Lay the larger log on a workbench or stable sawhorse and measure a length of around 60 cm. Make a small incision to mark the length (e.g. using the chainsaw), or alternatively you could just use a pencil or marker spray.
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Before hollowing out the log, it’s a good idea to first make a mark on the guide bar of your chainsaw: this will ensure you make each plunge cut to the sane depth (e.g. 25 cm). You could use a pencil to mark the length on the guide bar, or make a mental mark by cutting to a specific letter of the STIHL logo on the bar.
Use pruning shears to remove all leaves and smaller twigs from the antler branches until you’re happy with how they look. Then taper the lower point of each branch using an angle grinder. Secure the delicate branches in a vice, using a cloth to protect them from damage.
First drill a hole for the neck in the lower side of the head section. This should be drilled straight, so your reindeer holds its head at a natural angle.
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Use an angle grinder to taper one end of each of the legs and both ends of the neck piece. Use a vice to clamp the branches in place so they don’t move around while you work. We recommend that you don’t make the ends too sharply pointed, and that you test them for fit against the relevant holes as you go, so you can ensure a snug fit.
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Tip: In order to choose the appropriate drill bit, use the thickness of the branches for the legs and neck as a guide, and select a bit that has a slightly smaller diameter.
If necessary, you can use the chainsaw to saw a small recess in the base of the lamp. This only needs to be as high and wide as the lamp’s power supply. When the lamp is in position, the cable can run through the small recess, improving safety and ensuring your lamp stands up straight.
Tip: You can make the reindeer more stable by using glue during assembly. However, glue doesn’t dry easily on damp wood, so we advise using dry wood. If you only have damp wood available, you can always put it together first, and then glue the parts in place when they’re dry.
If you’re using a STIHL cordless chainsaw you won’t need any noise prevention. Find out more about protective equipment when sawing with a chainsaw.
Fix the wood securely to your workbench. Use your drill to make four holes in the log for the legs. These need to be around 5 cm deep and drilled into the wood on a slight diagonal towards the middle of the trunk: this will ensure that the legs ultimately stand at a slight angle, and give the reindeer a more stable footing. Turn the wood over and drill a further hole for the neck. This should also be on a slight diagonal, so that the head will eventually look straight ahead.
Drill holes for the legs and the neck on a slight diagonal towards the centre of the trunk.
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Please pay particular attention to the following points during this step:
You can quickly cut the reindeer’s four legs and neck using a STIHL pruning saw.
We recommend using a new chain with a smaller distance between the depth gauge and saw teeth. This should make the plunge cutting a little easier to manage. Saw chains with a larger distance between the depth gauge and saw teeth are more likely to cause kickback.
You can find out more about using chainsaws safely on our website.
It’s a one-of-a-kind pattern and slivers of light that give these wooden lamps have their own special charm. These are formed naturally when the wood dries quickly, and only need to be gently expanded using the chainsaw. If you’re working with a piece of wood that doesn’t have any dry cracks you can create some using the chainsaw as you construct the lamp.
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Use a folding ruler to measure the deepest point of the hollow space inside the trunk. Add around 3-5 cm to that measurement, and mark the resulting length on the outside of the trunk.
Make a separating cut at the mark to cut the lamp housing to the appropriate size. Make sure you hold the saw straight.
Before you start hollowing out the trunk, you need to draw marks for where your plunge cuts will go. First, fix the log onto a solid sawhorse using a chain or a tensioning belt, then draw a square on the cross-section of the trunk. Be sure not to make the outer rim too narrow, otherwise the lamp may not be sufficiently stable.
If you like, you can use an angle grinder to smooth the wood’s edges or the light slits.
Safety comes first; not just when using a chainsaw in the woods, but also when sawing for creative projects. You should therefore always wear safety glasses or face protection and some form of personal noise protection – e.g. ear defenders. If you’re using a cordless chainsaw you won’t need any ear protection.
Fix the cut piece of wood to a sawhorse. Now you can use the chainsaw to deepen the dry cracks and expand them until they reach the hollow space in the centre of the lamp. Saw the cracks down to the fastening. You can also add new cuts. We recommend having four to six recesses for the light to shine through, though you can have more or fewer, depending on the thickness of the tree trunk and your personal taste.
Turn the log over, and then use a smaller wood drill bit to drill two holes for the antlers. These should be angled slightly towards the centre of the log.
Avoid a messy break by not sawing straight through the trunk from above.
Please note, some countries may have specific requirements for personal protective equipment, and be aware that protective equipment is no substitute for working safely. Therefore, please also always follow the operating instructions for the tool you’re using.
Finally, attach the head. Don’t forget: avoid using wood glue on wood that’s still damp. As a final step, push the antlers into the pre-drilled holes.
The reindeer’s four legs and neck are easy to make by cutting lengths from a thick branch or narrow trunk, as uniform in diameter as possible (e.g. trunk sections from young trees). For the legs, use a pruning saw to cut lengths of about 40 cm each. In addition to the four equal pieces for the legs, cut an extra section to make the reindeer’s neck: this only needs to be 20 cm long.
