I Used My Christmas Tree To Make Two Boxes!

  • Published on Jan 9, 2019
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    In this video I'm making two small boxes using wood from my Christmas tree. the boxes measure 3" tall x 4" long x 4" deep. The design is inspired by Michael Pekovich's book "The Why And How Of Woodworking".
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Comments • 268

  • Khalid Al-Ajmi
    Khalid Al-Ajmi 12 hours ago

    didn't get the idea of the trimmed cover!!!

  • Tony Ennis
    Tony Ennis 17 hours ago

    When I am edge jointing, I like to edge the mating pieces simultaneously. Keeps them fitting perfectly even when I am not.

  • Hendac Teslar
    Hendac Teslar 23 hours ago

    Nicely done. You just have got a new subscriber. Your workshop is amazing and the powertools are silent (probably due the distance to the mic). I really enjoyed the video format. Pure focus to the process, no talking at all, and information if needed through the captio. Keep up that work.

  • fadeddenims501
    fadeddenims501 Day ago

    You are a real artist. I enjoyed watching.

  • Max Ejnar
    Max Ejnar Day ago

    how can i put this gently. Dude you got too much sparetime

  • cdouglas1942
    cdouglas1942 2 days ago

    For the flat bottom on your spline slot, do you use part of your dado stack or something else? And thanks for the reminder on the coordinated dados for box tops. I'd forgotten.

  • bikerblues16
    bikerblues16 2 days ago

    That's awesome!

  • Hans de Groot
    Hans de Groot 2 days ago

    Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.

  • Louise King
    Louise King 2 days ago

    Great work. No nail, screws or fasteners that's awesome. I was intreeded by that and how you dried the wood. Now how doe you keep the sap from making dark rings???

  • james comstock
    james comstock 2 days ago

    Let me guess you want a box for Christmas and didn't get it so use the damn tree

  • james comstock
    james comstock 2 days ago

    Go through all that work it would seem to me that you would use a dovetail

  • Гаврил Черепанов

    Наш мужик изолента синяя,спалился

  • ptudor63
    ptudor63 2 days ago

    Nice video, nice job, nice shop.

  • Irish Tech
    Irish Tech 2 days ago

    love the way you made the boxes whole then cut them out cool method would love a tutorial

  • mojorizn72
    mojorizn72 2 days ago

    A woodworking channel without annoying music! Subbed brother.

  • Uriel Valdez
    Uriel Valdez 3 days ago

    I love the fact that you didn’t just throw your christmas tree away!

  • Larry Watkins
    Larry Watkins 3 days ago

    Those are so cool, what a great way to remember the holiday!

  • makwabid69
    makwabid69 3 days ago

    Glad to see something useful down with it, rather than the landfill or out a power generator chimney.

  • Matt Jones
    Matt Jones 3 days ago

    That's great!

  • Kyle Runyan
    Kyle Runyan 3 days ago

    that is an AWESOME trick with the lids! I would love to see a video going through this process in more detail!

  • Raza
    Raza 3 days ago

    yet another mute video. what a horrible trend

  • J DeWitt
    J DeWitt 3 days ago

    That looks like spruce or fir, not pine. EDIT: But your point still stands-- it's not hardwood.

  • Gerald Spratley
    Gerald Spratley 3 days ago

    How long did you need to dry the wood?

  • Matt Matthews
    Matt Matthews 3 days ago

    I'm subscribing after watching one video because of the Spurs flag in the background! Go Spurs go!

  • Dans Maker Place
    Dans Maker Place 4 days ago

    Great project! I was wondering how long you put the wood in your kiln for?

  • Scott Hixson
    Scott Hixson 4 days ago

    Unreal Andy, once again. I absolutely your Christmas tree wooden mallet build that I’ve been so inspired this year and I save my Christmas tree to make something out of it. You’re creativity this year has given me new ideas. I think you are a trailblazer and I really appreciate the way that you fabricate your creations. Well done sir.

  • Karen Session
    Karen Session 4 days ago

    Nice Shop!!

  • yard farmer
    yard farmer 4 days ago

    My dad would of been pissed if I were to set the plane down on the work bench blade down. Always set it down on its side. I sure miss him!

  • Jeff Bateman
    Jeff Bateman 4 days ago

    And to quote SNL.... “You put your WEED in there!”

  • Kevin Zoid
    Kevin Zoid 4 days ago +2

    Damn, what a great idea! And I tossed my beautiful tree out 3 days ago. Why did I not think of this? I have to get my game on. Thank you Andy for a great idea next year! I like how you screw up and curse out loud, this is EXACTLY how I work. Same thing. Even when I cook, lol.

  • Crazylalalalala
    Crazylalalalala 4 days ago

    Good use of a fancy oven!!

  • Michael Mercier
    Michael Mercier 4 days ago

    Nice shop.

  • Lantern Lab
    Lantern Lab 4 days ago

    FYI, it's not pine. It's either spruce or fir, probably fir.

