I had some pallet wood laying around, and I decided to make a Christmas tree.
First of all I roughly sanded my pallet boards with my orbital sander, using 50 grit sandpaper.
I then cut off the edges of my tree’s main branch, using my cross cut sled, on my table saw. You can also do that with a regular saw and a jitter box.
I glued and screwed my center piece of the rest of the tree. I first pre drilled some pilot holes, before screwing my piece.
I added thee screws which I connected with string, in order to have the basic triangle, of my piece’s shape. I used a chalk to trace around that triangle, my tree’s shape.
I cut out the shape of my tree with my jigsaw.
I then cut the pieces of the tree’s base using my cross cut sled, on the table saw.
I glued and screwed them together.
I marked the positions of the screws of the base and drilled the holes. I also counter sinked them to the bottom of my base.
I clamped the tree on my vise upside down, used the screws of the bottom as marking pins and predrilled the holes on the tree.
I didn’t glue the base to the body, because I wanted to be able to take the tree apart for storage.
I finally screwed the bottom and the main body of the tree together.
I sanded again the piece and applied three coats of clear water based satin varnish with light sanding between coats.
I wanted to add Christmas lights to the back of my tree, in order to create a back light effect.
I added screws on the back and mounted the lights on the screws, using zip ties.
My tree is ready.
Merry Christmas to all!