As my kids get older they become more independent and they take more pride in themselves and the things they accomplish. My son has really gotten into woodworking lately and has shown interest in building stuff with me. I let him know Countryside Workshop is a family business and is just as much his as it is mine. So hopefully one day he will want to take it over fully. He wanted to build a project with me and even asked to film it. So I gave him a list of quick projects that we could do and he chose to build a Christmas tree stand.
We have this 4' Christmas tree that he wanted to put upstairs in the game room but our plastic stand for it broke last year. We didn't have a lot of time to build so I tried to not make it an overly complicated design, plus I wanted my son to do a majority of the work. Off to the local Home Center to pick up a piece of 1x4 poplar. We needed nothing more than 4'.
The stand was going to be a 12" X with little feet. So we measured 12" and cut the first piece (rinse and repeat for the second 12" piece).
Then we needed a total of 6 1" feet. To speed this part up I marked all the lines and helped my son cut all the parts at the Ryobi Miter Saw.
Once we had all the parts cut up I grabbed the bottle of DAP RAPID Fuse Wood Adhesive because it is quick drying. I centered the two cross pieces, had Braydan apply glue, and then we used the Brad Nailer to shoot some nails.
Once we had the cross pieces joined together We added the feet. Apply a little glue and add some more nails.
I sanded all the parts and broke the edges with a hand plane. Then it was time for finish. I handed the piece to Braydan and told him to paint it anyway he wanted too. I think he did an awesome job!
Woodworking is something that was passed down to me from my grandfather and I am happy I get to pass it down to my son. I only hope that he keeps an interest in it, even if it is only for a hobby. We will be doing many more projects in the coming year so stick around and watch the fun we get to have.