Create a wonderful Advent Calendar for Xmas
Precision screw driver set, screwdriver size 0
25 1/2" x 3/4" (open) brass hinges and screws from model making retailer
2.5" brass butt hinge
29" x 20" piece of 3/4" MDF for the front of the Xmas tree
Two 1.8" x 27.6" strips of 1/2" MDF to cut: 25 1.8" x 1.8" 1/2" MDF for the little advent calendar doors
29" x 20" piece of 1/10" MDF for the backing board
3" x 20" piece of 1/2" MDF for the strut
Step By Step Instructions
Draw a basic Xmas tree shape on your 29" high x 20" piece of MDF. Start by drawing a vertical line down the center of the board and then measure and mark at each 4" point from the bottom to the top on the center line. Go back to the bottom and this time make a mark 4" in from each edge. Now, follow the drawing as shown and make sure that your tree branches extend out to roughly the following measurements: 20" at the bottom, 16.3", 13.2", 10", 7", 3.9".
Now that you have your Xmas tree drawn out on the MDF board, cut out the outline of the Xmas tree using your Dremel® Moto-Saw and the fine wood cutting blade MS52. This will become the front of your advent calendar.
Once you’ve done that, use your cut out Xmas tree as a template for the backing board of your advent calendar. Do this by placing it on top of the 29" x 20" 1/10" piece of MDF and draw around it. Cut it out using your Dremel® Moto-Saw as before. Now you should have two Xmas tree shapes cut out.
Next, create the doors for your advent calendar. Using your Dremel Moto-Saw, cut your two 1.8" x 2.8" strips of 1/2" MDF into 25 1.8" squares.
Place your cut out doors onto the 3/4" Xmas tree shape board in the following configuration: from bottom to top – 3, 5, 3, 4, 3, 3, 2, 1, 1 – equally spaced apart. Then, draw around each door. When you’ve done this, draw a parallel line 1/10" inside the line you’ve just drawn onto the board. This will give you a plan for plunge cutting out the center of each square to provide a cavity for the chocolate or sweet to be hidden behind each door.
To plunge cut out the center of each square, use your Dremel 3000 and the Dremel Multipurpose Spiral Cutting Bit 561 to make an access hole and cut through to the part you will be removing. Now, pass the Dremel Moto-Saw and its fine wood blade through the cut you’ve made and cut one side. Continue in this manner until all four sides are cut and the piece of wood falls out.
Take your Xmas tree shaped backing board in 1/10" MDF and pin it to the 3/4" MDF front board. Use a pin gun or hammer in panel pins around the edges and a few up the middle. Alternatively use PVA wood glue, apply an even pressure and allow to dry.
Now, fix your doors onto your advent calendar. First, screw a hinge onto the edge of each door using your precision screwdriver no 0. Then, using your Dremel 3000, drill a pilot hole for each screw using the Dremel Precision Drill Bit 1,2mm from the 628 set. Drive in the screws using the precision screwdriver. Then affix the other side of the hinge to the face of the advent calendar.
Finally, affix the 2.5" brass butt hinge to one end of your piece of 20" x 3" 1/2" MDF by drilling a pilot hole with the Dremel 2.0 Precision Drill Bit from the 628 set. Then by using screws and a precision screwdriver affix to the center of the back of the advent calendar to make a strut. The strut should allow the advent calendar to stand up at roughly a 10 degree angle.
To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.