Lighted Plant Stand

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 11-04-2013 11:39 AM 1600 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The thought came up from a window that we call in the Philippines capiz window. Instead of capiz, I used a diffuser (recycled from a projection tv) which is 1/8 inch thick. The combination of wood into plastic becomes a challenging one specially the gluing stage. Here are the feature how simple it was made so to speak but in reality you need a lot of patience.

Started the work on the 4 panels which are compose of skeletal frames rabbeted and cut the square pieces of diffusers. Then the glue is on… at first I used Loctite base but sad to know later that the vapour discolour the diffusers to white. Hard to take out. The second try was the use of glue gun…. it works but it does not stick for a longtime on plastic. A litter hammering then it was off. The last I try is the same wood glue I am using… the evostik which is fine after drying. I had never tried the silicon as it is too messy. The secret in constructing the rabbets on the skeletal frame where the square diffusers sets is…. I use my portable router with a reamer bit 1/2 diameter but I switch the ball bearing from bigger (1/2 dia) to smaller (1/4 dia) making a cut rabbet of 1/8.

One thing I observed with the diffuser I used… though there are white and black type… when the light is on then the black becomes white. Wood veneers are easier to use but easily can be damage.

Then the corner frames are rigid… I used 2×3 on the top, then 1×1 on the 4 sides. A groove on the framing made it easy for me to fit in the diffusers.

No nails been used in this project. I made it heavy so that it is strong enough to hold plant. The top glass is 1/4 inch thick that can hold the weight of the plant. I intentionally did not apply finish because I like it the way it is. Also, I am afraid that these plastic diffusers will change the quality when varnish is sprayed on. Anyway, my commander wife Agnes is the one that likes it very much. Anyone who sees it, would like to have one. Though I have the materials… I will not do it again….. simply because it is really difficult to cut manually those diffusers… on the above total = 55×4 pieces.

I hope you would have an idea on this project.


-- Bert

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#1 posted 11-04-2013 11:51 AM

It looks awesome! Wonderful work! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 11-04-2013 01:05 PM

Very nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 11-04-2013 01:12 PM

This is really a nice piece and I like the design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 11-04-2013 10:46 PM

This looks great. Very nice work.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#5 posted 11-05-2013 01:34 AM

Great idea! Really like the look when lit.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 01:37 AM

Well done, Bert : ) Thanks for the “lit” pictures showing how nice it really is .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 03:31 AM

Thanks to all,
If you dare to make this, I suggest to use plastic light diffuser rather than the one I used which was acrylic based. The difference lies in cutting the material into pieces. The acrylic breaks on the saw (using the circular saw and handsaw) while the plastic can be cut by shear or scissor but impossible with the circular saw as it melts.
Have a nice day to all.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 11-05-2013 12:48 PM

Wonderful Bert. I showed it to my wife and she loved it too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 11-06-2013 08:23 PM

Interesting work, Bert.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#10 posted 11-07-2013 04:56 PM

Beautiful and interesting plant stand! It is great to display in the living room, creates a warm and nice light effects. Creative and great work!

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