Now you can make your cuts. As you cut all four sides, position the tip of the guide bar on at an angle into the wood on each side of the square, so that the removed part is in the shape of a pyramid. Make sure you don’t damage the outer edges of the wood as you work.
A really eye-catching Christmas ornament: a handmade wooden reindeer.
Drill three holes into the wood – one straight for the neck, and two on a diagonal for the antlers.
Don’t forget to also protect your hands and legs. Make sure you wear work gloves, trousers with cut protection, and boots with cut protection inserts when sawing. You can find out more about protective equipment when using a chainsaw here.
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Use the chainsaw to make the plunge cuts, going slightly diagonally into the wood, to hollow out the inside of the lamp.
Fix the middle-sized log onto the workbench and mark a length of around 25 cm. As before, only saw two thirds of the way through the log from above, cutting the final few centimetres from below.
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Even amateur artists need to use appropriate protective equipment when using a chainsaw. Protection begins at the head: wear safety glasses or face protection and use some form of noise prevention, such as ear defenders. Hands, legs, and feet can be protected by work gloves, trousers with cut protection, and boots with cut protection inserts.
Tip: STIHL cordless chainsaws, are particularly well suited for this application, because they have very narrow chains and guide blades. Additionally, they mean you can avoid noise and emissions in your own garden, as cordless power tools are particularly quiet and emissions-free.
In principle, you can use any kind of coniferous wood to make this decorative lamp, such as larch, pine, or spruce. But it need not be fresh wood – not at all: even cracked, slightly splintered trunks can be used. These cracks add to the natural appearance of the lamp and help to make it unique. The only constraint is that the wood mustn’t be damp or rotten: the drier the wood the better suited it is.
Please note, some countries may have specific requirements for personal protective equipment, and be aware that protective clothing is no substitute for working safely. Therefore, please also always follow the operating instructions for the tool you’re using.
Then turn the lamp over, fix it in position, and repeat the process used on the upper side for working on the dry cracks and making the mitre cuts.
Step 5: Sawing dry cracks to make light slits and adding mitre cuts
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If you’re using dry wood, you can put some wood glue straight into the four drilled holes and use a hammer to gently tap the legs into the body. Once the glue has dried, you can stand the figure up, glue the neck and push this into the body by gently tapping it with a hammer. Remove any excess wood glue by wiping it away with an old, damp cloth.
Use the chainsaw to saw recesses or expand natural dry cracks.
You can also add mitre cuts around the top of the lamp to round the edges. We recommend you use the incoming saw chain – i.e. the lower end of the guide bar – to make the mitre cuts. If you use the outgoing chain, there’s a risk the edges might splinter.
In principle you can use any coniferous wood or hardwood for this DIY reindeer’s body and head. You can use larger branches for the legs and neck, and we recommend choosing forked, thinner branches for the antlers.
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Step 1: Materials required for the wooden reindeer For the body: Log (about 20 cm diameter) For the head: Log (about 10-12 cm diameter) Forked branches for antlers For the legs and neck: Thin trunks or thick branches (about 5 cm diameter) STIHL chainsaw STIHL pruning saw FELCO secateurs Drill with wood drill bits Wood glue Hammer Workbench Angle grinder Vice Folding ruler
This method of working means an increased risk of kickback. Make sure you always follow the safety component of the operating instructions, and only use this technique if you’re familiar with it. Use a solid, heavy sawhorse.
Plunge cutting can cause powerful horizontal forces, which in some circumstances can make a lighter sawhorse fall over.
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Position the trunk and fix it in place so that the shorter end from the mark extends over the edge of the workbench. Don’t cut all the way through the log initially: stop when you’ve gone about two thirds of the way. Otherwise, the piece being removed may break off early and splinter. To avoid this, saw the last third from below, or turn the trunk over so you can make the final cut from above.
You can decide whether or not to treat the wood. If you plan to use the lamp in the garden at a later point, the wood doesn’t necessarily need to be treated – it can develop a lovely patina. If you’re going to be using the lamp inside, however, we recommend treating it with hard wax oils.
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If the wood you’re using is still damp, you can assemble the parts without glue. If the legs become wobbly once the wood has dried, you can glue them into position later.
Your handmade reindeer is finished and ready to add to your Christmas decorations. If you like, you can wrap a scarf around the reindeer’s neck, or give it a Santa hat.
Step 1: Materials required for the DIY lamp STIHL chainsaw Log, preferably without bark Folding ruler Marking chalk/pencil Angle grinder Heavy sawhorse LED fairy lights for outdoor use
Take the string of fairy lights and place these inside the tree trunk. If you want to use the lamp in your garden, you must choose a water-resistant and weatherproof string of LED fairy lights. Make sure the plug socket for the power supply is also protected against the weather – e.g. using a plug safety box.
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Make sure your chosen piece of wood doesn’t have any branches or forks, and that it has grown straight. We recommend using wood without bark, or that you remove the bark before starting work.