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Bandsaw Reindeer fun

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Project by Underdog posted 01-13-2021 02:38 AM 2912 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bandsaw Reindeer. About 5 inches high from various woods.
This was a fun project. Fairly quick and easy with gratifying results.

I’ve watched Alex Snodgrass do this every time I go to any woodworking show, and I don’t know how many times on Youtube. Figured it was about time I tried it…

I looked at Matthew Wandel’s pattern, but didn’t want to wake anyone up by printing the pattern, so I sketched one out using elements from Wandel and Snodgrass styles. I’ve cut a few of these now and have more of an idea what I want it to look like. I plan to make an aluminum template so I can just trace it like I do the comfort birds.

Until then, I’m just sketching it quick on the wood. I’m not yet up to Snodgrass 45 second freehand skill level yet. And I’m not keen on cutting off a finger…

Various woods involved here. Paulownia, Ash, Chinaberry, Walnut, Cherry. So far the Chinaberry is my favorite.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA





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#1 posted 01-13-2021 03:41 AM

Excellent job Jim. I have seen Snodgrass do these on Youtube and I am amazed he still has all his fingers.
Do you use a 1/8” blade like he does with the special attachment?
One day I might try this my self.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#2 posted 01-13-2021 04:41 AM

Those are great. I have to try making those one day soon.

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#3 posted 01-13-2021 05:11 AM

very interesting. mystery how you cut those out.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 01-13-2021 05:43 AM

GREAT!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 01-13-2021 08:47 AM

That’s one beaut herd of reindeer.
I’ve watched that video of him doing them and he makes it look so easy

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 01-13-2021 12:25 PM


Excellent job Jim. I have seen Snodgrass do these on Youtube and I am amazed he still has all his fingers.
Do you use a 1/8” blade like he does with the special attachment?
One day I might try this my self.

- Pjonesy

You can do it with a larger blade (1/4 or 3/8), which is what I started with, but I have the 1/8” blade on now, and it’s a LOT easier. I also use the Carter stablizer – the one with the groove in the front and no side guides.

I dulled the 1/8 blade on some wet wood. Apparently a full gullet tends to overheat the thing. Still cuts, just a lot slower with burning now. That Paulownia doesn’t dry out very fast.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#7 posted 01-13-2021 01:19 PM

I also make reindeer but not as nice as yours. I make my toy templates of Masonite though.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#8 posted 01-13-2021 02:48 PM

Very cool!

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#9 posted 01-13-2021 04:50 PM

Ah something else to try. Impressed me with the workmanship and looks lie a fun thing to do. Very nice

-- Ron

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#10 posted 01-13-2021 05:20 PM

Very cool Jim.

Just in time for, errr, Christmas 2021?

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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Underdog

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#11 posted 01-13-2021 09:08 PM



Very cool Jim.

Just in time for, errr, Christmas 2021?

- MikeB_UK

Nah… I’ll stop making Christmas ornaments when it stops being 2020. ;-)

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#12 posted 01-15-2021 04:21 PM

Nicely done Jim. Can you post a copy of your template when it’s done? I really like the form you’ve developed.
John

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#13 posted 11-17-2021 10:47 PM

These are so great under dog. I saw Alex Shardgrass make these but yours are better.

I must try some of these someday.

I have a quality 3/16 blade which I think might work. I don’t like putting smaller blades on my Grizzly.

I found you on Pointdexterdeluxe’s blog about the drum sander give away.

-- James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 11-18-2021 12:20 PM

Here’s a template I’ve been working on. I’m probably going to modify it to leave off the ears in the front view and make a V between the legs because it’s easier to cut.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#15 posted 11-18-2021 03:07 PM

I really like your version and i know they are lotsa fun GREAT JOB :<))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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