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

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Build the Base for the Sleigh

Use the guide to position the rails and attach using glue and 1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws (image 1).

Use the guide for marking the runners (images 2 and 3). Use a jigsaw to cut the runners (image 4). Apply black paint to the runners and allow to dry.

Position the rail/stile assembly five inches from the back end of the runners and attach using glue and 1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws (image 5).

Position the stretchers flush with the inside edge of the stiles and attach using glue and 1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws (image 6).

Create the Top of the Sleigh

Use the guide for marking the sides (images 1 and 2). Use a jigsaw to the cut the sides. Apply red paint to the sides, back and front.

Drill three pocket holes on the ends of the back and front. Position the back flush with the back inside edge of one of the sides and attach using glue and 1-1/4-inch pocket hole screws (image 3).

Position the front flush with the front inside edge of the side and attach using glue and 1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws. Position the other side flush with the edges of the back and front and attach using glue and pocket-hole screws.

Measure the inside dimension of the assembly and adjust the size of the bottom if necessary to match this dimension. Drill three pocket holes on each side of the bottom, spaced equidistantly apart.

Position the bottom flush with the bottom inside edge of the assembly and attach using glue and 1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws.

Adjust the length of the divider if necessary to match the inside dimensions of the assembly. Drill two pocket holes on the ends of the divider. Position the divider 4-1/4 inches from the front and attach to the sides using glue and 1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws (image 4).

Attach the Base to the Top

Position the top assembly upside down on your work surface. Position the base assembly five inches from the front edge of the top assembly and flush with the outside edges of the sides. Attach using glue and 1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws.

Add Finishing Touches

When displaying the reindeer and sleigh, position the reindeer directly in front of the sleigh and wrap lengths of ribbon around the necks of the reindeer. Staple the other end to the inside of the divider.

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