My initial plan for this project was to make a full size wooden tree. But as usual, I didn't think about it far enough in advance to give me enough time to make it. So, I ended up putting up our old tree and making this wooden table top Twisted Christmas Tree.
It's made from old cedar fence boards that my father-in-law replaced, so I had to work around nail holes. I planed them down to expose the fresh wood underneath the gray weathering. Then I cut the boards into 14-1/8" lengths. I ripped those into 3/4" strips and cut them in pairs from 1" to 14" in 1/4" increments. Each piece yielded two pieces of the tree. The extra 1/8" in length compensated for the saw blade kerf.
I cut half-lap dadoes in each pair of tree branches so they would overlap in the middle and drilled a 3/8" hole in the middle. I mounted a 3/8" dowel rod into a base and slid the branches on from largest to smallest. I cut out a star and drilled a hole to mount it on top.
I used no glue or fasteners on this project so that I could disassemble it for storage. I left this project unfinished because I liked the smell of the cedar - like a real Christmas tree. This was an easy project with lots of repeatable cuts that go a lot faster than you would expect, so give it a shot. I had extra pieces left over so I made a smaller one for my favorite mother-in-law!