Want to take your Christmas decorations to the next level? If you’re a confident handyman (or woman!) then this homemade Christmas tree box stand should be no problem!
1) Measure first
Before you start, first make sure your wood is completely dried. Then measure out the base that holds your Christmas tree. This either is a round base or a X base, both will have a maximum dimension, use this to create the inside of your box.
2) Then cut!
Using 1×6 MicroPro Sienna (MPS) fence boards, cut the height you require for the outside of your box. Add 1.5″ to each length to allow clearance off the floor. To count the number of boards per face, divide the width by 5.5″ and then you will know the amount required. So for 20″ face you will need 4, as the actual number is 3.6.
3) Plan the frame
Create a frame using 2×2 MPS. Cut the vertical pieces to match the height of your fence boards, then use the inside measurement you took from the base and cut the horizontal pieces at this length plus 1″ for clearance.
4) Start building the frame
Screw the horizontal 2×2 pieces to the vertical 2×2 pieces to create a cube frame.
5) Finish the frame!
Now mark the centre and attach your first fence board to the centre of the frame and work your way left and right of the centre to make a symmetrical pattern. Mark any overhang with a pencil and then simply rip it on the table saw.
6) Create a floor
For the inside, you’ll need to measure the distance between the walls, take this number and cut more fence boards and then nail them in place to create a floor that is on top of the lower portion of the frame.
7) Create a top lip
If you want to get extra fancy, take a 2×4 and cut it to match the size of the opening of your box so that it overhangs the outer edge and lies flush with the inside. Pre-drill and screw it into place to create a top lip.
You have now completed the perfect Christmas tree box stand – feel free to add an “X” pattern on the front or a “V” to give it a little more detail.
Chris Palmer is a DIY specialist and Canada’s favourite handyman.