Plywood Reindeer

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Introduction: Plywood Reindeer

Intro

How about a big reindeer decoration for Christmas ?

It is 1.8m length and 1.7m heght in 100% scale.

8 feet x 7feet in 126% scale.

You can use both indoor or outdoors.

If you fold it in the barn during the off season, you can use it next year.

Materials


  • Plywood or OSB (Print "patterns" in following scales) ... 2 boards @$10-20

[100%] t12mm x 900 x 1800 mm

[100%] t15/32 (≈ 11.91mm ) or 1/2 inch(≈ 12.7mm) x 3 x 6 feet

[126%] t19/32 inch x 4 x 8 feet (19/32 inch ≈ 15.08mm)

12mm x 126% = 15.12mm

[ 67%] t1/2inch x 2 x 4 feet (slit must be adjusted)

The original pattern size is for t12 × 900 x 1800 mm (About 3 x 6 feet)

Chose water resistant board for outdoor use and pain properly.

  • Carbon Transfer Paper ... 2 sheets or more @$1 or less
  • Paint (necessary for outdoor use) $10-20/deer
  • Copy Paper (as large as you can print on your printer)

Total: $30-60 / deer

Working hours

Design: 2 weeks (You don't need this if you use patterns below)

Copy : 1 hour

Trace : 2~3 hours

Cut :2~3 hours

Paint :1 hour

Total: 6 - 8 hours (exclude design and shopping)

One day is enough to make. but might be exhausted nice.

Design is already done for you . Just make it ^_^

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Buy complete model (Japan only)

If you are in Japan,can buy completed products from here.

https://ouut.base.shop/

Supplies

  • Printer (or use print service for A3 or larger size print)
  • Ruler (Amazon)(eBay)
  • Jigsaw (Amazon)(eBay) I recommend corded virsion.Because you can use it when you want. Battery needs charge first, if you do not use it every month.
  • Jigsaw blades (Amazon)(eBay)
  • Handsaw ZETTO(Amazon)GOGICHO Razor(Amazon)KAKURI(Amazon) For more precision straight cut. Most popular pull saw in Japan is ZETTO Saw. If you try pull type Japanese saw, please try ZETTO ,Gyokucho , KAKURI or , SILKY. I can recommend these 4 as Japanese genuine branded products. I can not find RUITOOL , SUIZAN , KERYE in Japan (^^;)
  • Safety goggles (Amazon)(eBay)
  • Safety masks (Amazon)(eBay)
  • Sandpaper (Amazon)(eBay) #80,#150,#240

Step 1: Print Patterns

1. Print PDF Pattern files for outline

  • Use Acrobat reader for printout
  • Use " Poster" in print menu. That will automatically print it on multiple pages
  • set scale 100% for 900 x 1800mm board,126% for 4 x 8 feet. 67% for 2 x 4 feet.

2. Number it for layout.

3. Draw a 100mm grid ( same size of grid on printed paper) on plywood by pencil softer than B. You can clean it with eraser after cut.

4. Pin the pattern paper with carbon paper on the grid.

5. Trace with ballpoint pen .

Update (Dec/12/2019)

DXF file added for NC cutting.

I am happy if you make a lot and give it "free" to your company employee or neighborhood .

Please pay attention to CC license , especially "Non Commercial" terms.

Step 2: Cut

Cut using a jigsaw.

It doesn't matter if the outer lines are cut slightly out of line. It is a wild animal.

The most important part is the slit to be combined with other boards.

Please cut carefully so that the width of 12㎜ slit comes out exactly.

I think that it is also good to make a jig from the unused part of the board ,and redraw the slit line according to the board width. Especially when using a board other than 12mm.

Please check clearance when you cut first slit, and adjust. Cut other slits as same as first one.

Sand the cutting edge # 180-240 with paper before assemble, if you prefer to do.

Do NOT round cut surface of slit , that make wobble structure. Sand there flat.

Safety precautions

The most important thing is not to cut any part of your body.

There is only one point. Do not take your finger, hand or others in the direction of the blade.

And watch your children keep safe.

Be sure to wear goggles. Sometimes jigsaw blades break and fly.

So you need some spare blade. I used 3 blades for one set.

And wear mask.


Tips

When cutting small parts, it is easier to cut them into rough parts first.

If the board hangs down and pinches the blade, or if the material is going to break under its own weight, escape from the cutting line and cut off the material.

Step 3: Assembly and Setting

Just assemble like puzzle. Pay attention to the orientation of Antlers.

There is no need to glue.

If it is too tight, adjust it with a file or sandpaper #80-160.

File flat as possible for avoid wobble.

If you set a reindeer on outdoors, take measures to prevent it from falling.

Use four camping pegs on the ground and tie the legs down them.

Please paint it with your favorite color. Clear is nice too.

And add a Outdoor christmas lights (Amazon)(Aliexpress)

Step 4: Postscript

[3D print version]

You can get small 3d print version from here
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3213535

This is made for verifying design by myself before wood working.

[3D print sleigh]

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3926757

[Plywood sleigh]

This is just a drawings. I don't have made yet and will not make this year 2019.

Please try it before me , if you want.

Two kids or slim adult can ride it ,but can not slide on snow ^_^.

It was designed seriously, but please try with your own responsibility for strength or other problems. Please check for safety very careful and add metal fittings if needed.

It is difficult to use trace technic , because slit pitch must be precise than reindeer. For precision cut, you had better to re-measure and redraw the lines with straight ruler after trace.

