Step 1: Cut a 6” piece of 3/4” dowel with a 45-degree cut on one end. Attach the flat end to a 4” x 4” treated post cap by driving a 1-1/2” wood screw from the underside of the cap into the dowel to form the trunk of the tree.
Step 2: Cut a 4” piece and a 2” piece of 3/4” dowel, both with 45-degree miters on one end. Glue them together at a 90-degree angle to form an L-shape and let dry. Then glue the combined piece to the top of the 6” piece to split the trunk.
Step 3: Use 22.5-degree, 45-degree, and 90-degree miter settings to cut several pieces of 1/2” and 3/8” dowel in lengths ranging from 3” to 5”. Glue them to the two 3/4” dowels branching up from the 6” piece to form the large branches of the tree.
Step 4: Cut several 1/4” dowels into pieces ranging from 1” to 4” and glue to the larger dowels. Repeat as desired to complete the tree.
Step 5: Paint the tree if desired and let dry. (We used Valspar Signature Twist of Lime.)
Step 6: Glue the post cap to a 6” x 6” porcelain wall tile and clamp until dry.
This article is excerpted from Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine.
For more information, visit www.lowes.com.
Copyright© 2014 RISMedia, The Leader in Real Estate Information Systems and Real Estate News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be republished without permission from RISMedia.
Content on this website is copyrighted and may not be redistributed without express written permission from RISMedia. Access to RISMedia archives and thousands of articles like this, as well as consumer real estate videos, are available through RISMedia's REsource Licensed Content Solutions. Offering the industry’s most comprehensive and affordable content packages. Click here to learn more! http://resource.rismedia.com