Sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees...

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Project by fawig posted 12-23-2014 06:10 PM 969 views 4 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

These are Christmas presents I made for family, friends, and co-workers this year. I patterned them after Steve’s Twisted Christmas Tree project, but scaled them in half to suit my needs. One of my challenges was figuring out how to make them efficiently since I needed about 35 short ones and two tall ones.

Sanding was an especially daunting task since I needed to make 858 tree branches. To solve that problem, I purchased a vibratory bowl and crushed walnut shells from Amazon for about $40, tossed 50 branches into the bowl and let them vibrate for about an hour while I continued to make more branches. That process softened the sharp edges and polished the flat surfaces pretty well.

I used several different woods (only to achieve color contrast): walnut for the bases, cherry for the branches (oak on the tall trees), and maple (plus some purple heart) for the ornaments on top. The finish was natural Danish oil.

They’ve been a big hit!

-- "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Phil 4:13

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#1 posted 12-23-2014 06:17 PM

Very cool trees and an extra smart way to sand small parts.

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