necessary for outdoor use) $10-20/deer
    • Copy Paper (as large as you can print on your printer)

    Total: $30-60 / deer

    Working hours

    Design: 2 weeks (You don't need this if you use patterns below)

    Copy : 1 hour

    Trace : 2~3 hours

    Cut :2~3 hours

    Paint :1 hour

    Total: 6 - 8 hours (exclude design and shopping)

    One day is enough to make. but might be exhausted nice.

    Design is already done for you . Just make it ^_^

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    Supplies:

    • Printer (or use print service for A3 or larger size print)
    • Ruler
    • Jig saw If you use it once a year , this grade is enough.

    I you use more I recommend MAKITA, RYOBI or BOSCH

    Step 1: Print Patterns

    1. Print PDF Pattern files for outline

    • Use Acrobat reader for printout
    • Use " Poster" in print menu. That will automatically print it on multiple pages
    • set scale 100% for 900 x 1800mm board,126% for 4 x 8 feet. 67% for 2 x 4 feet.

    2. Number it for layout.

    3. Draw a 100mm grid ( same size of grid on printed paper) on plywood by pencil softer than B. You can clean it with eraser after cut.

    4. Pin the pattern paper with carbon paper on the grid.

    5. Trace with ballpoint pen .

    Update (Dec/12/2019)

    DXF file added for NC cutting.

    I am happy if you make a lot and give it "free" to your company employee or neighborhood .

    Please pay attention to CC license , especially "Non Commercial" terms.

    Step 2: Cut

    Cut using a jigsaw.

    It doesn't matter if the outer lines are cut slightly out of line. It is a wild animal.

    The most important part is the slit to be combined with other boards.

    Please cut carefully so that the width of 12㎜ slit comes out exactly.

    I think that it is also good to make a jig from the unused part of the board ,and redraw the slit line according to the board width. Especially when using a board other than 12mm.

    Please check clearance when you cut first slit, and adjust. Cut other slits as same as first one.

    Sand the cutting edge # 180-240 with paper before assemble, if you prefer to do.

    Do NOT round cut surface of slit , that make wobble structure. Sand there flat.

    Safety precautions

    The most important thing is not to cut any part of your body.

    There is only one point. Do not take your finger, hand or others in the direction of the blade.

    And watch your children keep safe.

    Be sure to wear goggles. Sometimes jigsaw blades break and fly.

    So you need some spare blade. I used 3 blades for one set.

    And wear mask.


    Tips

    When cutting small parts, it is easier to cut them into rough parts first.

    If the board hangs down and pinches the blade, or if the material is going to break under its own weight, escape from the cutting line and cut off the material.

    Step 3: Assembly and Setting

    Just assemble like puzzle. Pay attention to the orientation of Antlers.

    There is no need to glue.

    If it is too tight, adjust it with a file or sandpaper #80-160.

    File flat as possible for avoid wobble.

    If you set a reindeer on outdoors, take measures to prevent it from falling.

    Use four camping pegs on the ground and tie the legs down them.

    Please paint it with your favorite color. Clear is nice too.

    And add a Outdoor christmas lights .

    Step 4: Postscript

    [3D print version]

    You can get small 3d print version from here
    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3213535

    This is made for verifying design by myself before wood working.

    [3D print sleigh]

    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3926757

    [Plywood sleigh]

    This is just a drawings. I don't have made yet and will not make this year 2019.

    Please try it before me , if you want.

    Two kids or slim adult can ride it ,but can not slide on snow ^_^.

    It was designed seriously, but please try with your own responsibility for strength or other problems. Please check for safety very careful and add metal fittings if needed.

    It is difficult to use trace technic , because slit pitch must be precise than reindeer. For precision cut, you had better to re-measure and redraw the lines with straight ruler after trace.

    Board size is t18 x 1230 x 2440 mm , almost same as 23/32inch ( ≈ 18.26mm) x 4 x 8 feet.

    3 boards ( A layout x1 , B layout x 2)

    First Time Author Contest

    Second Prize in the
    First Time Author Contest

    16 People Made This Project!

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    43 Comments

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    perfo
    perfo

    1 year ago

    Great project.
    May I make a suggestion?
    Instead of transferring the pattern on to the wood, simple stick the paper to the wood with water soluble glue. Cut the shapes out then using water and a stiff brush wash off the paper. If you are going to paint it anyway then maybe you don't even need to remove the paper ?

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    shinkdifferent
    shinkdifferent

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you. It is nice idea " stick and wash " .
    If it is a plywood for outdoor use, it will be no problem if it is quickly wiped and dry after washing (May be ).

