Floating Top Plant Stands

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Blog series by Lee Barker updated 01-25-2011 01:15 AM 4 parts 10397 reads 1 comment total

Part 1: milling the tenons

01-10-2011 11:31 PM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

The project: Four each plant stands 27” high by 15” deep by 60” long. Material: 5/4 cherry substructure; laminate top with cherry edge. Here you see the 5/4 material milled to dimension—square—and cut to length for the various parts. There will be two horizontals each side—rail and stretcher—and on the 60” length there will be two 5” verticals, kind of like mullions, spaced evenly. This gives it some actual rigidity and considera...

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Part 2: Leg subassemblies assembled; sanding next.

01-12-2011 06:41 PM by Lee Barker | 1 comment »

Cherry is a peculiar critter in the way it responds to heat. It seems to be a char, but it’s not dark like other woods are charred. It’s more reddish. Even stranger, in milling the round tenons, this reddish stuff appeared on the dowels and it was like a thin crust—it could be popped off in places. It is not like charred wood, it’s more like a substance was drawn out of the wood by the heat and it cooled. Past midway in the game I figured out how to minimize i...

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Part 3: Assembly of the substructure--strong and square!

01-15-2011 02:21 AM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

I’ll admit it right here: I was anxious about this. There had been enough inaccuracy in the Shopsmith tenoning setup to generate some uneasiness. Not a big deal. I very intentionally prepped both the ends and sides with sanding and biscuit slots for the deck stretchers, did one dry fit, and powered ahead full steam. I used yellow glue in the biscuit joints and polyurethane for the mortise and tenons. I acid-brushed the tenons with water and plunked the goo into the mortises. ...

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Part 4: Risers Installed and Tops Constructed and Laid Up

01-25-2011 01:15 AM by Lee Barker | 0 comments »

Detail shots show the riser structure: edgebanded plywood (gasp!) and solid stock. The self edge on the laminate tops is 1.5 inches so it will conceal the flat part of the bracket. The top core is plywood—the client’s preference—with cherry self edge glued on first, mitered corners. The tops are net width of the frame and about an eighth longer so, when the stands are placed in a line, they’re sure to touch. The gap of flotation is half an inch. I am not sure...

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