Christmas Tree Forrest
This one I was inspired by a Pinterest post i saw week prior. I used a 10” x 3/4” poplar board I got at the Depot, and three sheets of Balsa wood. I first took my cordless 20V drill, and inserted the heavy duty carbon steel metal wheel and started scraping inbetween the grain across the entire board. Poplar is a very soft hardwood with a hardness rating a 540, so it was not that difficult to scrap out the wood (although 10’ of it really did a number on my arm). I wanted to add a little depth to the front of the wood to simulate something in regards to leafs.
I drew out three templates for three different size trees in the three sheets of Balsa wood. I then traced them onto the poplar board and then cut the board into smaller boards with the band saw. Once they were cut to 4-6 trees per board cut, then i started cutting each tree out on the band saw. After all trees were cut out, I stained them with General Finishes Green and the trunks of the trees with a Minwax Stain that I cant remember which brown. Then after they dried, each one was glued with Titbond the bottom and to each other tree it made physical contact with. Finally, each tree got a brad nail through the bottom after the glue dried to ensure tree securement to the bottom.