Tiny display stand

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Project by ferstler posted 08-22-2009 03:53 PM 2297 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been hot and humid in my area and I normally work outdoors on a deck adjacent to my shop. Consequently, I have been not doing much in the way of constructive projects. Still, there are some small things that can be done right inside of the building, and this is such a project.

My wife purchased a small marble set piece a while back and had been displaying it flat on a bookcase shelf. However, she finally decided it would look better on a small stand of some kind, but not the usual small wire-frame type you find in discount shops.

So, I built her this one out of a single chunk of leftover 2×4 pine that I had just laying around the shop. It is less than an inch and a half thick and less than two inches tall. I cut the shape with a small band saw and then used a spindle sander to contour the curves. Final work was done by hand. The finish is three coats of satin-finish Painter’s Touch.

This picture shows some milling marks that simply do not show up when viewed with the naked eye, and there are even some visible dust particles on both shots. (I should have gotten out the dust cloth before getting out the camera.) The marble slice also looks richer in person, no doubt due to the way camera-flash light interacted with the surface.

The wife likes the result, and that is what matters.

Howard Ferstler

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#1 posted 08-22-2009 05:56 PM

Good idea, functional and your wife gets what she is looking for.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#2 posted 08-22-2009 06:00 PM

Nice work.

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#3 posted 08-22-2009 06:39 PM

Nice stand

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 08-23-2009 12:09 AM

What’s a dust cloth?

I can never find a small chunk of wood as they are always covered up by a thick layer of fluffy stuff, that never seems to go away.

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#5 posted 08-23-2009 01:09 PM

that’s excellent!
beautiful rock as well

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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