To make your own nutcracker, cut hard wood to the appropriate size to make the nutcracker's head, chest, waist, legs, feet, hands and arms. Make the pivot joint, attach it to the chest pieces, and glue the other parts of the nutcracker appropriately. Decorate the nutcracker as desired.
Cut the nutcracker's head, waist and chest to 6, 4 and 3 inches in height, respectively, and 6 inches in diameter each. Cut two 7-inch high pieces each for the legs and arms. Keep the leg diameter as 2 1/2 inches at the top and tapering down to a 1-inch diameter at the bottom. Make the arms 1 inch in diameter and the hands 3/4 inches wide and 1 inch long.
Cut two 1.5-inch diameter and 1-inch high wood pieces for the feet. Cut a 1-inch thick square measuring 8 to 10 inches for the nutcracker's baseboard. Cut the piece for the chest into three portions, each two inches wide.
To make the pivot joint, cut wood to approximately 1.75 x 2.75 x 5.5 inches dimensions. Taper the 7 to 8-inches long pivot's tail to a sharp edge. Make a hole in the center of the upper half of the pivot and insert a 0.25 x 2.75 inches stick. Drill 0.25-inch deep holes in the inner sides of the two chest pieces and insert the stick's ends into them. Apply glue at the insertion points.
Affix the other nutcracker pieces using glue and nail the arms to the chest. Paint the nutcracker as desired.