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Dowel Christmas Tree

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Project by MatthewG posted 12-21-2017 01:47 AM 416 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My spouse’s mom saw a picture of a “dowel tree” on the web, and asked if I could make one. This one is four feet tall, with a 1-1/8” main trunk, 1/2” branches, and 1/4” twigs. You go thru a lot of dowels—I think there are about 50-60 feet of twigs, maybe 24 feet of branches.

After a test run, I chose dowels of relatively soft wood, which makes them easier to insert and remove. The branches are all removable for storage, but the twigs are glued in place into each branch. The branches and twigs are angled at 15 degrees upward or outward.

Since you have to drill a lot of holes, I built a jig for the drill press. The photos shows a test dowel, with two holes already in it. The jig has three parts. The first is a board that two blocks ride on. There is a stationary V-block that aligns the dowel under the bit, and allows easy depth settings. The second block is a square sliding block—it has a hole to hold the dowel, and nails to align the block with the edge of the board. Stick the dowel into the slider, and slide it into position. To drill holes on opposite sides of the dowel, you just flip the square slider block, which carries the dowel with it. Tip the drill press table to set the angle of the holes.

A fun project, and a lot quicker than I thought it might be! Happy holidays to all!

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA





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majuvla

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#1 posted 12-21-2017 06:10 AM

First of all – very simple and efficient jig! The tree is awesome, not only as decoration, it can serve as well as presenters for ornaments, if you make them in large series.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 01:59 PM

Great work. Like a lot. Try to do one the next christmas. Here change the tree even 7 years!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#3 posted 12-21-2017 05:23 PM

Well done! Merry Christmas.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 12-21-2017 09:45 PM

This is a beautiful tree and so nicely done. It’s a very creative project and is a wonderful eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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leafherder

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#5 posted 12-21-2017 09:47 PM

Cool tree, looks sturdy enough to hold much larger ornaments, and the minimalist style would fit anyplace. Thanks for posting and Merry Christmas!

-- Leafherder

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