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How to Build an Outdoor Santa Sleigh with Reindeer (page 1 of 2)

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

We filled our sleigh with gift boxes. Be sure to use Mylar wrapping paper because it will stand up better to wet weather.

This project uses pocket-hole joinery in some steps. If you're not familiar with it, take a look at the basics.

Project Cut List

All the pieces are cut from 3/4-inch plywood. Click on the Materials and Tools tab to see the exact list of requirements.

Reindeer (double the pieces for the set)
For the body – two at 3/4" x 12-1/2" x 32"
For the antlers – four at 3/4" x 5" x 12"
For the ears – four at 3/4" x 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"
For the stretchers – two at 3/4" x 1-1/2" x 16"

Sleigh
For the stiles – four at 3/4" x 2-1/2" x 11"
For the rails – two at 3/4" x 2-1/2" x 11-½"
For the runners – two at 3/4" x 5-1/2" x 36"
For the stretchers – two at 3/4" x 1-1/2" x 16"
For the sides – two at 3/4" x 10-3/4" x 26-5/8"
For the back – one at 3/4" x 10-3/4" x 17-1/2"
For the front – one at 3/4" x 3-1/4" x 17-1/2"
For the bottom – one at 3/4" x 17-1/2" x 25-1/8"
For the divider – one at 3/4" x 5" x 17-1/2"

Create the Reindeer Body

Use the guide for marking the reindeer body (images 1 and 2). You will create two. Cut out the body using a jigsaw (image 3). Apply light brown paint to the body and allow to dry.

Make the Antlers and Ears

Use the guide for marking the antlers (images 1 and 2). You will create four. Cut out the antlers using a jigsaw (image 3).

Use the guide for marking the ears (images 4 and 5). You will create four. Cut out the ears using a band saw.

Apply light brown paint to the ears and dark brown paint to the antlers (image 6).

Assemble the Reindeer

Use the guide for positioning the ears and antlers and painting details (image 1). Attach the antlers and ears to the body using glue and galvanized brads (image 2). Attach the stiles to the reindeer to create one assembly made from two reindeer.

Cut Stiles and Rails for the Sleigh

Use the guide for cutting the stiles to shape (image 1). Drill pocket holes (image 2).

Use the guide for cutting the rails to shape and as a guide for drilling pocket holes (image 3).

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