Magazine article Sunset

Slot-Togethers

Magazine article Sunset

Slot-Togethers

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Slot-togethers

Ho ho ho, pardner! A cowboy Santa, his faithful donkey, and his better-known team of reindeer impart a Western flavor to the holiday season. Cut from pine 1-by-12s, each figure slips together easily with intersecting cross-lap joints. Disassemble and store them flat the rest of the year.

To make the figures, you'll need neavy construction paper; a saber, jig, or band saw; a drill with a 1/2-inch bit; sandpaper; and wood (about 4 feet of 1-by-12 per figure if you cut all pieces so they run with the grain, less if you cut smaller pieces-- legs, antlers, or arms--across the grain).

Enlarge pattern pieces on construction paper. Outline them on the wood. Be sure to make notches no wider than the wood's thickness (it's better to make them slightly narrower); if they're too big, pieces can wiggle and break, and the figures won't stand up properly. Cut out pieces, drill 1/2-inch holes for eyes, and sand. Sand to widen notches, if necessary.

Finish the figures in any way you like. We left the reindeer natural, but you might prefer to paint or stain the antlers. …

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