Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas Crafts Hall Tree

As Christmas draws nearer you might find you need a few gifts and you really do not know what to buy. Try making something. Crafting is easy and fun, you can also make some money on the side.

Another craft we like to make and sell at the antique mall is a hall tree. A hall tree is a piece of furniture that usually sits inside your front door with multiple storage areas. Here are some of the features that a hall tree might have. A seat with storage underneath, shelves, coat and hat hooks, drawers, mirror and a place for umbrellas.

Here is how we made the simple hall tree pictured. We found an old door, which was unusually narrow, but looked great. I left the knob in place for an added decorative look. I cut two pieces of stained wood to make the shelves. I screwed the shelves in from the back side of the door. Then I miter cut some crown molding to trim the shelves and attached them with glue and the nail gun. Then I supported the shelves with two old table legs and added feet for the bottom shelf. After that we painted everything except the shelves black and added some coat hooks. A framed mirror or piece of art would look nice hanging in the center. This was a very quick and easy project. Painting took the most time. I would suggest having someone help hold the parts in place for attachment. We sold this at the antique mall for $100. Not bad for something easy and fun to make.

We found an excellent air compressor and brad nail gun combo kit at The Home Depot for $80. It has a small 1 gallon compressor and a 1-1/4” nail/staple gun. That is a great price.

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