Got Christmas out of the way early, 5 sleds total

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Project by Blackie_ posted 08-30-2013 01:27 PM 8632 views 23 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured 5 bandsawn Santa Sleds one made from Bubinga, two made from Red Cedar and two made from Mahogany, This is what I’ve been busy doing for the past week and a half, since these did so well for me last year, I had only made two so thought I’d be better prepared this year and wanted to get these out of the way early, Maple was used for the skids and the candy cane pulls, walnut as the bench, with the exception of pecan being used on one of the mahogany sleds.

Build All of these were free hand drawn onto the wood before cutting them on the bandsaw so there might be a slight variations in each sleigh but they all came out pretty darn close.

The skids I started these off on a single piece of 15” x 5” x 8 quarter hard maple after the pattern is drawn on the side of the block using the bandsaw, I cut the shape of the skid out discarding the waste then I cut the small center holes to create the skid once that’s done I then slice the block up into 3/8” slices on the bandsaw creating the skids, (the first attempt at the skids, I used soft maple once they were all sliced into 3/8” pieces they warped) so I went to the hard maple, these are a different design then my previous skid designs as I continue to develop my skills, I’m also learning to keep things as easy and simple as possible and still trying to keep them looking attractive, makes for a faster production, sanding is one of them keeping things round without sharp corners makes sanding so much easier, the first sleigh, the Bubinga I believe is the star of the show as it was the most difficult to make and I think that’s due to it’s hardness and it shows when you pick them all up it’s much heavier then the others.

The all measure 15” x 7” x 4” and were finished in a single coat of tung oil and several coats of wipe on poly with a final coat of paste wax.

Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed.

Here they are all grouped together.

And then one showing what they look like from a back side view.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 08-30-2013 01:31 PM

Those came out great buddy.
Smart to do the Christmas stuff now before the season is upon us.
The color contrast between the runners and the sled bodies looks real nice, and the sleds themselves have a sweet pattern run through the grain.
Good job.

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#2 posted 08-30-2013 01:32 PM

Very very cool. Are they for gifts?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 08-30-2013 01:35 PM

Those are great! Somehow they look even better than your original development of that design ( c.f., )—probably the use of Buginba really “popped” the design! Hope sales go well and my only question is: do you think these will be enough to meet demand?

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 08-30-2013 01:36 PM

Thanks Eric and Wayne

Wayne, no these are on the selling block :)

Thanks John haha I sure hope so, I’m doing a show early next month and they will be displayed. :) I’m going to put a more heftier price on these then I did last year.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#5 posted 08-30-2013 01:40 PM

You are one busy guy! Like always Randy your work is nice to see!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 08-30-2013 01:48 PM

Awesome work as always sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 08-30-2013 02:37 PM

Those are really nice and well done. Always great work from you.

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#8 posted 08-30-2013 04:28 PM

I’ll bet the ladies eat these up. Great looking…..............

-- mike...............

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#9 posted 08-30-2013 04:59 PM

Blackie, great job and Merry Christmas! Nothing wrong with a man who plans ahead. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 08-30-2013 05:57 PM

I don’t know 5 people I could make them for…..!!! Beautiful job, and I like the different woods you used…Really brings out the contrast….Hope you make a killing selling these…....Now you need some reindeer to pull ‘em…..!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#11 posted 08-30-2013 07:10 PM

They look so great, amaizing, nice wood, nice colour. I like this sled shape.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 08-30-2013 09:22 PM

Those are lovely bandsaw boxes! Your worksmanship is outstanding!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#13 posted 08-30-2013 09:38 PM

Great looking bunch of deluxe sleighs and there being sleight difference between the will add value as one can tell they are handcrafted and not off a assembly line .
One of the best sleigh designs I have come across .

-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 08-30-2013 10:06 PM

Those are beauties , randy. Real collector pieces for the lucky recipients!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 08-30-2013 11:49 PM

Wow they look great, what a cool idea…awesome sleds Blackie.

-- Dave.......If at first you donā€™t succeed redefine success....

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