Plant Stand

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Project by AaronK posted 10-05-2009 05:14 AM 2205 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Plant stand in poplar and walnut. built from “scraps.” the design was inspired by bud's. joinery is floating M&T with mortises made using my new router jig. finish is 1 coat minwax antique (oil/varnish wiping blend) followed by several coats of 50% wiping poly, finished with paste wax buffed on with 0000 steel wool.

some notes:

Design: I liked Bud’s design and wanted to test out some joinery, ideas, and tool skills. specifically, the shaped legs and such. I didn’t draw a a scale model, let alone one in sketchup first, and consequently i think the proportions are off a bit. I think the overhead projection of the piece is too square – making it more rectangular wouldve helped. also, i think the legs project too high above the “table” level. the little circular cutouts in the two table pieces simply result from not having a piece of walnut long enough and wanting to make that negative into a positive. I welcome constructive critisicm! ;-)

Joinery: These are my first edge and M&T joints. The edge joints came out great – i used hand planes to joint the edges and it went very well. seemless, actually. i didnt think it would be that easy. the M&T joints also – WAY WAY easy with the router. those joints are super tight, and it feels almost like cheating!

Skilz: these are my first curved pieces as well. i roughed out the stock with a jig saw (no bandsaw yet :( but it works ok, if a little slow. then i cleaned those up with a spokeshave… which was SWEET. i just love going straight from rough to finish without having to sand. also, i’m happy with how square i made it all – there was no wobble upon assembly – that felt nice.

anyway, there it is. a plant stand made from some longer lengths of scrap. in terms of the design, i dont know – experimental i guess! but in terms of technique, i’m quite satisfied with it all – it’s going faster, easier, nicer, and more enjoyably with every new project.

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#1 posted 10-05-2009 05:31 AM

Good looking plant stand – it should hold up well.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 10-05-2009 05:34 AM

Very Nice Job looks great.

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#3 posted 10-05-2009 05:38 AM

nice legs…...

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#4 posted 10-05-2009 06:10 AM

Great use of scraps!! I like the design. Good 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 10-05-2009 01:57 PM

Nice. I like the shape of the legs!

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#6 posted 10-05-2009 03:17 PM

A very attractive design, and it looks like a first class build too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 10-05-2009 03:23 PM

onwards and upwards ,

with no wobble !

ya done good .

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#8 posted 10-14-2009 08:07 PM

dude…that kicks ass.


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#9 posted 10-14-2009 08:12 PM

OOO I like this cool design unique legs too.

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#10 posted 08-13-2010 05:44 AM

I love the circular cutouts. I thought it was a great design touch. It’s interesting how sometimes inspiration is born of pure necessity. Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 03-15-2011 04:58 AM

That’s a damned lucky plant if you ask me….

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