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    perfo
    perfo

    Reply 1 year ago

    Another type of glue I've just remembered is mounting glue
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/SprayMount-YP208060506-Adhesive-Spray-Transparent/dp/B000J68HBO/ref=asc_df_B000J68HBO/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=262024380476&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7814422438779741391&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=20343&hvtargid=pla-436109169041&psc=1

    The above is an amazon link to it. Basically you can get glue that would hold your pattern to the ply nice and firmly but the patter can be pealed off afterwards. I've got some so I'll give it a bash when my ply turns up..

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    Verga
    Verga

    Reply 5 months ago

    I am a high school shop teacher and a trick that I use is to glue the patterns to inexpensive underlayment and then cut those out. This creates a template that you can use over and over. I figured out pretty quickly that if I make one of something sometime down the road someone is going to want me to make one for them or a student wants to make one. Rather than go to the expense of making another paper copy or spending time drawing it out, I just grab the template and go.

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    shinkdifferent
    shinkdifferent

    Reply 5 months ago

    It is a nice idea for mass production :-)
    Please make your town a raindeer town!
    I think it's very valuable to show the students that the teacher moves his hands and makes something for himself.
    People who can make something will change the world better, right?

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    gwilki
    gwilki

    6 months ago on Step 4

    I downloaded your .dxf file, and used it to make a small reindeer from 1/4" MDF. I cut it out on my CNC. I am a hobbyist and any that I make will not be for sale.
    After resizing your components so that I could cut it all out of a 24" x 24" panel, I resized all the slots to match the thickness of my material.
    It worked great! Thank you very much for posting this. I will,of course, credit you with the design when I post my reindeer on the CNC forum.

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    shinkdifferent
    shinkdifferent

    Reply 6 months ago

    Thank you for informing me and I am glad to hear it.
    And wow, you have your own cnc that can cut 24inch.

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    gwilki
    gwilki

    Reply 6 months ago

    I'm glad you saw this. Here is a link to the post that I just put onto the CNC website that I am a member of.

    https://forum.sienci.com/t/reindeer-games-slot-ani...

    I've just finished a .dxf of your sled, too. It will be much smaller than your's, but uses your design.

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    Mallaround
    Mallaround

    10 months ago

    This is great!!!!! I have wanted to do this as I have seen some in yards. I am 68 years old and have never used a jig saw before. I want to make two. I want one male and one female. I will just leave off the antlers and not put the ruffle down by her throat. I can't wait to do the sled as well. Thank you so much for all the information and the instructions and photos!!!!!!!

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    shinkdifferent
    shinkdifferent

    Reply 9 months ago

    Thank you for warm comment. I made first long round cut for this too. Don't afraid but don't forget to wear protective equipment especially goggles.
    I really looking forward to see the photos of that you made one.
    And I googled now and see that, female reindeer has antlers too . and male antlers drops in winter season. wow : )

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    Skkear
    Skkear

    1 year ago

    Love this reindeer and would like to try it. I am having trouble printing the tile or poster format on apple products (Abobe Acrobat doesn’t give the tile size options for iPhone/iPad). Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    shinkdifferent
    shinkdifferent

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you .
    Excel can be used for muli page print for large photo . Just paste and print . Print one page first and adjust scale please .
    If you done , please take a picture and
    show me.

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    blakeflorin
    blakeflorin

    1 year ago

    A DFX or SVG of the original file would be a great addition! The included PDF was way too many line points to be usable in any design software I've tried.

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    shinkdifferent
    shinkdifferent

    Reply 1 year ago

    Excuse me . What do you want to do with DXF files?
    This design is open on CC license for Non-commercial use.
    Very few people can use NC routers(I think). That is why I did not upload DXF.
    If you are thinking about mass production and sales, I'm sorry but I can't give you DXF.
    If not, please send me a message directly, introducing yourself, what you are trying to do, and your email address.
    If I understand that you can personally use an NC router etc., I will gladly give you DXF.
    I'm not good at English so I'm sorry if it's a strict expression.

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    perfo
    perfo

    Reply 1 year ago

    I would really like to have a dxf file as well, please.
    I have access to an A0 plotter and I have CAD software. I haven't got photoshop and can't get the PDF thing to print properly and at the right size.
    If I had a DXF then it would be simplicity to print it. I can assure you I have no intention of doing anything other than building one for myself..
    Thanks you

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    shinkdifferent
    shinkdifferent

    Reply 1 year ago

    I uploaded DXF.
    Please use free for Non commercial use.

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    perfo
    perfo

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks, I'll get it printed and order some Ply.....

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    blakeflorin
    blakeflorin

    Reply 1 year ago

    DXF... :)

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    shinkdifferent
    shinkdifferent

    Reply 1 year ago

    I changed my mind so I uploaded DXF.
    Please use free for Non commercial use.

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    sue.priestly
    sue.priestly

    1 year ago

    I voted for you, good luck