  • Tommy Hammernots
    Tommy Hammernots 4 days ago

    Like I don’t have enough shit to do.

  • Henry Robinson
    Henry Robinson 4 days ago

    Ingenious lid!

  • Ron Jones
    Ron Jones 4 days ago

    36 years ago I decided to make a Christmas ornament from our tree that would then hang on the next tree. The tradition endures. Some have Christmas themes but many commemorate an event from that year such as birth and deaths, graduations, wedding, retirements, etc. All have a date on them for the year that tree was used. Now a large percentage of the ornaments on our tree are wood with a natural finish.

  • dahveed284
    dahveed284 4 days ago

    You had a kiln in the shed and you still you used HER oven? The next couple of casseroles are gonna taste a little piny. I hope you filled one of those boxes up with jewelry for her.
    Next year you'll need to get a bigger tree.

  • Scotty R
    Scotty R 4 days ago

    use some clamps!

  • thebigzor
    thebigzor 4 days ago

    Nice job Andy!

  • GregBbl Ggl
    GregBbl Ggl 4 days ago

    Lovely work and great upcycling. Nice way for hobbyists to explore milling with tools many own. If I had appropriate metal working tools I would try this with our artificial tree. Lol.

  • Shane Winston
    Shane Winston 4 days ago +6

    I really was confused about how you were going to open the box but then after going back and watching what was done I am super amazed. Love the content keep up the great work.

    • Shane Winston
      Shane Winston 4 days ago

      An oddly enough the no talking in the subtitles is very relaxing and still entertaining. I really do appreciate your Channel

  • gbman2k
    gbman2k 5 days ago

    Hey Andy, what was the router plane that you used, I haven’t seen that one before?

  • woodstoney
    woodstoney 5 days ago

    Those boxes turned out really great...Wooden you know it! Very creative!! ;)

  • Hey I'm a Maker
    Hey I'm a Maker 5 days ago

    These look great!
    I think I missed it, but sorta think I know how you made the box lids fit.
    Do you have another video showing how that all went down?
    In my mind, you cut half the depths on the inside, and then half the depth on the outside when you released the lid but I'm not sure.

  • Darkknight1238
    Darkknight1238 5 days ago

    The closed captions was a really smart thing to include.

  • wojomojo
    wojomojo 5 days ago

    Thumbs up, but how long did it take to clean the resin off your blade? 😉

  • Ian Swanbeck
    Ian Swanbeck 5 days ago

    I love this project.

  • donibeh
    donibeh 5 days ago

    The moment you realize that it takes an entire (ok small) tree to produce 2 little boxes.

  • Timothy Cormier
    Timothy Cormier 5 days ago

    That! Is a super cool idea 💡our tree is still out back and you’ve got the little hamster in my head running on his wheel

  • Jimmy Tremblay
    Jimmy Tremblay 5 days ago

    Great final product!
    That table saw is SICK!

  • Lass-in Angeles
    Lass-in Angeles 5 days ago

    Brilliant! How very clever. I will use one of the trees the neighbors tossed out since I don't buy live trees any more. Trees are for birds, not decor.
    1. I wish you had said how long you cooked the wood to dry it out. I thought it took years?
    2. What is that wood shaving hand tool called at 8:07?
    Elegant boxes, very nice details!

  • L K
    L K 5 days ago

    Don’t know why 63 people would not like this 😒. It’s a super cool idea Andy. And makes something lasting out of wood that normally gets ground up or thrown away.

  • 1zanglang
    1zanglang 5 days ago

    Port side and Starboard side...

  • Will Michael
    Will Michael 5 days ago

    Your channel makes me want to become a carpenter. My grandpa used to do it as a hobby but I just don't know where to start.

  • O'Beezee
    O'Beezee 5 days ago

    You make it look to easy and amazing, well done.

  • Dakota WoodWorx
    Dakota WoodWorx 5 days ago

    Where, what how did you get a band saw of that size? Wow!!! Impressive. Great project btw.

  • Patsy Catsy
    Patsy Catsy 5 days ago

    Will you be making wooden eggs for Easter? Maybe glue up different types of wood for the dyed effect.. 👍 🇬🇧

  • Donald Cotnoir
    Donald Cotnoir 5 days ago

    When you tell your wife her gift is already under the tree 🌲

  • Mickey Moore
    Mickey Moore 5 days ago

    Been doing boxes for years. Making the that inner groove before assembly is something I had never thought of. Always did them afterwards with a hand router. Thanks for the unsaid tip.

  • marsha831
    marsha831 6 days ago

    Beautiful! This is why kids should all get shop, art and math in school. DIY is practical and necessary.

    TECH NERD 6 days ago

    Christmas tree- "AM I JOKE TO YOU?"

  • Thad Williams
    Thad Williams 6 days ago

    You should have removed the branches outside, just sayin'. Cool vid.

