My version of a "" reindeer

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Project by Mark Shymanski posted 02-11-2012 05:15 AM 4732 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We’ve probably all seen that guy zip off a reindeer on a band saw…well I finally have a band saw and I bought a1/4 inch blade just so I could try it too. In a post on here someone gave the link to so I followed the link and lo and behold there was a pattern and a method for cutting out a reindeer (in a band saw sense not a herding sense:-). Work has been pretty intense this last while so even though it was a bit chilly in the shop I really needed some shop/sanity time, it was too cold to fiddle putting my newly sharpened jointer blades in so I thought I’d give the ‘deer a whirl. I used a piece of cedar fence post that has been hanging around the shop. It went pretty smoothly even though I didn’t have the procedure to follow, just the picture. The fellow from the web site used glue and nails and stuff and probably gets….definitely gets better results but I had some fun and learned a bit about my band saw. I even stopped part way through and set up my bearings better on my saw. The last picture is of the shop thermometer….after having the heat on for several hours. I think it’s pushing -30s out there which is a real change from the record high temperatures we’ve been getting for most of the winter. Thanks for looking and check out the fellow’s web site, its pretty cool.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 02-11-2012 05:34 AM

Mark: Cool cuts. My son got one at a wood show that was cut as a demonstration. It didn’t last until we got home.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 02-11-2012 06:01 AM

looks good Mark.And if you wanted to you could take a knife or dremmel and knock the corners off and add more details. Yea I’ve seen that guys youtube video and even at the woodworking shows. Zips it out in about 30 seconds. Looks like he’s cutting unbelievable tight radius’s. I just changed to a 1/8” blade and still can’t get as quick a turn as I’d like. I’ll definitely check out his web site. Thanks for posting that.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#3 posted 02-11-2012 10:37 AM

You did a really good job on this, especially considering you are using a 1/4” blade. You can get BS blades as small as 1/16” for doing detail cutting.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 02-11-2012 11:01 AM

I took a number of wooden items to my wife’s local Christmas Market to add to her sales tables, but my bowls, bandsaw boxes, etc., certainly took second place to these reindeer – there seems to be something about their shape that really appeals to people. I used some red round-headed map pins for noses, and smaller black ones for eyes, to create ‘Rudolphs’ and could probably have sold many more. So next year . . . . . . . .

BTW – I loved the cutting out reference Ho! Ho! Ho!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#5 posted 02-11-2012 08:19 PM

I do want to round it off a bit and the idea about the pins is a good one, I’ll have to look around for a 1/8th blade…now that I know they are out there. Thank you for the comments!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 02-12-2012 05:24 AM

I think you did a good job on that reindeer. As far as speed goes you have to remember that guy at the shows has cuts hundreds if not thousands of those. I’ll be he’s dam tired of cutting those deer.

-30 lucky you, I just went through 30 some days of -5 as a high and -20 as a low, I don’t envy you.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#7 posted 02-12-2012 12:55 PM

It looks really nice; congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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