Log secret container

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 project. The top swings completely around using a dowel. Final sanding is all that’s needed.

 

Finished candle holder.

Finished candle holder. Probably better than Batman could make. On second thought, no probably not.

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