For Christmas this 12 months I constructed a wood crate to carry one in every of my Christmas Bushes. You additionally may use it as a planter (I could add a boxwood or one thing to it after Christmas is over.)
In the event you aren’t a builder however would slightly BUY a wood crate, scroll to the underside of the publish to see the place you could find them commercially!
Proper now it’s within the playroom with of my smaller bushes, however for some time I had it arrange exterior on my entrance patio. I truly need to make one other one for my different bushes!
I additionally love the weathered driftwood end. That is the primary time I tried that and I do know I shall be utilizing it extra typically, I really like the way it got here out.
So how did I construct it and keep inside the guidelines of the problem (no new supplies.. solely use scraps you have already got mendacity round)?
Properly, for sure, I had a ton of items of scrap lumber, since I by no means throw something away. .
For me the largest drawback is that they have been all random sizes, widths, and even THICKNESSES. I had 2x4s, 1x3s, 1x5s, outdated items of pallets, some fencing, 2x2s, trim boards and a ton of cull lumber that was in unhealthy form or warped.
After standing again and finding out my stash I spotted I had probably the most size within the left over items of tongue and groove boards I used to make my West Elm Impressed Mirror. I used the “groove” facet and minimize off greater than half the board with the tongue (the big items within the photograph under).
I wished to reuse these boards however I needed to minimize the tongue off and make all of them a regular width.
As soon as once more I used my Kreg Rip-Reduce. and it labored nice. I used to be left with “almost 2×4” boards. (they have been extra like 2×3.5) As a result of these boards are minimize down by hand, I’m not together with measurements for this publish.. since none of that is normal lumber.
I didn’t have sufficient of my ‘2x4s’ to construct the entire field, so I needed to improvise with some 2x2s on one facet.
Subsequent I needed to make the inset boards for the flat areas of the field. I didn’t have sufficient plywood however I did have LOTS of random boards in numerous widths. Enter the pocket gap Jig (on this case the Kreg K4)
I laid the boards flat on the bottom and hooked up them facet by facet with pocket holes. The important thing was retaining one facet FLAT adjoining the ground.. For the reason that boards have been all barely totally different thickness the bottom of the boards will not be degree, however that doesn’t matter since it’s the inside the field. As soon as I had bunch of boards put collectively, I snapped a line for the proper complete width and ripped it down with the Rip Reduce.
Subsequent I needed to insert the panels into the frames. I used blocks to ensure the overhang of the body was precisely the identical for all of the boards. Since a number of the boards have been warped and totally different thicknesses, as soon as once more, it solely mattered what they seemed like from the surface..
So you’ll be able to see the within is kinda a multitude of random boards. Ah sure.. the great thing about working with junky scrap lumber. I assembled the ultimate field after which it was time to trim it out. (The field has no backside or no high.. I could convert it to a planter later so I didn’t assume it wanted a backside)
Since (per the problem) I couldn’t purchase trim for the surface, I used some outdated shims I had leftover from my valentine’s day coronary heart I made final 12 months. They weren’t lengthy sufficient to go finish to finish so I needed to butt them up finish to finish after which minimize the corners off with a field cutter. As a result of they’re shims they’re tapered, so I all the time had the thick finish within the middle of the X and minimize off the thinner finish.
I used glue and ending staples to carry them on.
And right here is the completed field. I didn’t need it to be uncooked wooden so I used a pattern of “Driftwood Weathering End” I acquired at a weblog convention.
That stuff is admittedly cool. You simply add the powder to water after which paint it in your piece. It offers a unique outcome relying on the wooden sort (you’ll be able to see the one darkish redwood boards on the left facet of the field on this photograph) I cherished the way it seemed outdated and sunbleached. Like this was actually an outdated crate.
So.. how did I get the tree to face up within the field? Properly.. I couldn’t use the stand that got here with the tree.. I needed to create a smaller one. For that I used a small trick or deal with bucket and a size of PVC pipe I had leftover from the DIY Soccer Aim. I first taped the underside of the pipe so no concrete would get inside.
Then I blended up some mortar combine and inserted the pipe into the middle.
Let it dry just a few hours and minimize the pipe down with a pipe cutter or hacksaw.
I put it within the middle of the field (I needed to prop it on high of a paint can to be excessive sufficient)
And I added my tree.
You guys.. I simply love this a lot! I could apply it to my actual full dimension tree subsequent 12 months. (that is my house saving smaller tree that goes within the youngsters’ playroom) as a result of it got here out so a lot better than I believed it might. I’m so glad Sandra challenged us to this!
Commercially Obtainable Christmas Tree Bins:
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A cottage within the metropolis:
Now it’s time to share your initiatives, or see the opposite bloggers who stepped up the sCrap wooden problem.
Listed here are the main points for the sCrap Wooden Problem:
Anybody who need to take part is welcome to hitch. In the event you weblog, you’ll be able to hyperlink up under. In the event you don’t weblog, share your undertaking on Instagram, Fb or Twitter and use #scrapwoodchallenge and tag @SawdustGirl so she will be able to see what you made and possibly characteristic you!Guidelines:
No new lumber will be bought, it should come out of your scrap wooden pile or some free wooden you discovered on the facet of the street.
You might use new fasteners, glue, paint, stain or no matter end you need.
This can be a constructing problem, so no refinishing initiatives. Sorry.This can be a “Only for Enjoyable” problem to make use of up a few of these scraps. There isn’t a judging and no prize aside from your individual satisfaction for a job nicely executed! (And hopefully a smaller scrap pile.)
The hyperlink up will shut subsequent Monday (Nov 29th) so you do not have a lot time..
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