Spirit of the Depression Plant Stand

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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 10-27-2017 06:24 PM 1653 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a boy in the 50s I watched my grandfather and father save everything and make something out of nothing. I didn’t understand at the time, but they were products of the Great Depression. Times were so hard in the Depression the necessity of making something from nothing stayed with them the rest of their lives. It was in their spirit.

My forefathers were with me during this project. A broken piece granite countertop, rusty sewing machine legs, filthy salvaged oak, and old cabinet doors became my wife’s plant stand.

Local granite companies wouldn’t touch the jagged end of my broken remnant. Not worth their time. Hours of grinding ensued. Finally, both ends could be cased and a means engineered to bolt on the granite top. The drawers used to be cabinet doors, resawed, planed, and built with lock joint and dado joinery.

Happily, after an antique school desk, bowfront table, and a plant stand, I have run out of cast iron legs. And, thanks to psychotherapy, I have resolved my abnormal attraction to cast iron.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#1 posted 10-27-2017 06:38 PM

Hey, I am the first one here to say WOW, not only to the thoughts behind this project but also to say this is beautiful!
Makes me wish I had not given away the vintage school desks with the ornate cast iron sides so I could have created something as memorable as this piece.
Again, oustanding work on a beautiful project.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#2 posted 10-27-2017 07:49 PM

I like it….both the project and the story.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 10-27-2017 09:01 PM

What a Wonderful project. Makes me want to go Garage Sale shopping this weekend looking for old desks and sewing machines.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 10-27-2017 09:47 PM

First ==GREAT PROJECT on all aspects!
I do like to save and reuse in a different way too.
We are not tightwads; we are just monetarily conservative!)

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 10-28-2017 02:09 AM

Great job. I was saving an old broken marble table top for a garden project but marble is much softer than granite so hmmm… Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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DeLayne Peck

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#6 posted 10-28-2017 08:43 AM

Thank you, Brothers, for the kind words. Something from nothing projects are satisfying and very challenging. Devoid of detailed plans and measurements, it is freeform style of wood working that demands constant creativity and problem-solving.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#7 posted 10-28-2017 09:00 AM

Very classy piece of furniture and excellent combination of those three materials.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 10-28-2017 12:31 PM

So now I know what I will do with he next set of cast iron legs I find at the recycling center.I have a 4 ft slab of blue slate to go on top. Of coarse my wife will say no, until she sees it, then she’ll load it up with plants. .... good job!

-- Old turners don't die, they just turn to dust!

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#9 posted 10-28-2017 01:04 PM

I love these old bases. You did a nice job on this project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 10-28-2017 05:03 PM

Sweetness, Wonderful project, Congrats!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 10-28-2017 06:23 PM

Well done! I have salvaged many things over the years including several sewing machine bases. Much satisfaction from giving new purpose and life to old things.

-- Mark,Oelwein Iowa Cardinal Fan!

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#12 posted 11-20-2017 01:02 PM

Well done, man!

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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