How to Build a Simple Wooden Christmas Tree Stand Base

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Christmas trees are one of the main decorations used during the Christmas holidays. Tree stands are an important part of erecting the Christmas tree since they hold the tree upright and ensure that the tree doesn't lean. Although there are many commercial Christmas tree stands available, you can make one yourself out of basic hardware supplies. Making your own wooden Christmas tree stand requires basic woodworking knowledge but will be less expensive than getting a store-bought version.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-inch x 4-inch piece of wood
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • 1 1/2-inch screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Lay the 2-inch x 4-inch piece of wood on a flat surface and place a tape measure against it. Use a pencil to mark a four-foot long section. Cut the wood at the location of the pencil mark using a hand saw. Cut the resulting four-foot long piece of wood in half with the saw to create two pieces of wood that are each two feet long.

  • Mark the center of each board using the tape measure and pencil. Use a saw to cut a notch three-quarters of an inch deep and four inches wide into the center of each board.

  • Lay one board on the floor with the notch facing upward. Turn the other board so that the notch faces downward and insert it on top of the first board. Align the notched areas so that they fit perfectly together to form a cross or "X" shape.

  • Place a drill on the center of the top board just above the notched area. Drill four holes into the board that are positioned in a square pattern. Make sure that the drill holes extend partially into the lower board.

  • Insert one 1 1/2-inch screw into each hole and tighten them using a screwdriver.

  • Lay the tree on its side and place the center of the wooden tree stand against the bottom of the tree trunk. Attach the base to the tree by inserting three to four nails or screws.

References

  • Photo Credit christmas tree image by Lisa Turay from Fotolia.com
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