Step 2: Start Shaping the Box

Mark Powers putting together two sides of the x-mas tree box stand
Photo: Mark Weiss
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Cut four panels from ¼-inch plywood, making two of them ½ inch narrower than the other two. All four should be as tall as the legs you just made and wide enough so that when arranged to form a box they can easily accommodate the tree's pot. Glue and nail one of the panels so that it sits inside two of the legs, as shown.
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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw, circular saw, or handsaw to cut plywood
    • wire cable snips
      Tin snips
    • pneumatic pin gun
      Pneumatic pin nailer
    • miter saw
      Miter saw to fit cap
    • combination square
      Combination square to lay out measurements and marks
    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • one-and-a-half inch paintbrush
      1½-inch paintbrush
    • gloves
      Protective gloves

    Shopping List

    1. 1x1 Get one 8-foot length.

    2. 1x2 Get one 8-foot length.

    3. ¼-inch plywood Get a half sheet and it cut into five pieces: four for the box sides and one for the box's bottom.

    4. -inch nails for tacking in plywood.

    5. 1-inch nails for fastening 1x material.6. Wood glue

    7. Tin ceiling panel

    8. Vinyl adhesive caulk

    9. 1x4 Get one 6-foot length.

    10. 120-grit sandpaper

    11. Latex primer

    12. Latex paint in a color of your choice