Ladies’ Night 2019 was a huge success! Thanks to all of the women who turned out for our events in Riverhead on December 5 and Westerly on December 12. Ladies’ Night is our annual DIY project night where we break out the power tools and get to work. Past projects have included a wall shelf, a raised planter box, a chalkboard, and some other home décor items.
To get started, our mill shop was able to help us out by ripping 1 X 6 Northern Pine down to 1 X 4. (This wood is not in stock in 1 X 4.) To avoid having to cut down wider boards at home, you could substitute 1 X 4 #2 pine which is smooth on all sides, or any other type of wood of your choice. The look of different woods varies, as does the price.
For the backer board to hold all of our tree branches, we used a 28” piece of wood. This can be 1 X 2, 1 X 3 or 1 X 4, depending upon how wide you want it to be. We used 1 X4 Northern Pine. Assembly is quick and easy. Lay the tree branches out in order, from top to bottom, face down. You’ll be assembling this from the back. This is the time to experiment with the look, and decide if you want all of your branches pushed tight together or if you want to add a little spacing. Lay the 28” backer board along the back of your branches from top to bottom. Use the measurements on our instruction sheet to center it. Once you’re satisfied with the placement, take a second to draw a pencil line down one side, across all branches. If your pieces shift during assembly, you can use the line as a guide to move them back into place. Add 2 screws through the backer board to secure each cross piece. For those who wanted even spacing, a pencil turned out to give the perfect distance in between each branch. Lay a pencil along the edge of the board, and snug the next board up to it before screwing it in place.
If you follow along with all of the cuts on our instruction sheet, you should end up a scrap piece. This can be used to create a trunk for your tree, or an optional base for it to stand on its own. Take a look at some of our photos and videos for inspiration.
Some of the tools used in our project are on sale, don’t miss out on an opportunity to gift yourself or someone special with a handy cordless drill/driver or other power tool. From now through year end, buy 2 cordless bare tools (no battery included), and we’ll give you a bonus battery starter kit with 2 20V batteries, a charger, and a canvas kit bag, while supplies last.