Mixer stand build

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Blog series by Lalen updated 01-03-2017 04:48 PM 5 parts 5318 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Getting Started: Legs and top

12-05-2016 02:42 PM by Lalen | 0 comments »

Yep, using soft pine. Not confident enough yet to spend the $ on hardwood. This could just end up being a prototype if I don’t like how it finishes but it wont be used for chopping. Updated Plan Gluing up the legs: Taper Jig ready (haven’t made it adjustable yet) Gluing up the top. Need some shorter pipes for my pipe clamps. 5’ pipe clamps on a 16.5” wide top. “ha!” but I needed their strength.. Top ended up with a slight twi...

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Part 2: Legs and "joinery"

12-06-2016 02:55 PM by Lalen | 3 comments »

Tapering of the legs went pretty well. The tapering jig in the last post failed a little because all I had done is shoot brad nails in the cross braces. ( Duh!) had to reset the angle and re-cut a few sides but not too bad. (lesson #1: secure the jig!) Since this was a 4 side taper, I cut 2 sides, then used the off-cut as a wedge to fill the gap when I cut the other 2 sides. I cut the notch (dado?) for the shelf in my table saw sled before I did the taper so it would be perpendicular ...

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Part 3: Updated drawing, lower shelf and dowel holes

12-08-2016 08:42 PM by Lalen | 0 comments »

Updated drawing- Planning to use walnut for contrasting dowels. Stain will be early american, a bit lighter than this indicates. Planing the lower shelf with the router jig. Much easier with a 1.5” bit! I didnt think about it while setting it up, but by making the side rails sacrificial and tight to the piece it gives a good zero clearance to avoid tear out.. Not a problem on the ends because they will be cut off square. Installing the lower shelf. Using table saw t...

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Part 4: Getting it finished - Almost

12-12-2016 01:01 AM by Lalen | 3 comments »

One final design change. After doing a dry fit assembly I didn’t like the design of the towel bar so I made a new one and updated the drawing. With this design I cut it out of one board. I think it fits a little better and gives a little more room for kitchen towel. Close up of the walnut dowels pinning the mortises. They have a little competition for attention from knots on the legs. Stain and first topcoat on. The stain really highlights the grain! and any pla...

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Part 5: Follow up: Put to use

01-03-2017 04:48 PM by Lalen | 1 comment »

I am a little slow to close this out, but Mom loved her mixer stand and has got it in its new home. It seems plenty sturdy. She put a heavy scale on the bottom which helps move the center of gravity. I’m glad I put adjustable feet! It sat perfectly on 4 legs when on a flat surface, but turns out her tile in that corner was a bit uneven, but no problem. Thanks again to all for the feedback during the build. Special thanks to CaptainSkully (

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