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Project by bugradx2 posted 11-30-2020 08:49 PM 541 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We bought a new Christmas tree this year and my wife wanted to do something different from the usual tree skirt. She doesn’t request too many projects out of the shop so it automatically went to the top of the list. She found an example on pinterest and asked me to replicate it. The idea is for it to look like the tree is sitting in a crate.

I spent some time on Sketchup drawing out different sizes for the face frame and “X” pieces so my wife could see how everything would look and it helped us both out a great deal because she got to see some different options on wood sizes and I got to figure out some of the measurements.

The box is made with select pine because she (and I) doesn’t like the knotty pine look. I set it up so that it surrounds the base of the tree with an inch or so across the major dimensions for wiggle room.

I’ve never done the “X” pattern in a frame before and laid the pieces over the top of the face frame and traced where the X needed to be. I used the band saw and my sander to trim and sand to the lines. That allowed the pieces to just lay right in where they needed to be and held everything in place with a few brads and glue.

I used some Minwax dark walnut stain that I had in the cabinet and then put a couple coats of a spray poly over the top of it. I hadn’t really tried using a spray before but really liked it and it did help speed things along a little bit.

The box actually comes apart in two halves that are joined with regular door hinges in the middle. We were able to find the swing latches that join the open sides at Rockler, I think they make a nice touch to the non hinged sides of the box and a great visual appeal too.

Thanks for checking it out

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time





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splinterhead

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#1 posted 11-30-2020 09:00 PM

Very cool idea. My wife would live this… i guess ill show her :)

-- Dylan, O-H-I-O

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bugradx2

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#2 posted 11-30-2020 11:37 PM

Thanks very much, it went together pretty easily and she’s happy with the results.


Very cool idea. My wife would live this… i guess ill show her :)

- splinterhead


-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#3 posted 12-01-2020 02:27 PM

Very nice, this is on my list to make for next Christmas

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#4 posted 12-01-2020 10:14 PM



Very nice, this is on my list to make for next Christmas

- Notw

Thanks very much

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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