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A Hall Tree From Stash

I’ll need a hall tree to display some of the wares in the shop. A Google search showed some I liked that have turned posts and three Queen Anne style legs. As luck would have it, I had some turned posts left from the pillar candlesticks in my Romance Retreat. Other supplies I had on hand were turned cocktail sticks, wooden beads and a scrap of 3/32″ thick basswood.

My first step was to make a drawing of the leg I had selected. Once I was happy with the shape I made using the Graphic app on my laptop, I imported it into Silhouette Studio, the app for my new Cameo cutter. The app traced it and then I sent it to cut on my cutter. I used my stiff stencil card because I don’t yet have the 3mm Kraft blade for cutting wood. I used this leg as a pattern and traced the shape three times on my wood scrap and cut them out using my scroll saw.

To locate the legs and pegs on the post, I had to divide the circumference by three. Mini club member, Diane, suggested making a paper strip the length of the circumference and marking the thirds to then transfer to the post.

For the legs, I drilled 3/32″ deep holes on my marks using my drill press, one at the top of where the leg would fit and another just below it. I used an X-Acto knife to connect the holes to make a channel to fit the legs.

The hardest part was drilling the holes for the pegs so that they would be at an angle. After some test holes on a scrap, I made straight holes about 3/32″ deep. Then using my hand drill I elongated the holes at an angle. The holes are not perfect, but sometimes you have to accept good enough. I cut the cocktail sticks at an angle using my “Chopper II.”

I also used my smallest drill bit to drill a hole in the center of the top and bottom of the post. Now the fun part, gluing all the pieces together. I started by putting a head pin through the smallest bead and filling the hole with glue. I let that set up to keep the pin from falling through the larger hole. (Keep calm and wait for the glue to dry.) If you decide to use a “color head straight pin,” this step is not needed. Glue the other beads on as desired and glue the pin into the top of the post. Use a similar technique to add a small bead to the bottom of the post.

Just look how cute.

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I’m a Californian living in Oregon. But home is where my miniatures are.

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