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Holiday Nutcracker

STEPS

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SKILL LEVEL

Go nuts this holiday season and make this heirloom-quality nutcracker for someone you love! This fun and functional "woodcraft" project is designed to charm children of all ages.

by Dremel ®

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Supplies Needed For This Project

TOOL

Dremel Moto-Saw™

Model # MS20

ACCESSORY

MS51 Wood & Plastic Cutting Blade

Model # MS51

TOOL

Multi-Max™ MM45

Model # MM45

ACCESSORY

Bulk Pack, 60, 120 and 240 Grit Sand Paper - Wood

Model # MM80W

ACCESSORY

MM14U Hook and Loop Pad

Model # MM14U

TOOL

US40 Ultra-Saw™

Model # US40

ACCESSORY

US500-01 4” Carbide Wood Cutting Wheel

Model # US500-01

Materials

  • 1

    1" x 2" pine board 31" long
  • 1

    1" x 4" pine board 3-1/2" long
  • 1

    1" x 6" pine board 6" long
  • 1

    1/4" masonite 3" x 8 1/2"
  • 1

    1-1/4" diameter dowel rod 4" long
  • 1

    1" diameter dowel rod 21" long
  • 1

    3-1/2" round bun furniture foot
  • 1

    3/4" x 3-3/8" mug pegs
  • 1

    1/4" fluted dowel pins
  • 1

    Latex paint or wood stains to decorate
  • 1

    Brushes to apply paint/stain
  • 1

    Piping, eyes, nose & beard
  • 1

    Wood glue

Let's Get Started

To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.

STEP 1

Step 1

Before you begin, download our cutlist. Once your pieces are cut and sanded, use wood glue to join the head to the hat as shown here. Tip: Smooth all edges before assembly. Glue all joints except for the jointed arms & mouth/lever, which must move for the cracker to function.

STEP 2

Step 2

Assemble the arms as shown using wood glue.

STEP 3

Step 3

Assemble body as shown, insert lever into correct position & drill a hole through all 3 pieces. The hole should be positioned 1 1/2" from top & 3/4" from back. Insert dowels from each side to secure.

STEP 4

Step 4

Using wood glue attach the legs and feet as shown.

STEP 5

Step 5

Now you're ready to attach the body to the legs and feet using wood glue again.

STEP 6

Step 6

Using wood glue, assemble the masonite skirt you cut earlier around the base of the body.

STEP 7

Step 7

Time to Assemble the arms. To do this, drill holes in the upper arms & insert dowel pins. Then drill holes in upper body sides, and insert pinned arms into the holes.

STEP 8

Step 8

Attach the head to the assembled body and attach the square base to the feet that you cut earlier. Now for the best part, decorate your nutcracker as desired with latex paint or wood stains. Apply piping, eyes, nose, beard or any other embellishments with wood glue.

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