Two easy-to-cut triangles form a simple, elegant spire for your mantel or tabletop.
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From the 1/4 x 6 board, cut a piece 18 inches long and another 24 inches long. (You can also ask a Lowe’s associate to cut the board to size.) Download the cutting diagram and use it as a reference to mark the cutting lines on the 1/4 x 6 boards. Clamp one end of a board to a work surface and begin cutting the board. About halfway through the cut, turn the board around, clamp the other end to the work surface, and finish cutting. At the bottom of each triangle, trim off the waste portion. Repeat for the second board.
To keep sanding to a minimum, cut slowly and follow the pencil lines as closely as possible. If you don’t have a lot of experience using a jigsaw, practice following a line on scrap lumber.
Smooth the long cut edges with 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper. To drill optional holes in the tree, place the triangles on scrap wood and drill at random using 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch bits at least 3/8 inch away from the edges. Smooth both faces with 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper.
Clamp a triangle to your work surface with the factory edge even with the work surface edge. Apply a light glue bead to the factory edge of one triangle and clamp it to the face of the other triangle along its factory edge. Check that the bottom ends are flush.
After the glue dries, sand the outside faces of the trees to make the edge of one triangle even with the face of the other at the corner. Tape or use spray adhesive to mount a sheet of 120-grit sandpaper on a flat work surface. Rub the base of the tree back and forth on the sandpaper until the ends rest flat on the work surface.
Vacuum the spire and wipe off surface dust with a clean cloth. Using another cloth, wipe on a coat of polyurethane finish according to label directions. Lightly sand the finish and apply a second coat.