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Making Useful Items From Tree Limbs

I've had a lot of bushes in the yard for years. I wanted to re-landscape some parts so the bushes had to go. Other trees/branches can be used as well. The limbs of this bush are very soft and can be milled into useful items to use around the house and studio. I didn't want to throw them all away, so I saved several pieces to use in later projects.

Approximate Time: 1-2 hours

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  1. Select the largest branches to be used as pencil and salt and pepper holders.
  2. I have let them dry for a few months and would recommend that step to prevent severe cracking.
  3. When dry, the branch or limb can be trimmed with power tools. I used a table saw and band saw to flatten one or two sides of the limb, and to then cut it off to the size I wanted.
  4. Drill holes in one of the flat sides with a forstner bit, and or round drill bits of the size desired.
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  6. Articles made can be stained, if wanted, and painted. It's up to you.
  7. Place in use as salt and pepper shaker holder and pen and pencil holder.
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