I made a jewelry display stand that can sit on a dresser or desk. It's really sweet and Zen looking. I'll show you how I make it. Check out the video to get some inspiration...
Step 1: Video Fast Paced, You'll Get the Idea
Step 2: Natural Tree Branch
I had some branches and trunks sitting outside drying for a year. I kept these because the trees I trimmed are native to my area. I just thought that I'd make something nice from them one day.
So this is the dried branch from one of those trees on my property. The bark is peeling but I want to remove the outer layer so I can work with it better.
Step 3: Remove Bark
I'll use my angle grinder and a rasp wheel to remove all the dried and crumbling bark.
The bark came off pretty quick. Well, I did put some elbow grease into it to tell the truth. But the lumber underneath was well worth the effort.
Step 4: Measure and Cut
So after I removed the bark, I measured about 10 inches of branch. I used a jig saw to cut the branch.
I used the jig saw to cut a few sections off. These will become the horizontal parts for the jewelry to rest on.
Step 5: Sand and Drill Holes
So let's use a belt sander to smooth out these branches a little more. After a bit more sanding we can move to the next step...
I took a couple of dowels to use as posts. These will stand vertical and hold up our branches. It's really easy. I drilled into the branches and matched the holes with the dowels beforehand.
Step 6: Tree Perches
Here are our two perches. They really look great and organic. Just add glue to connect the pieces together. Let's make a base for our jewelry stand...
Step 7: Router Table
I cut a 1x4 pine board to about 10 inches. Here I'm routing a round-over profile for the edging. I just want to smooth and round the base to keep with the natural flow of the piece. After all, we're using branches, no real machined edges...just wonderful random, curved shapes. So I figured the base should have a little of that too.
Step 8: Stain, Glue and Done...
Here I'm adding stain to all the parts of the display stand. I'm using Colonial Maple. I went and assembled all the parts with glue. I did open pockets in the base to receive the vertical dowels. Let's show you the finished piece...
Check out the video below. You'll get a lot of good ideas of your own. In the video I go through all the steps. Let me know what you think and thanks for visiting! I'll catch you next time.
Step 9: Check It Out!
Check it out...