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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #91: Current Project: Heavy Duty Plant Stand

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 12-08-2016 04:17 PM 1604 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This will be a gift to the wife, as she has been asking for some time that I make a low-level floor stand for her large plants. As I have been building this I’ve come to the conclusion I would like to make more of these, in various wood species, designs and heights to sell starting next year. I don’t know that I would reproduce this one design again. This was ‘ad hoc’ based on what scrap reclaimed 2×4s I had in the shop. Not that using this material would be bad. I could torch the wood for grain effect, paint (one color or in the current popular distressed look finish), stain, even add inlays to the top and base. So regardless of how this build turns out, there will be more plant stands, stools, etc., to follow.

The top is a little over 2” thick. Skirts are about an inch thick, the legs about two. Tapers are done with a hand plane (shown). I used a Stanley No. 6 and No. 4 to level and smooth one side of the top, then flipped and ran it through a thickness planer. All other components were cut to shape with the table saw.

The picture shows the pieces laid out next to each other. Assembly will be with glue and dowels for the base. Table top (figure eight) washers will be used to affix the top to the base. There will mostly likely be further changes made to this project before assembly begins. If I can figure out how to guarantee centered holes in the leg ends, I may drill them out for furniture casters, which is what the wife wants. We’ll see what I can jig up. Also, I am undecided on the finish.

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works



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luv2learn

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#1 posted 12-08-2016 04:57 PM

Looks sturdy enough for any size plant she wants to sit on it. Nicely done Paul.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 12-08-2016 07:04 PM

Good idea and good design too!

If not used for plant should be sturdy enough for elephant training!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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Paul Bucalo

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#3 posted 12-09-2016 01:25 AM



Looks sturdy enough for any size plant she wants to sit on it. Nicely done Paul.

- luv2learn

Thanks, Lee. I was thinking this might almost be sturdy enough to support my weight if I sat on it. Fortunately, I’m not in need to find out. ;)

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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Paul Bucalo

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#4 posted 12-09-2016 01:27 AM



Good idea and good design too!

If not used for plant should be sturdy enough for elephant training!

- ralbuck

Thanks, rjR. Not sure about the elephants. :D I expect that this will spring into a parallel target: stools. I think this is going to be a lot of fun. :)

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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handsawgeek

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#5 posted 12-12-2016 11:27 PM

Nice! Good to see that you have the dungeon up to the point where you can now concentrate on projects.

-- Ed

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Paul Bucalo

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#6 posted 12-13-2016 10:38 PM


Nice! Good to see that you have the dungeon up to the point where you can now concentrate on projects.

- handsawgeek

Thanks, Ed. I’m only sort of there. I have a few projects in the works, one of which you see here. A busy month with Dad’s healthcare and the holidays. Still some space problems in the shop. Oy vey. At least I’m doing something, right?

-- -- Paul @ PMB Creative Works

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