We’ll be having the kids & their significant others, father-in-law & brother-in-law for Thanksgiving. Two of the kids will have their other, the other two are solo. Before dinner gets served there’s some amount of waiting that occurs at the table. This year we’re going to keep them occupied so they don’t start doing stupid food tricks with rolls, butter and cranberry sauce
Since father-in-law is coming this year we’re skipping poppers and paper crowns (there are some new traditions that don’t explain well to someone who is 87 & usually in memory care). We will be doing flat pack reindeer instead (we did turkeys last year, bunnies for Easter, etc) and we’ll kick off the Christmas season.
So the younger solos will get Rudolph. The couples will get another set (but there will be extra Rudolphs to forestall arguments over the doe & bucks and the obvious gender stereotyping involved ). I’ll post an update with those. But tonight we have Rudolph the Flat.
Medium cherry ply. Looks nicer than the maple ones I made up a couple of weeks ago in prep. Reindeer are brown after all.
Here’s what he looks like assembled.
I have to fiddle with the tabs that hold the pieces in. They’re 0.015" now which is a bit wider than I usually use but otherwise I was finding I’d accidentally punch parts out weeding them. Need to cut down the number of them on the smaller pieces. I stole @m_raynsford’s technique of identifying the tab locations with little arrows so folks know where to put pressure on them but they’re a little tight. Probably going to remove a third of them.
The slots were kerf adjusted for PG cherry ply to be tight fitting. If I didn’t adjust for the kerf the parts fit somewhat loose and come apart too easily. No doubt the kids will be making them run races around the pumpkin pie so they need a certain amount of sturdiness. (We are somewhat goofy for a family of adults. )