|Project by Gus01||posted 08-10-2016 02:53 PM||488 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
My wife had several small plants on a table sitting on our enclosed back porch. We use it almost everyday but the plants left room for coffee cups and little else. We wanted a stand that would hold four plants, fit in the corner and not use much space. We looked in several local stores as well as the big box guys but we didn’t find what we were looking for in a decent price range, so I decided to build it myself. I’ve been woodworking for a little over a year but most of my experience is building small toys. My experience in joinery was almost all butt joints. I drew up a set of plans in an app called iDesign on my iPad. A quick trip to a big orange colored store and I had three 2×2x8ft pieces of pine and I already had some nice 3/4” plywood. The shelf size required that I either use plywood or glue some boards together. I wanted to have all solid wood but I’m lacking a planer and I have only hand sanders so I questioned being able to get the glued pieces truly flat. I also wanted to concentrate on the joints so plywood won out. Also wanted to build some things like this using less expensive wood so if I made a mess of it then I be out a lot of money. As I get more experience then I’ll move into better woods and learn to make my own solid wood panels. I’m not getting into the cutting and assembly details because you can look at it and have the general idea of what was done. I will say a dado set for my table saw is in the future, although it really wasn’t that bad using a standard blade to cut the dados. I’m still going to add trim to cover the shelf edges and stain all of it in a light color to match the chairs on the porch. If I were to start over, I would probably recess the edges of the shelves so after the trim was added, the trim would be flush with the post.
-- John 3:16