In this Instructable, I will show you how to build a pallet Christmas tree from scraps. I made this last fall, right before Christmas. So I know a lot of people that starts to buy Christmas presents in July. So why not get your Pallet Christmas Tree made ahead of time.
You will need the following:
Slat parts from an old pallet or wood scraps
A piece of 1x2 or a 2x4 ripped in half ( mine was 31" long)
Bandsaw, Circular Saw , Jigsaw or Handsaw
Titebond II glue
Nail Gun or Hammer
Nails or Screws
Paint ( I found some Green paint at Lowes, marked down)
Blue Painters tape and a Marker
Sandpaper 100 grit ( Sander optional)
Step 1: Pallet Scraps
Ok you will need some pallet or wood scraps. I had these pieces laying around from other pallet projects. I also had a 2x4 laying around, it was 31" long. I ripped it in half on the Table saw. You could use a 1x2, just make sure it's straight.
Step 2: Align Parts
Start with the longest piece of pallet slats first. Then find one about 2" shorter, and just work your way up.
You could also start with the smallest piece and work your way down.
A general rule of thumb, from the top down, each piece should be about 2" longer. So if the first piece is 4" wide, the next piece would be 6" wide or wider.
Step 3: Glue and Nail
Now that you have all your parts. Grab the Titebond II glue, place a little under each piece and nail to the 1x2. Use a piece of scrap 2x4 as a spacer, on its edge as shown.
Step 4: Tape
Grab the blue painters tape, align to the top as shown in the pictures. Measure from side to side and make sure they are equal. ( or at least close). I also used a Marker and trace it along the tape line ( just in case the tape came off)
Step 5: Bandsaw
If you have a Bandsaw, use it to cut along tape line. If you don't have a Bandsaw, you can use a Jigsaw, Circular Saw or Handsaw.
Step 6: Making the Tree Stand
Now that we have the tree shape cut, we need a stand for it. I found another piece of scrap. It was 17 1/4" long by 5 1/2" wide and 3/4" thick. Mark the center as shown in the pictures. Drill a hole with a 1/2" or 5/8" Spade bit, about 1/8" deep. We are doing this so the screw head won't stick out.
Also find the center on the bottom of the 1x2, as shown in the pictures. Use the same Spade bit, just start a place for the screw to start. Now install a 1 1/2" screw into it, tighten good. I also use a couple of staples to secure it. You could also add some glue.
Step 7: Sand
Sand the piece with some 100 grit sandpaper, you just want to knock down the edges, especially where we bandsaw the parts. Also sand the slats, specially if they are rough.
Step 8: Paint
Open your can of paint, and stir it real good, brush on a good coat, since this paint was Primer and Paint together, I only needed one coat. You might have to paint 2 or more coats to achieved the same results.
Step 9: Enjoy
Now enjoy your Christmas tree project, decorate it too your liking. I gave one to my Sister, and she added these Dollar store items. Thanks for checking out my Instuctable.