I decided to see what I could make from my beautiful Christmas tree after I was all done with it. My first two goals were candle holders and a little container with a swing top.
This is my tree. It was hanging out in the yard for a week or two by this point. The first order of business was to strip all the branches from it.
I considered using my reciprocating saw to strip it, only to find out my batteries were all dead. So I went manly man and used my favourite axe.
The stripping is completed. I now have a pole, and a pile of branches.
I chopped the trunk up in bits and pieces. Ideally it would be best to let it air dry naturally. However, I am lazy so I cooked my wood in my oven. I set it on my lowest setting which was 170F convection bake. They were in there for several hours. My roommates said my house smelled amazing afterwards!
For the container I had cut a thin piece and a thick piece that fit together. You know, for the lid and base. I had two separate designs for the hinge so I made two prototypes.
For my first hinge design I didn’t want any of it showing on the top. My attempt to line up the hole for the dowel was to stick a small nail through the top and drill a hole through those holes. It worked okay but didn’t like up as well as I would have liked.
My second design was much simpler. I just put both pieces together and drilled a hole straight down through both of them.
Time to cut the storage area part. My forstner bits were vacationing at a friends house for a bit so I was left to use my spade bits and my 30 year old drill press.
I included this picture to show just how much saw dust came off this project. No.. I’m not wearing a glove. Just throwing this out there but if you combine sawdust, some wax and a muffin wrapper you can make some awesome firestarters. I sense another blog entry in the works…
I am just focusing on the second hinge design now. It worked the best and looked the sleekest.
Finished project. The top swings completely around using a dowel. Final sanding is all that’s needed.
Finished candle holder. Probably better than Batman could make. On second thought, no probably not.