I love the galvanized buckets for Christmas trees, but I haven't been able to find one. I decided to build a rustic box out of reclaimed fence boards I got for free. It's super easy to do, and I love the way it turned out!
For the box--
The fence boards I used were really wide. To avoid nailing multiple boards together to get a taller box, look for wider wood like mine. These boards are 12 inches wide. Start by figuring out how big your box needs to be to house your tree stand. I cut my pieces:
(2) 22 1/4 in. long
(2) 21 in. long
(4) 12 in. 2x2's
Saw to cut your boards, we used this
Nail gun, ours looks like this
18 gauge nails -If you live in California, you will pay an arm and a leg for nails, buy them online! $4 for a pack of 1000 online, and $12 for a pack of 1000 at Home Depot. Crazy!
The 4 12 in. 2x2's are for the inner corners of your box. This stabilizes and gives you something to nail each of the four sides to.
Here is my wood all cut.
I laid two of my sides on the ground with the 2x2's underneath, flush with the outside of the board. Nail the board to the 2x2's. Add enough nails that it feels secure.
After both sides of your boardsare nailed to the 2x2's, they look like this.
Now, stand up your boards with the 2x2's, and nail your other two boards to create your box. Make sure your wood is all flush so your box looks clean and uniform.
Nail all 4 sides, and you are done! I didn't put a bottom on mine because I didn't think it needed it. If you want one, just measure how wide and long your box is, and nail your piece of wood to the bottom of your box!
I thought I would sand my box to make it lighter in color, but in the end I was happy with the way it looked.
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