Yew Coat Tree

You can hang it on yew.

SHOP OWNER: Richard Furnas
LOCATION: Coeur D Alene, ID

    I noticed a unique specimen of a yew tree on my property so I decided to give it some immortality. As you probably know, yew is a highly figured wood that is a mixture of browns, orange, and purple. It is known for its pimply surface and sap banding. Notice at the top of the tree you can see the fairly uniform branching. The unique branching of the two trunks separating and then coming back together made it a keeper for me.
Yew Coat Tree

    If you are wondering how the tree is connected to the base, here is how I did it. First of all, I took a 3-inch hole saw and drilled into the center of the tree itself. After I glued up the base, I then drilled a 3-inch hole in the base to accommodate the tree. I backed the top of the base with another piece of wood underneath for stability and then used a slotted piece of wood at the bottom of the base to allow me to adjust the plumb and symmetry of the tree. The tree goes into the base 1-1/2-inches. I then used a 14-inch lag screw from the bottom of the base up into the predrilled hole in the tree. I used two vertical pieces of wood about 2-1/2-inches long to fit between the bottom of the base and the backed top of the base to provide a platform to take the pressure off the tightened lag screw.
    To finish it off, I turned three buns for the base and a ball for the top of the tree. The finish is linseed oil with a couple of coats of polyurethane.

. . . Richard Furnas



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