Christmas nutcracker is article about For Fun bookmarked by juan with ID 13522529617 was uploaded on 11-03-2019 and has been viewed 118,625 times.
This week I tried my hand at making a classic soldier Christmas nutcracker.Ultimately it turned out okay, but wow, this was very challenging! I began by designing lathe turning templates for the various pieces.
I am so glad I took the time to do this because it sped up the turning process and allowed me to make matching arms and legs.To use these, I printed them out and spray mounted them to a piece of cardboard.
The I cut out the white areas to create profiles of the nutcracker parts.After rough turning a block of wood into an even, round shape, I made marks where each of the transitions would occur.Using these pencil marks as guides, I turned the arms, legs and body, checking the template along the way.
Here are both the arms.To ensure each the diameters were the same on each piece, I used an adjustable wrench to measure various points.I turned the nutcracker's body and hat in one piece.Then I separated the head from the body and cut a notch in the body piece for the lever mechanism to fit into.
The nutcracker's jaw, the part that 'cracks' nuts was super tricky.I ended up making three attempts before getting one...