Introduction

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.

Step 1

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"

Step 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.

Step 3

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).

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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).

Step 6

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).

Step 7

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).

Step 8

Screw Base of Sleigh to Top

Attach the Base to the Top

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.

Step 9

Add Ribbon Reins

Add Finishing Touches to Santa Sleigh

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.