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Around this time of year, it's become a tradition to come up with an alternative Christmas tree idea. This year is no exception!
The inspiration for this year's tree is from a visit to Epcot at Walt Disney World. Steph took the boat ride in the Land Pavilion and saw their version of a ladder tree, which became the model for ours. Take a look at how it came together!
The first step was to measure and cut the shelves from the 12' board. We actually cut four, but only used the 4', 3 1/2', and 2 1/2' boards. The DeWalt circular saw was fitted with the Diablo blade to make the cuts. A good tip is to use a large metal carpenter's square to help keep your cut straight. It acts like a fence to aide in cutting.
We used the Ridgid pneumatic (powered by a compressor) finish nailer to secure our cross bars to the legs. The two cross bars are 1" apart, although we think 1 1/2" might have been better. The design of this ladder lends itself to customization by the builder. You can build more or fewer shelves depending on what you are displaying.
Prior to staining, we used a pre-stain conditioner on the shelves. It made such a difference in the way the stain went on. We also stained the bottoms of the shelves, but didn't use the conditioner. The bottoms, which you won't see on the finished tree, did not take the stain evenly at all. The conditioner is really worth the extra effort.
I really like this year's alternative Christmas tree, especially since it gets to stay at my house this year! I'll be looking forward to swapping out my Christmas decor for my plants that need to winter inside.
What would you display on a ladder tree?
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Steph & Vicki
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