Board size is t18 x 1230 x 2440 mm , almost same as 23/32inch ( ≈ 18.26mm) x 4 x 8 feet.

3 boards ( A layout x1 , B layout x 2)

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51 Comments

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Astrajosh63
Astrajosh63

Question 7 days ago

Hi shink,

Great reindeer hats off to you.

I had the reindeer made on a cnc router a few years ago and display it outside my house and people love it. I was wondering if you had the dxf file for the sleigh?

For people not able to see the pdf files it because your most likely viewing this in mobile mode switch to desktop mode and you'll see the pdf's or dxf files.

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Slaven
Slaven

Question 6 weeks ago

Hello, where can I get PDF for this perfect decoration? Best regards from Croatia

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shinkdifferent
shinkdifferent

Reply 5 weeks ago

Hi. You can find it in my instruction step1 and step 4. ^_^

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Nath
Nath

Question 1 year ago

Bonjour,
je n'arrive pas à imprimer toutes les pages des planches mais seulement 1 ... Pourquoi et comment puis-je faire svp

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Autumn1969
Autumn1969

1 year ago on Introduction

Hi... l don't have a cnc machine. I dont know how they even work. I am looking for a file that l can print a whole bunch of papers that will make the required patterns. Then l wanted to trace them on the wood.

Is there any chance of that happening? I was hoping to make this for the kids in the apartment building to enjoy. I wanted to add it to the decorations that l am putting out on December 1st.

Can anyone help me figure out this?

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shinkdifferent
shinkdifferent

Reply 1 year ago

Hi. This is the instructables for who don't have cnc. And I made this without it , but with jigsaw.
All you want is here. You can download PDF free too.
Please read again all instruction, and "made it" comment.

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Autumn1969
Autumn1969

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you for your response l realy appreciated it.

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perfo
perfo

3 years ago

Great project.
May I make a suggestion?
Instead of transferring the pattern on to the wood, simple stick the paper to the wood with water soluble glue. Cut the shapes out then using water and a stiff brush wash off the paper. If you are going to paint it anyway then maybe you don't even need to remove the paper ?

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shinkdifferent
shinkdifferent

Reply 2 years ago

Thank you. It is nice idea " stick and wash " .
If it is a plywood for outdoor use, it will be no problem if it is quickly wiped and dry after washing (May be ).

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perfo
perfo

Reply 2 years ago

Another type of glue I've just remembered is mounting glue
https://www.amazon.co.uk/SprayMount-YP208060506-Adhesive-Spray-Transparent/dp/B000J68HBO/ref=asc_df_B000J68HBO/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=262024380476&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7814422438779741391&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=20343&hvtargid=pla-436109169041&psc=1

The above is an amazon link to it. Basically you can get glue that would hold your pattern to the ply nice and firmly but the patter can be pealed off afterwards. I've got some so I'll give it a bash when my ply turns up..

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Verga
Verga

Reply 2 years ago

I am a high school shop teacher and a trick that I use is to glue the patterns to inexpensive underlayment and then cut those out. This creates a template that you can use over and over. I figured out pretty quickly that if I make one of something sometime down the road someone is going to want me to make one for them or a student wants to make one. Rather than go to the expense of making another paper copy or spending time drawing it out, I just grab the template and go.

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shinkdifferent
shinkdifferent

Reply 2 years ago

It is a nice idea for mass production :-)
Please make your town a raindeer town!
I think it's very valuable to show the students that the teacher moves his hands and makes something for himself.
People who can make something will change the world better, right?

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gwilki
gwilki

2 years ago on Step 4

I downloaded your .dxf file, and used it to make a small reindeer from 1/4" MDF. I cut it out on my CNC. I am a hobbyist and any that I make will not be for sale.
After resizing your components so that I could cut it all out of a 24" x 24" panel, I resized all the slots to match the thickness of my material.
It worked great! Thank you very much for posting this. I will,of course, credit you with the design when I post my reindeer on the CNC forum.

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shinkdifferent
shinkdifferent

Reply 2 years ago

Thank you for informing me and I am glad to hear it.
And wow, you have your own cnc that can cut 24inch.

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gwilki
gwilki

Reply 2 years ago

I'm glad you saw this. Here is a link to the post that I just put onto the CNC website that I am a member of.

https://forum.sienci.com/t/reindeer-games-slot-ani...

I've just finished a .dxf of your sled, too. It will be much smaller than your's, but uses your design.

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Mallaround
Mallaround

2 years ago

This is great!!!!! I have wanted to do this as I have seen some in yards. I am 68 years old and have never used a jig saw before. I want to make two. I want one male and one female. I will just leave off the antlers and not put the ruffle down by her throat. I can't wait to do the sled as well. Thank you so much for all the information and the instructions and photos!!!!!!!

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shinkdifferent
shinkdifferent

Reply 2 years ago

Thank you for warm comment. I made first long round cut for this too. Don't afraid but don't forget to wear protective equipment especially goggles.
I really looking forward to see the photos of that you made one.
And I googled now and see that, female reindeer has antlers too . and male antlers drops in winter season. wow : )

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Skkear
Skkear

2 years ago

Love this reindeer and would like to try it. I am having trouble printing the tile or poster format on apple products (Abobe Acrobat doesn’t give the tile size options for iPhone/iPad). Does anyone have any suggestions?

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shinkdifferent
shinkdifferent

Reply 2 years ago

Thank you .
Excel can be used for muli page print for large photo . Just paste and print . Print one page first and adjust scale please .
If you done , please take a picture and
show me.