Stickley Inspired Plant Stand

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Project by SteveL posted 10-18-2015 08:45 PM 1783 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This plant stand is based on one of Gustav Stickley’s models featured in Robert Lang’s book Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture. I departed from the Stickley design by rotating the lower stretcher, and making it a bit wider to use as a shelf. Rather than a pegged tenon, the shelf’s stub through-tenons are secured with ebony wedges. The original featured Grubey tile; but that being spendy, mine has Mexican Talavera tile which I picked up at an auction. With the exception of the ebony wedges and the plywood tile board and cleats, the piece is constructed entirely of quarter-sawn, white oak and stained with Van Dyke crystals, then finished with linseed oil, then stained with Bartley’s Golden Oak gel stain, then finished with 3 coats of 1/2 lb cut shellac, then 3 coats of thinned polyurethane. As Lang suggests, I did the finishing first, then the glue-up, then the tile. The construction is all mortise and tenon, and to avoid interference at the 90 degree joints, the tenons are chamfered along the inside facing edge. The project is simple, though it is a challenge to get all the horizontal parts (with the exception of the shelf) to be exactly the same length between tenon ends. There are 22 mortise-and-tenon joints to make and fit. A bench-top hollow chisel mortising machine is handy. Also, I own a good shoulder plane! The tiles were carefully selected for flatness and size (they are handmade and not at all uniform). They are set with a silicone tile adhesive, then grouted the old fashioned way with a 50:50 mix of sanded and unsanded grout.

-- SteveL

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#1 posted 10-18-2015 09:08 PM

Steve, you did an excellent job with the stand and the finish really sets it off. I need to be certain that LOML doesn’t see this. haha

-- Art

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#2 posted 10-18-2015 09:18 PM

Steve, this is a very nice piece of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 10-18-2015 10:00 PM

By the way, even though there’s a bottle of PVA glue in one of the photos, the piece is glued up with hide glue, which I prefer on a piece like this because (a) I can clean it up with a bit of warm water and a tooth brush, and (b) it’s reversible, at least in principle.

-- SteveL

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#4 posted 10-19-2015 01:41 AM

Very nice work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 10-19-2015 10:47 AM

That is pretty!! and I love your work bench, and the clutter in the background, like a proper shop!! :)

-- Well, what can I tell you? Life in the wide world goes on much as if it has past age. Full of its own comings and goings, scarcely even aware of the existence of Hobbits...

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#6 posted 10-19-2015 11:47 AM

I like!

-- Doug...

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#7 posted 10-21-2015 04:03 AM

Wow. Nicely done. I’ve a client who’d like this but she’d want mesquite in place of oak.
thanks for sharing.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#8 posted 10-21-2015 06:06 AM

Excellent lines. I love it.

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