I have a new wooden tray. I just made it a few minutes ago and love it! The idea came to me as I gathered firewood to bring inside. I realized that a flat slab from a log would make a lovely rustic centerpiece for holding candles and such. The rounded underside needed a base to make it steady. Fallen branches from our kindling pile looked just right. I collected some supplies and whipped it up. The end result is so pretty that I might just enlist my kids to make some more for giving. That's right... this is an ideal carpentry project for children (or woodworking novices) because there are very few steps and only two simple hand tools are needed.
- flat slab of firewood/log
- 2 branches of similar diameter (around 1")
- hand saw
- vegetable oil and rag (optional)
- Sand the rough hewn side of the the log just enough to smooth out edges and prevent splintering. I rubbed a little vegetable oil on the surface at this point. Optional, of course.
- Saw the branches to equal lengths. Make them both a little longer than the width of the log.
- Rest the log on branches and determine the steadiest spot for their placement.
- Turn over and nail in place. I found that a single nail in the center of each branch was the most stable spot for attachment.
Done! That was quick, wasn't it?
A dusting of snow on our picnic table looked like a romantic spot for a winter picnic... so I rounded up my candles and pretty greenery along with my camera.
What a perfect centerpiece for any winter celebration!