Turned Christmas Tree Tealight Holder

Christmas is a great time for making things. So what better reason to introduce my oldest daughter to the lathe in this newest Adventure in the Workshop? She makes a Christmas Tree Tealight Holder from walnut. Her patience for sanding is not the best, but as she says, this way you know you made it yourself.

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mass ornaments

Mass Ornaments on the Table Saw

You can never have enough Christmas decoration, right? There is a technique called “Reifendrehen” that involves a lathe, but you can use the basic principle to make a bunch of similar pieces on your table saw as well to produce mass ornaments. Watch the video to see how it works, and read on for some additional considerations and a video (not mine) about the original technique.

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scrap tree

The Scrap Tree – Christmas Ornament

It is that time of the year again – the time where I have too much wood in the shop. No, actually, it is almost Christmas. So why not do something that helps you out with both? I present to you the Scrap Tree, a simple yet effective decoration, and one that will reduce your scrap heaps in the process. And as even more of a gift from me to you, you can find the Template for a mini-version here! Merry Christmas, and remember to be Inspired!

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Balance Tree – A wibbly-wobbly Christmas Ornament

I wanted to clock some lathe practice while making a Christmas ornament. The Balance Tree is the result of that paired with my desire to use different wood species to make things look more interesting as well as adding a hopefully unexpected twist to it. Using springs, even though it is winter! Enjoy, and remember to be Inspired!

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The Advent Puzzle – Christmas Tree in Pieces

A spin on the classic advent calendar, and as you might have guessed it is a non-lathe design. I actually wanted to make something on my mini lathe, too, but I do not think I will get it done in time. Anyway, I give you my Advent Puzzle, and the template to go along with it. Enjoy, and remember to be Inspired!

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