Deck the walls Holiday Tree.

This season, celebrate Christmas with a different kind of evergreen—one made from hard woods! Our stylized tree brings together walnut, mahogany, and maple in one, attractive, unified design. Have a bare wall that could use a little perking up? Then try this decoration out for size. Enlarge or downsize our patterns to suit your special needs. For added beauty, consider hanging small ornaments from the boughs.

Make Your Tree One Bough at a Time

Note: We used 5/4 (five-quarter or 1 1/16) stock for this project. You can also go with

3/4, provided that you downsize the dowel rod for the trunk to W. For best results, ensure that the wood you work with lies flat.

1

Photocopy the parts for the full-sized Holiday Tree pattern found on the pattern insert. (We found that copies made on 11×17 paper work best for the larger parts.) Trim off the waste around the patterns with scissors.

2

Stick the bough patterns to your wood (we used genuine Honduras mahogany) with spray adhesive.

3

Using either a 1/8 or 1/4 blade in your band-saw, saw the boughs to shape, cutting just outside the cut lines. Now, sand to the cut lines using disc and drum Sanders to eliminate saw marks and achieve the final shape. As you complete the pieces, lay and dry-fit them on a flat surface. Make alignment marks across each bough joint for easier orientation when realigning and gluing the bough parts later.

4

Transfer the location of the 3/4 hole to the bottom edge of the lowest bough where shown on the pattern. Center the hole from edge to edge. Secure the lowest bough in your bench vise, and use a brad-point bit to bore the 3/4 hole for the tree’s dowel-rod trunk.

5

Trim a length of walnut dowel for the trunk to the size shown in the Exploded View drawing. Check the dowel’s fit in the hole that you drilled in the previous step.

6

Adhere the pot base and rim paper patterns to a 5 1/2×12 piece of 5/4 stock; adhere the pot interior patterns to 3/4 scrap stock (we used walnut). Bandsaw the pieces to shape.

7

Temporarily join the pot base and rim piece together using double-faced tape. Now, place these pieces in the vise, and locate and bore the hole for the dowel-rod trunk. Separate the pieces.

8

Apply the star pattern to a 5/4 scrap piece of contrasting wood (we used maple), and cut it to shape. Sand smooth. (We folded sandpaper around a wood strip to sand the edges.) Remove all patterns with acetone or lacquer thinner.

Assemble the Parts, and Finish the Tree

Note: To allow time to fit the bough pieces for the most pleasing look, we used slow-set epoxy.

1

Place waxed paper onto a flat piece of 3/4 plywood that’s large enough to hold the entire tree.

2

Now, mix slow-set epoxy glue and, starting with the star and the uppermost bough, coat the mating surfaces, pressing them together. Temporarily clamp the pieces with masking tape, and drive 4d finish nails into the surrounding plywood to keep the parts in place as shown above. Repeat this process with the remaining boughs. (Remove excess epoxy with a rag dampened in acetone.)

3

Glue the pot rim and base pieces together, aligning the holes. Glue and insert the trunk dowel into the pot. Now, glue the pot interior pieces, one on each side of the trunk.

4

Carefully epoxy and fit the pot assembly into the hole in the lowest bough, again securing these parts with 4d finish nails as you did with the rest of the tree. Once the epoxy cures, remove the assembled tree from the plywood, and sand both the front and back, starting with 80-grit sandpaper.

5

Accent the joint lines of the boughs, star, and base/rim using a hobby or utility knife. Cut first with the blade angled 15° from vertical to the left; then, cut with the blade 15° to the right. Clean and smooth the resulting V-shaped grooves using folded sandpaper. Sand slight round-overs on all top edges of the tree.

6

Finish the tree. (We applied three coats of clear aerosol lacquer to both sides of the project.) To hang ornaments from the tree, cut small, shallow kerfs on the ends of the boughs to accept strings tied to the ornaments.

7

Hang the tree by the V-notch in the top bough and on a finish nail driven into a wall stud. Adjust the tree until it hangs straight, and keep it there with a loop of masking tape (sticky side out) placed behind the base.

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