Here is a link to the post that I made back around Christmas 2015 regarding the making of these reindeer. http://www.routerforums.com/wood-scr...ce-august.html
In it you will find pictures showing the clamp that I use (compound or 3D cutting requires a clamp), sitting on my DeWalt saw, and a post to this thread showing a full 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of the reindeer patterns. The smaller reindeer are just re-sized versions of this same pattern. It's not an original, but one that I downloaded from Mathias Wandel's Woodworking for engineers
website and cleaned up a little. If you are interested in making these, please read that whole post. Then, if you have any further questions I will be happy to answer them.
It would be great if I could get more woodworkers interested in spreading the Christmas Spirit by making and giving away the reindeer like I do. This coming Christmas 2016 will be my seventh year doing this. Many of the restaurants and businesses that I frequent in my area have put the ones that I have given to sales people and waitresses on display, usually on a high shelf so they can be seen year round. I always tell the recipients that "reindeer can fly, so "don't leave him laying around in public, or he might fly away". Many take them home, tie a ribbon around their necks, and hang them from their tree. Now that I've given so many away and many are on display around here, when I give a reindeer to someone, they sometimes say "so you're the one who makes these". I enjoy Christmas, and giving these away to anyone (usually women - most men don't appreciate them) who helps me in some way during the Christmas Season gets one. After they have waited on me I hold out my hand, palm down with a reindeer in it, and I wish them a "Very Merry Christmas". When they hold out their hand to me I drop the reindeer into their hand. It always seems to brighten their day. I've almost always been thanked, sometimes hugged, and occasionally kissed on the cheek when I give one away. I only offer one to a child if they are about 8 or older, for safety reasons, and only with the permission of a parent. In most cases, you have to do something for me, like demonstrate or sell me something, or serve me a meal to get one.
I've had two more heart surgeries back in April and have become quite limited in what I can do now. I tire very easily now, so I doubt that I'll be able to beat the quantity that I made last year, but I'm about to start making them again for this coming Christmas Season 2016. Is anyone else out there willing to carry this tradition on for me?