We saw Stacked Wood Christmas Trees at The Cross Roads Collective in Invermere, British Columbia. The Car Guy said, “We could make one of those, you know”, and I thought, “Sure we could, but will we?”
Many months later, we made our first trees. This is a project, though, that actually took many years to come together. This is why, and here are the instructions:
1. I married a man who keeps everything.
2. We bought a cabin with copper pipe plumbing that ran under the open underbelly of the cabin. The pipes sometimes froze and split if we had hard frosts after we turned the water on for the season. The Car Guy changed out the pipes for flexible plastic tubing that didn’t burst as easily. He brought the copper pipes home, because he might need them some day.
4. The Red House needed a new deck. The Car Guy built one, and salvaged any good wood, because he might need it some day.
5. A heavy snowfall broke many branches off the trees around The Red House. The Car Guy and I piled all the wood up in various locations on our property – because we might need it some day.
6. Some day eventually arrived. The Car Guy used the salvaged deck lumber to build the X shaped bases for the Stacked Wood Christmas Trees.
7. He cut 4 feet (1.2 meters) off one of the 3/4 inch (1.9 centimeter) pieces of copper tubing. Then he drilled a hole in the center of his X-shaped base, and stuck one end of the copper tubing into the hole.
8. Then The Car Guy taught me how to use the electric chop saw. I went to work cutting the long broken branches from the trees into shorter pieces. (The longest was 3.5 feet (1.1 meters).) When I had them cut up into the right lengths, The Car Guy drilled a hole in the middle of each branch with his drill press. (The Car Guy has an excellent selection of tools that he buys because he might need them some day.)
9. I laid out the branches in the order I wanted to stack them, then ‘threaded’ them onto the copper pipe.
Ta Da! The completed Stacked Wood Christmas Tree.
I also made a star for the top. I cut 5 pieces of branch, equal lengths and laid them out in a 5 pointed star shape. The Car Guy used his air gun nailer to tack them together, then we nailed it to the top branch.
Measure twice and cut once – there’s no board stretcher in the tool kit.
The words ‘Hoarded Ordinaries’ came to mind when I watched The Car Guy drag this and that out from here and there until he finally had all the components to make these trees.
What sort of things do you or your spouse ‘hoard’ and what unanticipated use did you finally make from the stash?