I have always wanted a wood Christmas tree for our front porch and I came across this post from Rogue Engineer of his wooden tree. I thought this is what I am looking for. Now I didn’t follow his plans exactly I did it my own way. My tree definitely looks different than his I think mine looks more like a charlie brown tree.
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Things you will need
- Furring strips of wood I used 3 8ft length pieces- for branches
- small pieces of scrap wood -for trunk
- 2 by 4 piece for base
- wood glue
- drill w/ bit
- miter saw
Making your wood Christmas tree
Cutting your branches
The first thing I did was cut my branches. I took furring strips and cut them 2 inches less for each piece till I made it to the top piece. I used my miter saw for the cuts. Anytime you can use power tools with safety it makes the job move a lot more smoothly.
Drilling Holes for Dowel
The next step you will need to drill holes for the dowel. I took my drill bit and drilled holes in the middle of each piece cut piece. You will also want to drill a hole in the base for the dowel.
Making the Base
I used a 2 by 4 for my base it works pretty well to keep it up and sturdy. Now once you have the hole drilled in the base you can put in the dowel. I used wood glue in the hole to glue in the dowel so it’s more sturdy and doesn’t fall apart. I also cut 3 small pieces of 1/2 inch scrap wood I had for the trunk. Don’t forget after this part to sand each piece before you move on to painting. You will regret it if you don’t sand down the rough edges.
Before you assemble the pieces you will want to paint it. You could spray paint it or use water base paint to paint the tree. I chose to use waterbased paint to paint my pieces. I painted the base, trunk pieces, and the dowel brown. Then I painted the tree limb parts green. I bought the star in a star pack and painted it yellow. The last thing I did was spray some red sparkle spray paint. Last I spray painted some matte clear coat on it to protect it from the elements.
The last thing you will want to do is assemble it and glue on the star.
The Final Wood Christmas Tree
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