Magazine article Sunset

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Magazine article Sunset

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

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Out of fabricated wood sheets, that is. You can make this outdoor "tree" in a weekend

A DECORATED OUTDOOR tree is a cheery way to announce the holiday season. For those who don't have a conifer growing in their front yard, this version makes a good substitute. It's always green, and it can be easily taken apart and stored once the holidays are over.

The freestanding tree is simply two conifer-shaped silhouettes slotted together at right angles. They're cut from sheets of 7/16-inch oriented strand board (OSB), which is made of small strips of wood fiber that have been glued and compressed. (Look for the kind with both sides rough.) Rated for exterior use, OSB comes in 4- by 8-foot panels available at many home supply centers for about $10.

MAKING THE TREE

In addition to two sheets of OSB, you will need a saber saw, an electric drill with a 3/8-inch bit, a marking pen, 1 quart of green paint, a paint roller and brush, a box of 1/2-inch eye screws, and needle-nose pliers.

First, cut one sheet to the height you want the tree to be, and the other a few inches shorter (to make the tree shown here, we cut our sheets to measure 80 and 76 inches tall). …

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