The sleigh to accompany our reindeer is, well, more of the same. First draw a rough sleigh shape with pencil. Again it’s not super-critical to be perfect here. You’re just looking to get your idea down on the wood.
Next outline the shape you want in sharpie or something you can see easily (and not mistake for pencil).
Cut the shape out the same as before and try to stay close to your line.
So you don’t have to try and re-create the last shape you made, place the piece you just cut out on the wood and trace it in sharpie. This’ll give you a dead-on match to the last piece. Once you have the new piece traced, cut it out. At this point you have both sides of the sleigh ready to go.
To give the sleigh a little depth we added three 8-inch spacers in the middle that form the bottom, front, and back as well as keep the sides standing straight.
Instead of gluing and clamping, we used Craftsman’s 12V Li-Ion Auto Hammer to shoot a few nails in with ease. We were also happy with the sans-rosebud effect the Auto Hammer provides since the last thing the side of our sleigh needs is battle damage.
Since our sleigh was a bit short compared to the reindeer, rails were in order. The now-familiar method of pencil, sharpie, cutout applies here as well. Size and design is meant to be free and not bogged down by templates and tape measures on this project, so go with whatever personal style strikes your fancy.
The last pieces are the supports that will hook the rails to the sleigh. At this point you might be running a bit low on lumber but the good news is these don’t have to be very large. Draw a piece that looks like it might work and cut one out.
Next, surf through your scrap and find a few pieces large enough to cut the remaining three supports out of, and cut them out.
Once the supports are cut out, notch them to fit over the rails like the pieces of the reindeer. This step may take a few times to get right but take your time and get a snug fit on each support.
Fit the bottom assembly to the sleigh body and fasten the supports to the bottom board. At this point you’re ready for finishing.
Read on to page three for our finishing How-To.