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Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

author-gravatar GoatTnder Jan 06, 2020

Made a batch of four plant stands for Christmas presents. One each in maple, cherry, walnut, and white oak. All of them ended up with African mahogany tops. Gifts for the four most important women in my life: wife, mom, grandma, and sister.

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Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

Finished first, this one lives in my entry way.

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

Final plans, after several sketches and iterations. Please ignore the coffee stains.

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

A cardboard mockup to make sure I liked the dimensions. Since I was making four at once, I wanted to be happy with the final!    

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

Rough dimensioned lumber. From top to bottom it's maple, oak, cherry, and walnut.

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

My cross-cut sled wasn't wide enough for a 30" stop to make sure each leg was the same length. So added this janky extension!

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

Here's the setup I used to make sure each mortise was drilled in the exact same location.

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

32 mortises. Let me tell you how much I was tempted to buy a hollow-chisel mortiser.

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

Tenons were cut with a stop on the cross-cut sled.

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

Lots of pieces ready for glue. The four cross-bars got half-lap joints so they could sit flush.

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

Here's the glueup for each. I messed up and did the top half and bottom half of the maple separate, and then found I had no way to  connect them!

I ended up having to cut it apart, and you'll see a walnut patch in the bottom of it from here on out.

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

All the steps for the tops: Cut sections to length, and joint two together for the full width. Made a template circle in plywood, and used a flush trim router bit to cut each top. Lots of sanding to prevent tear-out.

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

Finishing with three coats of arm-r-seal.

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

Completed stands. The tops are screwed in place with one screw right through the center of the top cross bar.

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

Group shot inside.

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

And here are the figured tops.

Photo of Mid-Century Plant Stands for Christmas

Cutting board tax made from the scraps.

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