Advent Calendar

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jaimecostiglio added on 10/20/2019

Make this fun Christmas decor using your Kreg pocket hole jig. The pocket holes make a perfect spot for a dowel with a holiday shape on the end to move along as we count down to the big day. Designed with a solid base and optional spot for a sign this advent calendar is fun for the whole family.

Directions

Follow the steps below to complete this project.

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Dimensions

Overall dimensions 66 3/4h x 7 1/4" x 7 1/4"

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Step 1

Starting 2” from the end attach one pocket hole jig at center using the face frame clamp and drill a pocket hole. To make the next pocket hole line up the jig using the edge of the first hole as a guide. This will ensure about ¾” spacing between pocket holes. Repeat this process until you have 25 pocket holes.

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Step 1 IRL

Step 1 IRL

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Step 2

Attach post to base 3 at center using wood glue and at least 2 – 2 ½” countersunk wood screws. Considering predrilling so the post doesn’t split.

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Step 3

Prepare the remaining base 1 and base 2 pieces by attaching the smaller base 2 to the larger base 1 using wood glue and 2 ½” countersunk wood screws.

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Step 4

Attach the post / base 3 portion using wood glue and 1 ¼” countersunk wood screws.

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Step 5

To make the circular sign at top cut out the two wood circles. Paint as desired and then attach the smaller ¼” plywood circle to the larger back circle using super glue or wood glue. Drill a 5/16” hole into the larger circle and insert the dowel using wood glue. Predrill a 5/16” hole at the top center of the post and insert the dowel with the sign.

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Step 6

Cut out the 4” star from ¾” thick plywood (use pattern below). Paint as desired. Predrill a 5/16” hole at center bottom and insert the 5/16” wood dowel using wood glue.

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(1) 2x2, 72", Board  
(1) 1x5, 4 1/2" scrap, Board  
(1) 2x6, 5 1/2" scrap, Board  
(1) 2x8, 7 1/4" scrap, Board  
(1) 1x8, 6 1/4" circle, Board  
(1) 1/4" Thick, 5 3/4" circle, Plywood  
(1) 1x6, 4" star, Board  

Hardware/Supplies:

Parts/Cut List:

(1) post, 2 x 2 @ 57"  
(1) base 3, 3/4" x 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"  
(1) base 2, 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"  
(1) base 3, 1 1/2" x 7 1/4" x 7 1/4"  
(1) small circle sign, 1/4" x 5 3/4" diameter  
(1) large circle sign, 3/4" x 6 1/4" diameter  
(1) star, 3/4" x 4" star  
(1) sign dowel, 5/16" x 3"  
(1) star dowel, 5/16" x 4"  

Extras:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UW_f2lDV4b1sHzQvnoylGUq8tBCFb0RP/view?usp=sharing Visit
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