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Project by triviasteve posted 06-17-2014 06:41 AM 2134 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And yet another project for the Christmas craft show… I have 10 of these cut out now… just need to finish sanding them and then get them assembled and then I’ll have a little forest…

These are made from 1/4” oak plywood and 3/8” dowel rods with 1/8” dowel rod pins acting as spacers. I was able to cut out 10 of these from one 4×8 sheet of plywood (considering I thought I could only get 8…). All cuts with a #5 spiral blade (which really does a good job hogging through the plywood, although the finished cut definitely needs to be sanded). I was able to stack cut three of the branches at a time for the set of 10 that I did… this one was the prototype and each branch was cut individually. The prototype took about 3 hours to make, and I think I was able to cut the time in half by stack cutting.

With the exception of the top branches, there are 3 branches per section.

It’s pretty tricky drilling the holes for the 1/8” dowels (I’m going to have to come up with a jig and a slightly larger drill bit), as the 1/8” dowels are slightly larger than the 1/8” hole.

There are no interior cuts with this project, so it goes by pretty quickly.

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#1 posted 06-17-2014 08:32 AM

Nice looking tree. I know that the oak plywood I have used over the years would splinter pretty easily and I wondered it would be better cut from baltic birch or do you think it’s just the type of blade you are using?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 11:20 AM

If I do make more of these, I think I’ll use a smaller blade to prevent the splintering. I know you said you don’t like the spiral blades, but I really think I have a lot more control with them than regular blades.

I did run the pieces over my belt sander, and that worked pretty well for cleaning up the rough stuff… there will definitely be some refining by hand though.

It might be better with birch, but from a cost perspective, I think I did better with the oak.

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#3 posted 06-17-2014 06:38 PM

I do understand keeping the costs down…I am always trying lower priced woods and now doing glue ups to get those larger boards to work with. I have other friends who use spirals all the time and love them…perhaps I have tried cutting with them enough to learn.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 06-18-2014 05:14 AM

Great projest and wonderful idea!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 06-19-2014 01:17 AM

Great tree project

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 06-19-2014 10:31 AM

I did something like this a while back for a Christmas potluck. I drilled toothpicks into the leaves and stuffed cake balls on the tips. Yours is much nicer though!

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#7 posted 06-19-2014 07:50 PM

That’s an incredible scroll saw project! Neat job!

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