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Post-Haste Project: How to Make Wooden Christmas Reindeer

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Wondering how to make a wooden reindeer so you can give them out as gifts or decorate your mantle? It’s easy! Grab a 2×4, trace the wooden reindeer pattern we provide and get started making reindeer. A warning; when people see these reindeer they’re going to love them, so be ready to make an entire herd.

How to make Wooden Reindeer

Here’s what you need to do to get going on this woodworking project. First, print out our wooden reindeer pattern. It’s full size, so don’t do any enlarging or reducing of the pattern. If you’re going to make a lot of reindeer, transfer the pattern to a wooden template so it can tolerate lots of tracing. Set up a 3/16”, 10 TPI blade in the bandsaw. Trace the pattern onto a 2×4, make one cut, tape the parts back together, and make the second cut. A little sanding, and your reindeer is ready.

Bandsaw Techniques

The reindeer is made using compound cuts on the bandsaw. Compound cutting is a great way to produce three dimensional items, and the bandsaw is the perfect tool for this. The bandsaw is a very versatile tool, so be sure to check out all the great articles and instructional videos on how to use a bandsaw that WoodWorkers Guild of America provides.

Have fun making this great project!