Christmas tree stand made out of oak wood

our new wooden Christmas tree stand

Our wooden Christmas tree stand: a quick project, built in a few hours before decorating the Christmas tree. Last year we promised our kids that in 2020 we will have a natural Christmas tree. For years we decorated an 240 cm high artificial Christmas tree, so we were not prepared with a stand for this one. We only had a few hours to build it because they were very impatient.

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How we built a special Christmas tree stand

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We quickly established the most important requirements:

  • the Christmas tree stand should be built out of hardwood: it had to be heavy and strong
  • we wanted to use wood scraps left from various other older projects. We didn’t want to waste good wood for such a small project
  • it had to have a special design, to somehow stand out

Starting from all these things, we decided to build our new Christmas tree stand out of 5 cm thick oak scraps. We searched and we found some long enough scraps for such a project:

we used 5 cm thick oak wood scraps to build the Christmas tree stand
The 5 cm thick oak wood scraps

1. I drew the two elements of the stand on a piece of plywood: the shape of the legs and circle for the cylindrical frame.

we drew on a piece of plywood the shape for the cylindrical frame and for the four legs
Drawing the shape of the leg and of the cylindrical frame

2. I cut the two templates using the bandsaw. We were going to use them as templates for repetitive cuts: four legs and 8 quarters of a circle (for the cylindrical frame).

cutting the plywood template of the legs of the Christmas tree stand
Building the template for the legs of the Christmas tree stand

For cutting the outer circle of the round template, I used the method described in this post where we show you how to build a bandsaw circle cutting jig to cut a perfect circle . I will not insist here too much, you can find more details there.

we cut the outer circle, using the bandsaw circle cutting jig
Cutting the outer circle of the template

We cut the inner circle of the template using the bandsaw using the same jig, just a new hole, closer to the blade. The most important thing was for the outer surface to look as good as possible. But we tried to make the inner surface as clean as possible, too.

I cut the new circle into four pieces. Basically I used a quarter circle as a template.

the new circle will be used as template to cutout 12 square of circles used for building the cylindrical frame
The cutout template

3. After building the template for the legs, I realized that the shape didn’t look that good. I decided to make some adjustments: I made one more cutout and got the final shape of the legs.

I modified the template for the legs of the Christmas tree stand
Drawing the new shape of the legs

4. We used the same method to cut both the legs and the pieces of the cylindrical frame. I cut them using the bandsaw after drawing the shape on the oak wood boards:

  • I planned the oak wood scraps on all the sides, using only the thicknesser machine. It was not important for the faces to be perpendicular to each other, I just needed two paralel faces.
  • I drew the shapes I needed using the templates
  • I cut them on the bandsaw
I cut out the legs of the wooden Christmas tree stand using the bandsaw
Cutting out the legs of the Christmas tree stand
I cut out the pieces of oak wood needed for building the cylindrical frame
Cutting out the oak wood pieces for the cylindrical frame

These are the four legs for the Christmas tree stand, before routing, sanding and finishing them:

the four legs for the wooden tree stand
The four legs for the wooden Christmas tree stand

I arranged the 8 pieces building the cylindrical frame, before gluing them with water based adhesive. I took care to stagger them in a brick pattern to get the required strength:

I arranged all the oak wood pieces in order to build the cylindrical frame
Building the cylindrical frame

5. I glued the cylindrical stand using water based adhesive, power tape and many F clamps. After the adhesive dried, I filled the small spaces and other imperfections with two parts putty.

I glued and tightened the cylindrical frame of the wooden tree stand
Gluing and tightening the cylindrical frame

6. In the meantime, I have planed a narrower and thinner oak board that will have a double role:

  • to increase the strength of the cylindrical frame
  • to facilitate my work while installing the Christmas tree in the stand
the narrow oak wood plank used to increase the strength of the stand
The narrow oak wood plank

7. I secured two MDF scraps with screws to be able to make some cutouts on the bottom edge of the cylinder frame. For these cuts, I used a bearing copy straight router bit. After routing, I removed the MDF scraps used as template and I screwed the narrow board in the cutout.

the MDF scraps used for routing the edge of the cylindrical frame
The template for routing the cutout

I rounded the sharp edges of the legs and the edges of the cylindrical frame, using a round over router bit with medium radius.

this is the round edge forming router bit used to round the edges of the legs and of the cylindrical frame
The round edge forming router bit

After rounding all the edges, the legs and the frame looked way better and closer to their final look:

  • the legs of the tree stand
the aspect of the tree stand legs after routing the edges
The new look of the tree stand legs
  • the frame of the tree stand
the way the cylindrical frame looks after rounding the corners
The rounded edge of the frame

9. I wanted to fasten the legs to the cylindrical frame using screws, from the inside to the outside. In order to do that, the contact surface had to be as large as possible. So, we drew a rounded line on one end of the legs (using the cylindrical frame as template), in order to be able to cut them using the bandsaw.

i drew a round line in order to cut the end of the leg using the bandsaw
Drawing the round line

10. I sanded all the parts of the stand with 80 grit sandpaper using the belt sander and then with 120 on the orbital sander. I did a test assembly before the final finish.

I assembled the tree stand in order to see how all the parts match
The first assembly of the oak wood stand

11. When I was sure everything fitted as it should:

  • I applied oil to the legs
i applied the first layer of oil on the legs of the tree stand
Applying the first layer of oil
  • I applied two layers of white water based paint to the cylindrical frame
i painted the frame with water based white paint
Applying two layers of water based paint

We assembled the stand again, and this is what we got:

our new wooden Christmas tree stand
The oak wood Christmas tree stand

Regarding the installation of the Christmas tree in the wooden stand, we recommend you to watch the video posted on our YouTube channel, because it is more difficult to explain in words. And when you do it, don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to see the latest movies and even the oldest ones!

we just installed the Christmas tree
The Christmas tree installed into the new wooden stand

Merry Christmas everyone!

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