Plant Stands

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Project by Eric Haltom posted 05-15-2018 03:40 PM 520 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these 2 plant stands that are a total height of 28” and 47” wide. There is one that is noticeably darker than the other. The lighter of the two was first to be built. I wanted to make sure my design was solid and didn’t want to waste lumber if it wasn’t. I was able to take my time on the first, so I used pre stain (hence why it’s lighter than the other).

I did learn that staining a large in tact item like this is difficult to do, not only to reach all the areas, but also keeping an eye on drips and imperfections. So for the second one, I assembled the legs and table tops, stained and applied the SPAR varnish before completing the assembly. That worked out much better in the end. Unfortunately, I forgot the pre stain because I was rushing to get it done. Stain was applied the night before Mother’s day and the Varnish was applied the morning of Mother’s day.

They are built out of “kiln dried” 2×4s. I chose boards with fairly straight grain and felt dry to the touch. After milling them, they held their shape pretty well, better than other 2×4s in my past. The Joinery (if you want to call it that) was butt joints using a little glue. I think the glue was overboard for this project, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.

They are rock solid, no racking whatsoever. Overall, I am happy with the build, but I would have been happier if my finishing job was better. That said, these guys won’t look that great in a year after they are covered in dust and a years worth of watering plants on it.

-- Eric, Mesa AZ.,

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#1 posted 05-15-2018 03:51 PM

Nice -plants will look tidy and organized on those.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Eric Haltom

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#2 posted 05-15-2018 05:14 PM


Nice -plants will look tidy and organized on those.

- majuvla

-- Eric, Mesa AZ.,

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#3 posted 05-15-2018 07:53 PM

Don’t beat yourself up, they’re fine.
Are those for outdoors?

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#4 posted 05-15-2018 08:07 PM

This is a very nice and practical piece.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 05-15-2018 08:09 PM

Thanks! Yes, they are for outdoors. Yeah, they’ll have a lot of water spots and dirt all over them in no time lol.

Don t beat yourself up, they re fine.
Are those for outdoors?

- nkawtg

-- Eric, Mesa AZ.,

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