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Thread: Bandsaw Santa sleigh..PROJECT COMPLETE!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada

    Bandsaw Santa sleigh..PROJECT COMPLETE!

    Well i had to switch projects today as SWMBO was getting nervous that her order would not be completed before its due date.

    So this woodworker became an elf in Santas workshop and went at it cutting out the inner for a list of 12 Sleighs to go to all the people that got a Reindeer last year.

    Last year everyone that received a reindeer asked where the sleigh was so warning if you make band-saw reindeer be ready for the question.

    Here is my work in progress shots, this is the inner piece made from African mahogany simply because its what i had on hand that was thick enough without gluing up slabs.

    This is my outer piece shape in pattern form.

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    The inner piece i cut today

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    The dozen cut
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    This is the Santa that is destined to go in them test fit. Sides are just samples of thick cherry scraps i had on hand. Real pieces will be thinner and hopefully be mahogany if i have enough.

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    Runner patter still to be mounted on Masonite and cut out then will cut from maple and re-saw.
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    And i vouch for that Carter thin blade band saw guide it really helps with this kind of cutting. Bill i owe you one for recommending it.

    More to come as i progress,

    Not that happy with the shape but at this stage it is what it is. Wanted to make it longer and put some sweets in the back behind Santa but did not have enough wood for them all to be another inch longer.

    Got in mind to try finish them with spray on finish water based EM6000 lacquer by target.
    Last edited by Rob Keeble; 12-28-2014 at 08:42 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    a little sanding and finish they look good from here.
    everyone is going to love them.
    where do you spray in this cold weather?
    Human Test Dummy

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Critique: I'd resaw the side pieces to half their current thickness. It'll make the sleigh look less bulky.

    Regarding finish: The EM6000 will work very well. Shoot two coats, sand with 220/320 when dry, then shoot a couple mote coats. They'll look great.
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Allen its going to be indoors with water based finish and small gun but home made plastic shelter in basement made do shop.

    Jim you right thats not the correct thickness wood, just test of the patter on scraps had on hand. Way too thick but its what i had to show it. Personally i dont like it. Its to much like a piece of dough thats flopped on a board. But I am only an Elf and so take da orders and make the goods.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    Very nice, Is that your pattern? And who makes all the Santas?
    "We the People ......"

  6. #6
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Get going Santa's Helper! Looks good!
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Are you sure your not mass producing some elaborate krenov plane? Nice work Mr. Elf

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Cool! Looking forward to seeing the finished product.
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  9. #9
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    Nov 2012
    Wapakoneta, OH
    That really is cool...

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    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    These will surely s̶l̶e̶i̶g̶h̶ slay the recipients!
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

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