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Woodworking projects under way. #23: Christmas Tree Stand. Starting the glue ups...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 10-24-2011 04:20 PM 890 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 22: More work on the water heater stand... Part 23 of Woodworking projects under way. series Part 24: The artificial Christmas Tree Stand is underway... »

Upon taking down our 10+ year old artificial tree last year, I heard a terrible snap of plastic… The base died a terrible wrenching death..

Well, the rest of the tree is in simply too good shape to just let it die like that… And now that the holidays are rushing up on us like a Linebacker, I decided it was time to get busy…

The design is a simple block with a hole bored in it for the tube (trunk) of the tree. So problem #1. What to do for a block?

Well, I had some extra 2×4 cutoffs from my water heater stand project. So face jointing and planing the 2×4 stock and then cross cutting them I ended up with 3.5×3.5×1-3/8” sections. 4 of them glued up now create the block. I have some cleanup work to do on the block as I failed to use cauls, so the thing slipped a hair, but nothing too serious… Time to whip out the jointer and flatten the faces… Then it’s off to the drill press…

After the drill press, I process more of the 2×4 stock into 1×4, and then off to crosscut, and transfer the leg template to the soon to be legs, the off to the band saw, and oscillating sander to get the shapes right. Probably just need to carpet tape them together and run them through as a stack…

Lastly, attach the legs to the block, I am simply going to glue side by side so we have long grain to long grain, where I can, and dowelled on each joint for maximum strength.

The entire block / leg assembly will not be of a knock down design as I wanted to insure it was as solid as physically possible…

Once the glue is set, and it’s all verified level, it gets a coat of Kilz2 primer, followed by at least 1 coat, probably more likely 2 to 3 of Ace Royal Touch Hunter Green high gloss enamel.

I’ve got a lot left to do, but the start so far is good, and I have this project mapped out pretty well. I am thinking if I can pull this off right, this cheesy fake Christmas tree will at least have a bit more of a personal touch, and can maybe be something my kids will enjoy…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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