What you'll need:
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.
• 1" x 2" pine board 31" long
• 1" x 4" pine board 3-1/2" long
• 1" x 6" pine board 6" long
• 1/4" masonite 3" x 8 1/2"
• 1-1/4" diameter dowel rod 4" long
• 1" diameter dowel rod 21" long
• 3-1/2" round bun furniture foot
• 3/4" x 3-3/8" mug pegs
• 1/4" fluted dowel pins
• Latex paint or wood stains to decorate
• Brushes to apply paint/stain
• Piping, eyes, nose & beard
• Wood glue
Before you begin, download our cutlist here to get all of your pieces ready to assemble. Once your pieces are cut and sanded, use wood glue to join the head to the hat as shown here.
Assemble the arms as shown using wood glue.
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.
Using wood glue attach the legs and feet as shown.
Now you're ready to attach the body to the legs and feet using wood glue again.
Using wood glue, assemble the masonite skirt you cut earlier around the base of the body.
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.
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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