Friday, May 22, 2009


This is the ultimate recycled wood project! My neighbor took down some old dead pine trees, so I ask him for some of the dried branches and made some novel items, this is one.
1 Section of pine branch 3" dia. x 6" long
1 Section of pine branch 1" dia. x 8" long
Wood Glue and Finish

Saw, drill & bits, hatchet, pocket knife, and router
1. Cut 6" piece of 3" dia. pine branch, and shave off the bark leaving traces of inter bark.
2. Split the 6" piece into 2 equal pieces with hatchet and sand the flat side of one piece(smooth with jointer if available).
3. Drill a 3/4" hole 1" in from each end of 6" piece(center the hole on rounded area and make 5/8" deep, see drawing).
4. Cut the 8" x 1" piece into two 4" pieces and remove bark, shave one end to fit 3/4" holes in base.
5. Router a 3/8" wide x 1/4" deep x 2 1/4" long groove in the center of one side of the 2 pieces(from the top as in drawing), if you don't have a router you can drill a series of holes and use a chisel.
6. Dry fit the 2 post into the 3/4" holes in the base and try a business card for fit into the 2 grooves(if the card is to tight router the groove deeper).
7. Lightly sand all pieces, but leave rough for more rustic look.
8. Glue the 2 post into the holes in the base with the grooves facing each other.
9. Add a finish to the card holder to suit your taste, put peel and stick felt pads on bottom.

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