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Rudolph the Wooden Reindeer

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How to Build a Wooden Reindeer

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    The stencil is A1 size, so if you have an A4 printer it will need to be printed as separate A4 pages. To do this, select the ‘tile’ option in the print dialogue menu before you print. Your printer will then print out the stencil as 8 separate A4 pages. Alternatively, you can take the stencil file to a local printing shop.

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    Using masking tape, stick the separate A4 sheets together.

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    With a sharp knife, cut out the template elements.

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    Stick all elements to the plywood with masking tape to ensure they stay in place.

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    Carefully draw around all elements of the template. These will be your cutter lines.

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    Mark the center of the eye with your spade bit. You will use this later in the project when drilling the hole for the eye.

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    Your plywood is now marked. Insert a timber cutting blade into your jigsaw.

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    Carefully cut around the template.

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    You now have all of the separate reindeer stencil parts. Get ready to finish and assemble.

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    Use a sander to smooth the edges for a nice finished look.

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    Cut out a hole for the eye using your drill and a spade bit.

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    Start to assemble the body of the reindeer. Make sure you use the wider legs as the back legs. These will add extra stability.

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    Get creative – paint or varnish your reindeer as you wish. You may want to use waterproof paint if you’re planning to let this reindeer stay in your snowy garden.

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    Apply wood glue to attach the antlers and slot them into place. Make sure the glue is completely dry. Follow pack instructions.

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    You can now add any other decorations to it as you wish.

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