  • chansa64
    chansa64 6 days ago

    A perfect excuse for him. “Honey, watch the kids. I have 2 big boxes to finish.”

  • Earth Shaker
    Earth Shaker 6 days ago

    seeing you pop the lid from the body after making them all in one piece was like a magic trick. well done!

  • Paul Meyers
    Paul Meyers 6 days ago

    Spend a little time in the shop do ya?

  • Jordan Gospodnetich
    Jordan Gospodnetich 6 days ago

    You should build a miniature Noah’s ark.

  • Cipher Oceanus
    Cipher Oceanus 6 days ago

    You have way too much time on your hands... And too much stuff...

  • Favio R
    Favio R 6 days ago

    what a great and fun project!

  • Bill Allmon
    Bill Allmon 6 days ago

    Note to self,de limb tree outside

  • Rick Jones
    Rick Jones 6 days ago

    So this amazing fellow not only makes a work of art from a Christmas Tree, he makes a fascinating video as well! Some people are amazing.

    TRAVIS BREWINGTON 6 days ago

    True craftsmanship

  • Deke Bell
    Deke Bell 6 days ago

    WOW! Just WOW! Freakin cool.

  • mrchimp11
    mrchimp11 6 days ago

    this is probably an amazingly good smelling project

  • Martin M
    Martin M 6 days ago

    You Sir are an artist 👍

  • DJ R
    DJ R 6 days ago

    Dude. Clean your oven

  • Brian Olson
    Brian Olson 6 days ago

    Awesome! I've been saving our Christmas trees for the past 7 years. (Just the log). My daughters are 2 and 3 years old. When they're 18 or have moved out I'm going to make a dining table from all the saved trees. Be nice to have future Christmas dinners with the family on a table of trees made from their Christmas's growing up.

  • Tony Bowers
    Tony Bowers 6 days ago

    Very well done. It was impressive how you had it all planned out. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cal B
    Cal B 6 days ago

    Beautiful Sir!

  • Russell Anderson
    Russell Anderson 6 days ago

    Enjoyed and Thumbs Up

  • raginGGamer
    raginGGamer 6 days ago

    "ah, darn-it!..... oh well", That was OP m8! I'm sure the wife will appreciate that Pine smell on the next bake. GG

  • rosset4music
    rosset4music 6 days ago +1


  • hutchie gamer
    hutchie gamer 6 days ago

    You should make a vice purely out of wood or most of it anyway look at crafted workshops one for inspiration

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    giorgos424 6 days ago


  • flycam
    flycam 6 days ago

    what a folly to cut a fir tree for a few days of celebration. It amazes me that these wooden planks that you made from a resinous plant, you can dry them in a home oven without smoke and without stink, the resin when it burns is deadly. If it were true, your wife should get you out of the house. The pieces of wood you have made are perfect and seasoned, this gives me many doubts. Forgive my distrust but, I do not like being teased.

  • The Gun Collector colt45

    Very nice I am so glad I don't have to get up and work in custom kitchen shop any more absolutely hate it.

  • Giggidygiggidy
    Giggidygiggidy 7 days ago

    They turned out nice but damn that’s a lot of work for a couple of little boxes. Thumbs up still. 👍🏼

  • Tristin Sandoval
    Tristin Sandoval 7 days ago

    Man u have some killer woodworking skills!!!... Awesome shop as well clean and well organized

  • Willlerd
    Willlerd 7 days ago

    Why didn’t you limb it outside?

  • Darby Smith
    Darby Smith 7 days ago

    Is that a SawStop attachment - your sliding table top with back fence? If not, what is it? Thanks!

  • Woodden
    Woodden 7 days ago

    Now that's a cool trick. Great looking boxes.

  • esotericsean
    esotericsean 7 days ago

    Who doesn't like the smell of a Christmas tree?

  • Paul Kemp
    Paul Kemp 7 days ago

    Neat. Learned about using splines and the boxes were cool

  • Chris Munroe
    Chris Munroe 7 days ago

    Very neat project. Turned out well 👍

  • Tom Truesdale
    Tom Truesdale 7 days ago

    Very impressive use of your tree. Nice work Sir.

  • Alex Clark
    Alex Clark 7 days ago

    I always feel a bit sad throwing out the tree around this time of year. Thanks to you I now have a great way to make a keepsafe out of it! Oh and that bandsaw is an absolute monster, I'm pretty sure it's larger than my entire shop.

  • Machinist 4375
    Machinist 4375 7 days ago

    This guy seems like a prick

  • Brads Workbench
    Brads Workbench 7 days ago

    That is a BEAST of a bandsaw! I hope one day I will even have the space to entertain the thought of having something like that

  • The Wolf of Bees Workshops

    That's an awesome idea, love it

  • MIke The Wood Worker

    You’re very talented and creative I like the red one

  • Joshua Johnson
    Joshua Johnson 7 days ago

    You killed Christmas!