Step 1: Materials & Tools
The two shops behind mine always have old pallets laying around so I got mine for free from them. I brought them home & washed them off.
I had an old 3x4 in the basement (for the main trunk of the tree).
As for tools this year we only needed a few things.
-Skillsaw (or chopsaw)
-Speed Square (or any Square)
As a side note I love using corded drills to drive screws. I know that we live in the world of 87volt cordless tools (ok maybe a slight exaggeration), & don't get me wrong I have them. but if I can get a corded version of a tool to where I'm working, I do.