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Light Up Holiday Tree



Every holiday season, I have the urge to come up with another wood tree. This year’s version is an easy DIY tree with a light up feature. The only lumber involved was a 1" x 10" x 6’ board, and there was enough leftover scrap, to make more than one.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      To make all the cuts for this double layer tree, I set my miter saw to 10°.

    2. Step: 2

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      After each cut, I flipped the board over. No need to change the angle on the saw.

    3. Step: 3

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      The top and bottom parts of the tree are basically two 4-sided boxes. This means there are 2 sides to each box that are wider than the other two. Here is a photo of the bottom section, with measurements.

    4. Step: 4

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      Measurements for the top section.

    5. Step: 5

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      I decided to do a layer of paint before I drilled the holes. (I wanted to avoid having paint collect in the holes, which is what would have happened if I painted it after the holes were drilled.)

    6. Step: 6

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      Next, I drilled some random holes. I left some space to add smaller holes once I assembled it. I wanted to see it in “tree form” before I committed to all the hole placement.

    7. Step: 7

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      I used wood glue and my Airstrike nailer to assemble the two “boxes”.

    8. Step: 8

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      Here’s a look at the bottom section after I nailed it together.

    9. Step: 9

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      There was a tiny lip on the top edge thanks to the taper, so I just sanded it down.

    10. Step: 10

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      Next, I added some smaller holes.

    11. Step: 11

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      Then, I lazily added some lighter green paint.

    12. Step: 12

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      To incorporate the light up feature, I simply stuffed a small strand of LED Christmas lights inside, then placed the top onto the tree. (I used LED lights, because they do not get hot like the traditional incandescent ones.) Now I have a little light up holiday tree! Thanks for reading!

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Light Up Holiday Tree

by My Altered State
Oct 26, 2015
Medium 2f5d2c52 5859 4f02 ad6d 1c4a825a2eef

Every holiday season, I have the urge to come up with another wood tree. This year’s version is an easy DIY tree with a light up feature. The only lumber involved was a 1" x 10" x 6’ board, and there was enough leftover scrap, to make more than one.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 8163f093 3c2a 4d4d a630 47487101efec

    To make all the cuts for this double layer tree, I set my miter saw to 10°.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 506f96a0 dc5c 4b86 b4c0 c4b50a21a980

    After each cut, I flipped the board over. No need to change the angle on the saw.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 65f7f2a5 b429 4754 98e0 501c24e03582

    The top and bottom parts of the tree are basically two 4-sided boxes. This means there are 2 sides to each box that are wider than the other two. Here is a photo of the bottom section, with measurements.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 9f803155 20eb 4763 bae6 8c9062b653a5

    Measurements for the top section.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge d895d4e3 4651 48fb 9830 cffbb5fb1aae

    I decided to do a layer of paint before I drilled the holes. (I wanted to avoid having paint collect in the holes, which is what would have happened if I painted it after the holes were drilled.)

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 333f1475 24d7 4729 94b7 9b5e8fc8fe00

    Next, I drilled some random holes. I left some space to add smaller holes once I assembled it. I wanted to see it in “tree form” before I committed to all the hole placement.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 3ca86d59 2282 493d 93a6 223af4e869b8

    I used wood glue and my Airstrike nailer to assemble the two “boxes”.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 40dc01e5 5eea 4484 9d65 3c8c641501d9

    Here’s a look at the bottom section after I nailed it together.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge fd57d113 3c19 460e 9c88 03fbb1f1b5ce

    There was a tiny lip on the top edge thanks to the taper, so I just sanded it down.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 2bc88e58 2c23 48d6 849c 180b12eaff57

    Next, I added some smaller holes.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 09b8ee95 be24 49c9 b1d9 54008b56c8d4

    Then, I lazily added some lighter green paint.

  12. Step: 12
    Huge 3f3735b4 b621 471b b864 0ea84bb416e0

    To incorporate the light up feature, I simply stuffed a small strand of LED Christmas lights inside, then placed the top onto the tree. (I used LED lights, because they do not get hot like the traditional incandescent ones.) Now I have a little light up holiday tree! Thanks for reading!