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Table top sleigh will carry the holidays

This miniature sleigh is a simple, attractive, versatile and inexpensive way to decorate for the holidays. It can be adorned with poinsettias, gifts, holiday cards, ornaments or figurines.

Building it requires only easy-to-find materials: one 8-foot-long piece of 1 by 12 pine, nails, wood putty, glue and varnish. It can also be painted in holiday colors like green, red, silver and gold.

Best of all, this sleigh project can be completed by do-it-yourselfers who have very little experience, even by those who have no woodworking experience at all.

The sleigh is made up of only seven different pieces, and because the two sides and two runners are identical, it requires only five different cuts.

All of the parts are traced from full-size patterns except the sleigh bottom, which is a simple 11- by 17-inch rectangle.

After the pieces are cut, just nail and glue them together as shown, sand and apply varnish or paint.

The snowflake design on the side is optional and can be wood-burned or painted on.

The finished sleigh measures 27 inches long by 11 inches wide by 15 inches tall.

The Table-Top Sleigh plan, No. 848, is $6.50 and includes full-size traceable patterns, step-by-step instructions, an exploded assembly diagram and a complete shopping list and cutting schedule.

In addition, a catalog picturing hundreds of other do-it-yourself projects, including many for the holidays, is available for $3.95. Prices include sales tax, postage and handling.

To order, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, CA 91409-2383. Specify plan number and allow 3-4 weeks for delivery (for first-class mail, add $1 an item).

To order by credit card or for a free holiday brochure, call (800) 828-2453. Be sure to mention the St. Petersburg Times.