Gustav Stickley Inspired Plant Stand

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Project by Kacy posted 1716 days ago 2010 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at anything “furniture grade,” and it was accomplished solely with hand tools. The general plans came from a recent issue of WoodWorking magazine, although they were altered during the process due to dumb mistakes and the efforts to correct them. I’ve started a new one, with the hope and expectation of improving on the quality of the mortise and tenon joints—all 22 of them!

The wood is alder, with a light antique maple stain, 3 coats of wipe-on poly that was steel wooled, and a coat of micro-crystalline wax. The tile top is Italian clay (I think). I hope that the picture is of suitable detail … this is also my first attempt to photograph a piece of woodworking.

-- Kacy, Louisiana

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#1 posted 1716 days ago

Excellent job. Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 1716 days ago

Well done! Starting out with hand tools helps build skills that you will keep for life. Add a router to your power tool collection and you have pretty much everything you need to tackle larger projects.

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#3 posted 1716 days ago

Very nicely built plant stand. Really very nice that if one day you want to convert it into side table or lamp shades stand, you just put the top and it is done!
Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 1716 days ago

Vincent: I forgot to mention in my profile that I’ve got a fantastic router (3 hp Triton). I should probably fix that.

Woodworm: Thanks for the comments and suggestions for the future.

-- Kacy, Louisiana

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#5 posted 1714 days ago

Very nice plant stand. I like the marble tile top. Well done keep up the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#6 posted 1655 days ago

Kacy, your work is very impressive. The plant stand looks so neat that I can see that your genes are expressed in your skill.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 1655 days ago

A very nice stand Kacy

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1655 days ago

Nothing like 22 mortise and tenon joints to train the hand and eye! Very nicely done…and all those ‘mistakes’ that altered the design? Those just made it more ‘yours.’ Years ago I decided I liked the looks of a plant stand and tackled it with all hand tools as you did, but I underestimated the complications of all the mortises and tenons on Angled Legs. It came out okay, but holy moley I wondered very soon what I’d gotten myself into. It’s always great practice! Always.


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#9 posted 570 days ago

Picture perfect plant stand : ) Very nicely done.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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