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Forum topic by davinM posted 09-21-2014 02:31 AM 790 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2014 02:31 AM

ok guys Im little new to wood working and have been recently having fun making art out of dead trees.

Im lookin for some ideas to build a cost effective square base that my tree is lag bolted into. i want the base to be sturdy and flat on top so i may cover it.

recently i used a 3ply plywood sheet cut into 2×2 square. lag bolted into it. then sandwiched 2×10 in middle with another plywood sheet under it. this worked good and made heavy base but seemed like a waste of wood.

included is a pic of my most recent tree lag bolted into piece 2×10

any ideas how to build better flat square base ?

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#1 posted 09-22-2014 02:54 AM

You could build a cross using 2 pieces of wood approximately 2×2x12 lap jointed together. It wood use a lot less wood and look much better.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#2 posted 09-22-2014 05:12 AM

If you have a lumber yard in your area, you could get some nice rough cut lumber for a great price.

I would get some descent wood and you can make it part of the project instead of just covering it.

Just a thought.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#3 posted 09-22-2014 09:04 PM

a cross would work but i feel it would look more like xmas tree stand. here is pic of the last base made covered in outdoor carpet. but this square would be expensive to reproduce since cost of wood has gone up here. i do sell these .

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#4 posted 09-22-2014 09:16 PM

If your going to cover it anyway just use construction grade 2 X material. 2×10 or 2×12 should work but I would change the direction on the top layer from the bottom layer and screw them together.

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#5 posted 09-22-2014 10:22 PM

ok ill look into that. here at home depot 1 2×12x8 is 12 dollars. that would yield 1 2×2 square if cut into 4s and screwed together like you suggest

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