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    Reindeer Herd

    This will be my first post showing off some of my finished work and while they are not fine woodworking they are made of wood. 2x4's to be exact. I found the pattern on another ww'ing site so the design is not my own. However, I did add the tail to the design so I feel like I improved on the design.
    I had found the template around this time last year and had shown them to LOML and she fell in love with them. So this year I started by making four of them for our family (1-large, 1-Medium, and 2-Small's). After I was done with those she asked how long it would take to make 30.
    Always looking for an excuse to go make some sawdust, I said let's see and I got to work. Unfortunately I only made it halfway there as my back starting killing me from all of the standing at the bandsaw. There are 19 in total and will be given as Christmas presents this year to several family members. The smallest is 7 5/8" tall and the tallest is 11 1/4" tall. The tallest is actually made out of 2 2x6's glued face to face for a 3" thickness.

    All were sanded, and then sanded and then sanded some more, up to 220, and then stained with one coat of Minwax Provincial stain and finally finished with two coats of Minwax Semi-Gloss Polyurethane that I sprayed on using my HVLP gun. I am pleased with the overall results of the reindeer and the finish as this was the first time that I had actually used the gun.

    Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    P.S.- I read the site almost everyday and am constantly in awe of the work you guys put out. Thanks for all of the advice that you guys give out without knowing it.


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    Those look pretty cool. I assume they are only meant for display? Looks like with a little tweaking, size increase, they could be made into children's chairs.

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    It sure looks like you enjoyed making sawdust! They came out great! The added tail is a good improvement for the design.
    Don Bullock
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    Someone's been busy! LOL Very nice work! I also like the tail and how you did it, too. Very nice, indeed!
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    Pretty fancy 2x4s! The Borg would be impressed!

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    Jim

    Great job on the herd.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Williams View Post
    I had found the template around this time last year and had shown them to LOML and she fell in love with them. So this year I started by making four of them for our family (1-large, 1-Medium, and 2-Small's). After I was done with those she asked how long it would take to make 30.
    See what happens when You do something your LOML approves of?. Very nicely done.

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    How about sharing that template

    JC

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    Very cool indeed.

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    Wonderful work and I second the vote to share the template or the link to where you found it.
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    one Hans Wegner, the money is very well spent." - Ole Gjerlov-Knudsen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jared Cuneo View Post
    How about sharing that template

    JC
    By popular request I give you the template that I used. This one is sized for the small one and I just took this to the copier and enlarged it for the other two sizes. The numbers by the templates are the order of the cuts. The person that originally posted the template had used 2x4's and 2x6's so that is what I did. Turns out to be pretty cheap materials that way. These would also look good out of some of the other exotic woods I see you guys use but would drive the cost up. Good luck!


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    Nice herd.



    grandma got ran over.................

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    dan
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    Thanks for posting the template! Here's another:
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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 12-12-2007 at 5:49 PM.
    "The Danish government believes that if we train 5,000 designers, and produce
    one Hans Wegner, the money is very well spent." - Ole Gjerlov-Knudsen

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    Thanks Jimmy I made a few and my wife just loves them
    Last edited by "Michael Hinkel"; 12-16-2007 at 2:09 PM.

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    Template Question

    Glenn:

    What size stock do you typically use with this template? Thanks.

    Steve

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