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Walnut and Brass Plant Stand

author-gravatar harrison17 Dec 26, 2019

My amazing wife bought me a Festool Domino and gave it to me last week for an early Christmas, so the least I could do was make her something.  I finished it Christmas morning, right in the nick of time.  I found a great piece of riftsawn walnut and threw in some brass to liven it up a little.  Finished with Odie's Oil

#walunt #plantstand #brass #festool #domino

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Finished photos first

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Photo of Walnut and Brass Plant Stand
Photo of Walnut and Brass Plant Stand
Photo of Walnut and Brass Plant Stand
Photo of Walnut and Brass Plant Stand
Photo of Walnut and Brass Plant Stand

What started the whole process.  I'm a lucky guy

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Brainstorming some designs

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This was in the shorts bin at my lumberyard.  As soon as I saw it I knew it was the one

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Getting things dimensioned.  Not pictured are my planer and bandsaw.  I hate ripping by hand.  I used to dimension everything with just hand planes, but I'll never give up my planer now that I've used one

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Gratuitous shaving shot

Photo of Walnut and Brass Plant Stand
Photo of Walnut and Brass Plant Stand

Ganging up the pieces

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Some nice endgrain squaring things up

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Adding the curves

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Photo of Walnut and Brass Plant Stand

Ready for the bandsaw

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I was in a hurry and didn't take any pictures.  I used an oscillating spindle sand, spokeshaves, and card scrapers to smooth these out

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Cleaning up the tapers

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Fine tuning the half laps.  I think they're harder to cut by hand than dovetails

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Parts are finished

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Practice so I don't screw up everything

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Almost idiot proof.  But it worked!

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Glue up time

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Flushing things up with a card scraper

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Cut my brass pieces

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Some 5 minute epoxy

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Photo of Walnut and Brass Plant Stand

I really underestimated how long it would take me to file these down.  I got nervous and left them longer than I needed to, which didn't help either

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Chamfering the tops

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marking the legs to get rid of wobble

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All ready for finish.  Everything sanded to 600 grit

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I've been using Odie's Oil a lot lately.  Super easy to use.  I apply it with a white Scotchbrite pad, buffing into the grain, let dry for an hour, and buff off.  Super simple

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And done on Christmas morning

Photo of Walnut and Brass Plant Stand

7 comments

Nicely done on the design and grain choice! The brass accents are a nice touch as well. Thanks for sharing!

@Sean  said:

Nicely done on the design and grain choice! The brass accents are a nice touch as well. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Sean!  It was a fun little project

@harrison17  said:
@Sean  said:

Nicely done on the design and grain choice! The brass accents are a nice touch as well. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Sean!  It was a fun little project

The domino is amazing, isn't it!?

@Sean  said:
@harrison17  said:
@Sean  said:

Nicely done on the design and grain choice! The brass accents are a nice touch as well. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Sean!  It was a fun little project

The domino is amazing, isn't it!?

It's going to completely change the way I work.  It's hard to find time to do things as is, but the Domino is going to help so much

Very nice! I have been toying with brass inlay lately. I found it sands very easily with a power sander. In fact, I was struggling with 45 degree angles for brass inlay into a picture frame and finally realized if I set my oscillating sander table to 45 degrees I could very quickly just sand the corners to 45. I imagine a shooting board would work as well. 

I have been looking at the dominos since my biscuit jointer hasn't been working lately. Maybe for my birthday! 

@WoodGate  said:

Very nice! I have been toying with brass inlay lately. I found it sands very easily with a power sander. In fact, I was struggling with 45 degree angles for brass inlay into a picture frame and finally realized if I set my oscillating sander table to 45 degrees I could very quickly just sand the corners to 45. I imagine a shooting board would work as well. 

I have been looking at the dominos since my biscuit jointer hasn't been working lately. Maybe for my birthday! 

Once I had it filed down enough it sanded flush really easily. I don't have a belt sander or a sanding table.  Sounds like you have it figured out on the miters!  

From my limited use on the Domino it's going to be fantastic to have around. Highly recommend

I love it!  Exquisitely designed, and flawlessly executed.

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