And this is the wooden turkey finished. Easy right?

I recently made an extremely easy woodworking project. It’s a reclaimed wood turkey. I used all free reclaimed wood from pallets to make this one, so it was quick and cheap. But the kids love the ‘big chicken’ as it’s been dubbed around the Gabbert house.

The Video

Here’s the build video, it kind of speaks for itself.

The Drawings

These are the plans, well, they’re really more like three-dimensional drawings of the turkey than plans. But I put them up in case anyone’s interested in building their own.

The Build Article

And now for the detailed build article. Watch and learn people, watch and learn.

Cut out all your head parts.

I cut out the head, neck, beak and whatever you call that little flap thing on a turkeys neck. The giblet? I don’t know.

Cut out the turkey head and neck.

Cut out the turkey head and neck parts.

Make the circle panels.

Cut the parts for your circle panels, and glue them up. There isn’t a picture of the glue up here but you get the idea.

Rough cut your circle panels.

Rough cut your circle panels.

Mark out the circles.

Mark out your circles, here I used a piece of scrap wood with some holes in it. I think I’ll make a fancy circle compass soon.

Mark out the rounds.

Mark out the rounds.

Cut out the body.

Then I cut out the body circles on the band saw. I didn’t try to get these perfect, just close enough.

Cut out the three body panel rounds.

Cut out the three body panel rounds.

Then I glued the whole thing up.

All the parts and pieces got glued and screwed together. If you’re confused, scroll up and take a look at the video or the drawings.

Attach the body panels, the head and the neck.

Attach the three body panels, head and neck.

Cut out your feet.

I free handed these, and it took more than once as you can see. Have fun. 😉

Cut out the turkey feet.

Cut out the turkey feet.

Rip your legs.

I made some little rips for the legs.

Rip the legs for the turkey.

Rip the legs for the turkey.

Attach the legs to the feet.

Then I doweled the legs to the feet. I was really surprised that the turkey stood up as well as it did once it was all done.

Attach the legs to the feet with a dowel.

Attach the legs to the feet with a dowel.

Screw on the legs.

Glue and screw the whole thing together.

Attach the legs and feet.

Attach the legs and feet.

Screw on the feathers.

This image should actually be above the other one but I’m too lazy to move it. I HOPE you get the idea.

Attach the feathers.

Attach the feathers.

And that’s it.

This is the finished reclaimed wood turkey. What an easy woodworking project, right?

And this is the wooden turkey finished. Easy right?

And this is the wooden turkey finished. Easy right?

Thanks for stopping by and checking this out. Let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns on the YouTube.

Thanks again,

— Adam

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