Building your own Christmas tree stand will cut down your expenses during the holiday season. This is an easy project, and even an inexperienced person can complete it with little or no hassle. These step by step instructions will help you plan and complete the project in about 30-60 minutes.
Measure and cut a 3/4-inch notch in the center of each piece of 2x4. Make an “X” with the two pieces by inserting one into the notch of the other. Once you have connected the pieces they should remain flat when placed on the ground. Drill four holes in the middle of the wood pieces (the notch areas). Connect the boards with the wood screws using a screwdriver. Fasten the screws.
Place the steel oil change pan on top of the “X” structure. Make sure that it is centered. Outline the circumference of the pan on each of the wooden pieces with a pencil. After removing the pan, place a long nail in each area you marked.
Hammer down each nail securely into the wood. Make sure that you leave a sufficient length of each nail protruding from above the “X” structure so you can fit the pan securely into the space. Set the pan inside the nail arrangement.
Insert an eye lag screw at about 1/2 inch from each end of the “X” structure. Place the Christmas tree inside of the pan. You will require assistance from someone to hold the tree upright until it can stand without support.
Measure and cut four pieces of nylon cord. Each cord should be of the same length and be able to extend from the base of the tree to each eye lag screw protruding from the “X” structure. Wrap the cord around the opposite side of the tree and run it back to the eye lag screw to tie it securely. Do this for each cord and eye lag screw.