Plant Stand: Multi-Purposed 2 x 4 Contest Entry

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Project by Paul posted 01-07-2008 11:16 PM 5831 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I guess I may as well go ahead and post the pictures of my self-designed plant stand.

It’s overall height is 30” comprised of 12 laminated staves.

The dodecagon top is approximately 6” in diameter. I “veneered” the top with 12 triangular wedges to form the pattern.

Some the details of construction begin here
Joined to the top and a twelve spoke wheel with round head brass screws.

I created the pattern on the top of the staves with my mortise machine and then joined the two diamonds by raising the table saw blade through the staves. The diamonds at the bottom of each stave were formed with the mortise machine as well.

Close up pic of the bottom here

Could have sanded more and used a wood conditioner, but need to move on to the box part of the challenge. Finished with “Mission” stain from Rockler and Satin Polyurethane.

It has kind of a “Arts-and-Crafts-African-Folk-Art” feel to it.

-- Paul, Texas

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#1 posted 01-07-2008 11:18 PM

I knew it! You copied my design. Just kidding.

Very nice job! Good luck in the contest.

Now I’ll have to finish mine for sure.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-07-2008 11:50 PM

Good job Paul. Thinking outside the box. Good Luck

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 01-07-2008 11:55 PM

That was not what I was expecting when I saw your preliminary photos. Not that I knew what I was expecting, though. Nice job.

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#4 posted 01-08-2008 12:03 AM

Great design! Very unique. As a stand alone piece (even without the limitations of the contest) it is impressive. Bravo.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 01-08-2008 12:17 AM

Thanks Blake, Rikkor, Karson and Gary,

When my wife saw it she said, “Where are you going to put it?”

I instantly understood that it wasn’t going to go in our house (“doesn’t go with anything”). After 21 years of marriage, you hear those unspoken words behind the spoken words pretty clearly. If I had a destination for another, I would consider trying it with some different joinery and I think it might look better in white oak. Maybe in black walnut, too, but with some kind of fancy inlays, instead of cutouts?

-- Paul, Texas

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#6 posted 01-08-2008 12:27 AM

Pretty cool. It’s a bit surprising how much wood comes out of a 2×4.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 01-08-2008 01:05 AM


You can always send it to me! Nice work!

Good Health
Tony Ward

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#8 posted 01-08-2008 01:14 AM

Brilliant, I like the uniqueness. Not enough left over to make a small plant?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#9 posted 01-08-2008 01:14 AM

GREAT JOB,I like the bent staves

-- Robert,

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#10 posted 01-08-2008 02:27 AM

YES – outside the box!...

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 01-08-2008 04:20 AM

Interesting. It does have sort of a Arts-and-Crafts-African-Folk-Art look to it.

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#12 posted 01-08-2008 02:10 PM

this is magnificent… without the challenge, without the 2×4, without the.. whatever… all on its own, this is magnificent.

I like the cutouts. – it makes it look like the wood was just stretched around the frame.

You must be SO proud of this! Well done. :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 01-08-2008 05:48 PM

Very nice Paul. Good luck.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#14 posted 01-08-2008 06:09 PM

Darn good for a 2×4!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#15 posted 01-08-2008 11:17 PM

It’s just amazing what you ‘saw’ inside that 2×4! It does remind me of an African drum. You should tell your wife it doesn’t need to go with anything. Good luck.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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