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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

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

    2. Step: 2

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

    3. Step: 3

      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

      Measurements for the top section.

    5. Step: 5

      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

      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

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

    8. Step: 8

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

    9. Step: 9

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

    10. Step: 10

      Next, I added some smaller holes.

    11. Step: 11

      Then, I lazily added some lighter green paint.

    12. Step: 12

      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

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

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

  2. Step: 2

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

  3. Step: 3

    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

    Measurements for the top section.

  5. Step: 5

    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

    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

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

  8. Step: 8

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

  9. Step: 9

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

  10. Step: 10

    Next, I added some smaller holes.

  11. Step: 11

    Then, I lazily added some lighter green paint.

  12. Step: 12

    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!