• This Christmas tree shelf unit is made of pine, which is planted, grown and harvested in a sustainable manner. The small trees we purchase on the side of the road usually are not. It is also reusable, making it a somewhat "greener" option than a traditional tree.
• The method used to construct the shelves (‘branches’) of this tree is such that it allows for the tree to be easily put together and disassembled.
• As an alternative, you could construct the joints by cutting opposing channels in the upright plank and shelves, and gluing and slotting these in place. This is a more permanent (and stronger) alternative.
Quick project guide
Hard labour: 3/10
Skill level: 4/10
Time needed: about four hours (excluding drying time)
Do it yourself for: ±R650
A one 2400 x 305 x 22mm laminated pine plank (base structure) cut to:
– one 600mm (bottom)
– two 450mm (sides)
– one 900mm (top)
B one 2400 x 144 x 22mm pine plank (upright) cut to 2000mm
C one 2400 x 220 x 22mm pine plank (shelves) cut to:
– one 1000mm
– one 700mm
– one 500mm
– one 200mm (off-cut for the star)
D one 1800 x 220 x 22mm pine plank (shelves) cut to:
– one 900mm
– one 300mm
• four hinges
• 16mm screws (for hinges)
• two 1000mm X 10mm wooden dowels
• medium sandpaper (120 grit)
• paintbrush and foam roller
• cordless drill
• 10mm drill bit
• combination square
• sharp pencil
- Cut the 1000mm x 10mm wooden dowels into 120mm long sections. You will need 12 of these.
- Enlarge the star template to roughly 180mm wide and trace it onto the 200mm off cut. Cut out the shape using the jigsaw. Also cut a 20mm-wide slot along one side to fit onto the upright.
- Give the tree a once over with 120-grit sandpaper (especially along the edges!) and then use the paintbrush and roller to coat the entire structure with the colour(s) of your choice. We painted our ‘tree’ silver and the base white and added presents wrapped in red, black, white and silver to create that complete Christmas picture.
• Fold the two 450mm sides up at angles
• Position the slots at each end of the 900mm top over the cut outs of the sides and slide into place – this creates the base for the tree
• Now slide the upright through the slot in the top and into the slot in the bottom
• Fit the dowels in place (at the 400mm line) in the upright, just below the top; this will help to give the tree some rigidity
• Now place a set of dowels in the next pair of holes and place the 1000mm shelf in position by sliding it over the upright from the top; it will rest on these dowels
• Repeat this process with each successive shelf until you have completed the tree
• Use the diagram as reference, if necessary. The star is placed on last.
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