Chrismas tree #1: While you enjoy .... you can think on how you will recycle the chrismastree

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Blog entry by Dennisgrosen posted 12-27-2012 12:48 AM 4838 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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last years tree

some like to use the neighbours tree new years evening
to let it hanging from theres flagpole :-)
others like to make chips out of them and compost it
I like to find a way to make projects out of it ….. just for fun

first you cut the tree to size this way
letting ~ 15-20cm of the twigs be on the stem

don´t throw away the stem´s yet
while the tree is still fresh its time to debark it … though its a little difficult to use
the traditionel tools …. do to lack of space :-) you better use a small knife with a strong back


cut the tree in pieces at the length you have desided you need for the project
paint or cover all the ends with glue to prevent cracking and set them aside
a ½ year or more until the wood is dry
then its time to clean the pieces by cutting thin slices of both ends
and trim the surface with rasp, files

or these werd things that don´t know if they are a rasp or plane

measure with a trusty ruler .bore and saw as you like

and you will have a nice hanger for tools or kitchen aids :-)

here I made some hangers for cloth and a shovel

and lots of dovels

here I countersink a hole

since it is a litle difficult to place the pictures fast enoff :-)
I devide this little chrismas tale in two

sofare I hope it have inspired someone to be more creative :-)

Merry Christmas to all

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 12-27-2012 01:14 AM

That’s a great way to recycle your tree and get some use out of it. I love live trees for Christmas, although I don’t have room for one here in my little place. I used to get one every year and we would keep the wood and later use it in the fireplace. I will be watching for Part 2 to come later on.

Take care, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 12-27-2012 01:15 AM

this is great Dennis, using the tree to its maximum capacity, wasting nothing, when i lived in Alaska i learned that when your in the bush, you use everything..and this is a great example of waste not want not….thanks for the great example here, it inspires me to make sure i use all of my wood to its best…...wishing you a happy new year buddy…thinking of you and silke…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 12-27-2012 01:31 AM

Well, I am going to recycle my old one back into its bag, complete with prewired lights, and put it back into its storage space behind the shop…...(-:

When I was in high school and college I was always home for Christmas, up in northern Minnesota. I would take the car and go looking for a Christmas tree. My parents would give me a little of their hard earned money to go buy one. But I would look at those sorry trees, and drive out down the highway until I came to some state land. Then I would trudge through thigh deep snow to find and cut down the tree I liked and bring it home. After the first couple of years, they quit giving me the money, because I always gave it back. Then I trimmed the tree besides. They were always glad to see me home for Christmas…...I solved a bunch of problems, saving money as I did so!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 12-27-2012 02:04 AM

great use of the tree dennis

seems to be things here
for just about anything
on might need

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 12-27-2012 02:16 AM

Now that’s GREEN!

If I could only think of what to do with my artificial tree? ;)


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#6 posted 12-27-2012 03:15 AM

Dennis I never in a million years would have thought of that. Now that is one way to be green. Interesting project and assortment of tools there. It looks as you have used almost every little part of the tree. Well done.
I hope you and your family have had a wonderful Christmas.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 12-27-2012 03:45 AM

Great ideas! Thanks for posting!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 12-27-2012 11:01 AM

Belated merry Christmas Dennis !
Great way to keep some memories alive !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#9 posted 12-27-2012 11:40 AM

Well done Dennis. I have some just outside my front door. Looking forward to part 2.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Rowe

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#10 posted 12-27-2012 12:25 PM

Great idea. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes for 2013.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#11 posted 12-27-2012 12:32 PM

Way to go Dennis. I used to save the biggest part of the log and save about a foot or so of it, let it dry, then flatten on side, drill some holes in the opposite side to fit some candles and we would use it as a seasonal centerpiece candle holder.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#12 posted 12-27-2012 08:48 PM

thanks for the coments … preciate you looked :-)

Sheila see if the landlord will alowe a tree in the garden
the second year you can start to wire with a few lights
and add to it as it grow after six -seven years its time to fell
to be used inside
and nurse a new in the garden :-)

Grizzman :-) I´ll take you on the word living in the north everything has to be used the best way :-)
maybee not the best way but deffently all of it ... maybee thats why firewood is so popular to make
it warms you three times … lol happy new year to you and yours as well

Hey Jim …. who unlocked the door to the hospital …. great to see you back
some deep thought projeckts coming from you in the nearest future
that can inspire us who deposited the creative part of the brain on someones shelfs
and forgot where it was … ya know what you meen … the parrens always happy hen
the children helps with something they may not know anything about

David little by little over the next thirdty years I gess we can collect enoff chrismastrees to say that … :-)

Glen .. thanks same to you and yours

Poul ..atleast it was green when we brought it home :-)

Dave I can say official that the last plug was used four days before Christmas :-)
and the last piece from the cutoffs was used the first dec. to stabilise the kalender candlelight

Mauricio thanks for looking :-)

JR thanks the same to you and yours :-)

Mike I like yours how much load do they take …. I´ll bett its more than I wuold have expected

Ken .. I like that idea too … why is it I always forget to KISS when the fun starts :-)

thanks for looking by :-)
take care

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#13 posted 01-01-2013 01:32 PM

Hi dennis,
You know I am a big fan of recycle, so this project is just up my road!
I love the idea of using the christmas tree, it is full of memories and therfore have a history with it.
(Remember the H.C.Andersen tale: ).
the hanger for the workshop is great and would do perfect in a rustic kitchen too.
Great work Dennis, I will go for the nex part now.
Best thoughts my friend and a happy newyear to you and the family,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 01-01-2013 02:15 PM

thank you Mads
yes I do remember H.C.Andersen tales … very well … not enoff to tell them by the reminder :-)
but we do have the book with all the tales in …. all has been read loud for Silke when she was
2-3-4 years old

take care

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