Plant Stand

Did you know that I do some woodworking? I’m pretty terrible at it, which is great because fixing all my mistakes makes me slightly less terrible at it. I took some woodworking classes at San Francisco City College (which I highly recommend) and have been sucking at it ever since. This time around, I decided to build a bench-like plant stand for our back deck. Here are results.


sawingbyhand

Sawing my pieces by hand.



fixingbyhand

Fixing the pieces I sawed by hand. Right angles are a must!



frame

I clamped the frame together before joining them with screws. Note the tri-square in there, letting me know if I had the right angles I was going for (I did!).



oops

This was my first time working with brass screws. They won’t rust but they’re also incredibly malleable. More malleable than I realized. There’s no fix for this so this is how I left it.



clampinglegs

To be honest, gluing the legs to the frame wasn’t the best way to do this. I wish I had used dowel joints instead. Live and learn.



gluingwithpaletteknife

I’ve found that using a palette knife to spread my glue is the best way to get an even coat laid down.



drillingsquare

I pre-drilled holes in the slats. Note the piece of scrap wood so that I don’t drill through my work table. Also note the tri-square. I used it as a visual guide to keep my drill bit square to the work.



attachingslats

I clamped the slats down before drilling the pilot holes in the frame and then attached with screws.



finished stand closer

The finished stand in its new home. I sanded the whole piece but didn’t apply any sealer. It will age naturally, greying over time.



finished stand

Here it is! I added some rails along the bottom so that more plants could fit.


#amateur #bench #plantstand #woodworking

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