Simple Display Stand

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This stand is one requested by my wife. She is a lover of plants and vases so she wanted a display stand that she could use for both. The details of this design are mine, but obviously, I’ve borrowed from other similar stands that I’ve seen elsewhere.

The wood is the most commonly available hardwood in Australia, Vic Ash – AKA Tassie Oak. It’s one of about four species of wood that are market under a variety of names include the two mentioned. It’s neither a true Oak nor Ash; it’s a eucalyptus.

For durability and water resistance, the finish is MinWax Wipe-On Poly, gloss.

The two shelves are MDF veneered with Tassie Oak and within a mitered Tassie Oak frame. For me the challenge was working out the angles created by the four legs that are inlined at 5 degrees.

My wife likes it, so that’s all that matters to me.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#1 posted 02-10-2007 11:21 AM

Don – What a beautiful and delicate table. I like the gentle curve of the top and inclined legs.


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#2 posted 02-10-2007 01:32 PM

Don, I also am impressed by the simple curve of the top. I’m glad to see that you took on that 5 degree challenge because where would we all be without taking those challenges. Quite impressive thanks for sharing!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#3 posted 02-10-2007 01:41 PM

once again Don beautiful piece. I love the colour so I am guessing that you stained the Tassie Oak. It’s a beautiful design. I recently was give the same request from my wife. I will have to post some of those pictures here soon. Until then, Cheers mate and nice work.

-- Kaleo ,

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#4 posted 02-10-2007 03:57 PM

Very nice. The angled legs are a challenge, that is clear to see. How did you work out the joinery?

If that is your home the picture was taken in, niiiiicccceeee. The room likes like a very nice place to relax. Of course, it could be a picture of your shop.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#5 posted 02-10-2007 05:08 PM

Very nice. I particularly like the top.

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

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#6 posted 02-10-2007 07:48 PM


-- Cheers

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#7 posted 02-10-2007 08:08 PM

Another very nice one from you as usual.
A dainty table, & fitting for your lady.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 02-10-2007 11:39 PM

Nice job!

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#9 posted 02-11-2007 05:20 AM

Quote Marc: ”The angled legs are a challenge, that is clear to see. How did you work out the joinery?”

Marc, I used my own ingenuity to figure out this one, which (hang my head in shame) did not include traditional joinery. All joints are simple butt joints with screws.

I started with the upper inside frame. (This shows below the scalloped top shelf.) This frame is made up of four pieces that meet at a 45 degree compound miter cut at a 5 degree slope. To these four pieces I face screwed an inner piece that is shorter than the length of the outer piece by the width of two legs. This piece is also cut at 5 degrees but without the miter.

This picture shows what I am trying to describe.

This 5 degree angle on the inside frame determines the rake of the legs at 5 degrees. So I made up two sides and attached the legs to these frames by screwing the legs into the inner pieces. These screws are hidden by the face piece of the frame. (If you look closely, you can see the head of the screw showing in the upper shot.

Then I made two other identical pieces made up of the outer and inner frame. These two pieces connected the two leg assemblies already made. These two components were screwed from the outside face piece. You can see two plugs that cover these screw holes in the picture below.

With this assembled I then had a stand with four legs and the upper mitered frame. Knowing that the angle was five degrees, I made up the lower shelf assembly in a somewhat similar fashion. I calculated the approximate distance between the legs and made up the assembly to this size with the angled openings to accept the legs. I slide this up from the bottom and adjusted for level, then screwed through the legs into the lower frame. The screw holes were offset so they wouldn’t meet and the screw holes were later plugged.

The top, being MDF with veneer was simply attached to the upper frame with angle brackets as shown in the first picture.

I’m sure there is a more conventional/traditional way to do this, but the whole project only took me 4 hours, so I was happy.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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dennis mitchell

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#10 posted 02-11-2007 06:17 AM

Built like a true cabinet maker!

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