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This set of Christmas tree-shaped shelves came about because we have a puppy to whom pine needles are some sort of canine equivalent of catnip and whose behavior around wrapped things inevitably results in rapid shredding thereof. We thought about various solutions for a while, and present tree [sic] came up with this design. It was made using scrap plywood, knocks down for storage, and has close to 6' of linear shelf storage for presents. It can be decorated conventionally, but doesn't need watering...
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Step 1: Materials and tools

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You need plywood (5/8" and 3/8") and saws for this project. I used a circular saw with a home-made guide and a miter saw. It was assembled with a nailgun and wood glue and half a dozen screws. Paint for finishing. I had no budget to make these shelves but I did have a lot of left over bits of plywood from other projects and some green paint, so it was a freebie.

Step 2: Design

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There were a few constraints for the design. The longest piece of plywood I had was 1640 mm long. The tree had to knock down easily so we could store it. I sketched out a rough plan on paper and refined it using Sketchup. The shelves are 300 mm apart, with the two sides offset by 100 mm. The other piece of plywood I had was 400 mm wide, so that's how deep the tree ended up. The Sketchup file below was close to the final version I ended up cutting out (note: it's been uploaded as a .zip file, because the file uploader doesn't seem to allow .skp extensions any more). The main difference is that the shelves ended up sitting on top of the branches, rather than being fitted inside them.

Step 3: Cut

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This was a complicated exercise in careful layout. I measured and cut each piece one at a time, making an effort to minimize waste. The long cuts were made using a circular saw + guide, and the shorter ones with the miter saw.
Cindy021 year ago
That's so creative!
I think you should put racks on the trunk, but other than that its pretty good. :)
What an awesome idea! I love it! :D
This is super cool
rachl0092 years ago
this is a great idea, I really like it!
Lorddrake2 years ago
Love it.