Introduction

These instructions are for a 3-foot tree, making it a great option for a tabletop or small space.

Step 1

Rip Thick Strips

Rip (14) ¼” thick strips out of the 2x4s using a table saw.

Step 2

Cut Pieces

Cut 40 pieces at 16” and 40 pieces at 12”.

Step 3

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Mark Center Line

Mark the center line of all the pieces with a straight edge and pencil.

Step 4

Drill Center of Each Piece

Drill the center of every slat of wood with a drill press or drill and 1/2" Forstner bit.

Pro Tip

Use a fence guide for the most consistent results.

Step 5

Slide Wood Pieces on Dowel Rod

Coat the dowel rod with soap (Image 1), and slide on all the wood slats with all like pieces together (Images 2 and 3).

Step 6

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Cut Out Base Pieces

Cut pieces at dimensions shown with the extra 2x4 wood and the 2" thick wood piece for the 6” circle.

Step 7

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Drill Holes in Base Pieces

Drill a ½” hole, 1" deep in the large rectangle and circle. Drill a hole all the way through the smallest rectangular piece.

Step 8

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Smooth Edges of Circular Piece

Smooth the top edge of the circle (on the drilled side) using a router and roundover bit.

Step 9

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Cut Dowel Rod to Size

Place the small rectangle on the large slat side of the tree, and leave four inches of the dowel hanging down below it. Cut off the top of the dowel 3/4" above the small wood slats with a hand saw.

Step 10

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Draw Tree Shape

Place the remaining rectanglular piece on the top of the dowel, and press all the wood slats together with a long clamp. Draw out the desired tree shape with a marker and straight edge.

Step 11

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Cut Out Shape

Cut out the profile with a band saw or circular saw.

Step 12

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Sand Pieces

Sand all the pieces.

Step 13

Attach Base Pieces

Disassemble all pieces, and finish as desired (Image 1). Reassemble, and attach top triangle (Image 2), lower stop (Image 3) and the circular base using a micro pinner.

Pro Tip

Avoid putting any finish on the dowel rod, as that will affect the reinstall of the slats.

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