Introduction: Last Years Chrismas Tree/This Years Ornament

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Step 1: Materials and Tools

This instructable was merely a dream 11 months ago when I was preparing my Christmas tree to be a crappie bed. Hope you enjoy

A 14" piece of Leland Cyprus

Bandsaw

Lathe

Drill press

80,110,&220 grit sandpaper

Varnish

Step 2: Chop and Shape

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I wanted to make a non traditional spinal. Started off by cutting off all those pesky limbs.

Setup on the lathe and make a blank. Now gradually making the shape and leaving the top to make a hanger hole later on.

Step 3: Cutting the Hanger

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First cut parrallel cuts to taper down. Cut out circle 90degrees from this. Center drill a 1/2" hole and sand sand sand!!!

Step 4: Varnish

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Lightly rub varnish on and off with a tshirt. And present to the family.

Step 5: Voilà

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Looks like I'm gonna be on the "knotty list".

Comments

monkeyB1 (author)2015-01-03

nice one though.

clay zaunbrecher (author)2014-12-19

great job! I made one out of Fraser fir from last years tree and and a scrap piece of cherry I had lying around

Ysabeau (author)2014-12-14

It is a good symbol of life! Awesome.

NYCitySlicker (author)2014-12-13

Very cool! Wish I had a lathe!

NathanSellers (author)2014-12-12

I really like this. It males me wish I had a lathe.

mperrault1 (author)2014-12-12

A little macabre :)

What an awesome idea! I love it!

seolfor (author)2014-12-12

Nice!

nell137 (author)2014-12-11

Great idea! It would be a fun tradition to do every year!

kbc2 (author)2014-12-11

That is very cool. Eventually I will have a lathe and be able to create some awesome stuff like that.

tomatoskins (author)2014-12-11

That's a large ornament. I like it!

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