Small Projects #8: Jatoba and Marble Plant Stand

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Blog entry by Madmark2 posted 01-27-2020 10:21 PM 441 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a project I made about 20 years ago. It’s out of jatoba with a “Tito’s Green” marble floor tile inset into the top. The wood is finished with Johnson’s paste floor wax and the jatoba has darkened to the lovely burgundy color you see here:

Jatoba Plant Stand

Marble is porous and watering spills will be absorbed and evaporate. Being a floor tile instead of a wall tile it is thicker and heavier than a wall tile.

The unit was quite heavy as I just planed the 4/4 stock just enough to give me a clean surface and left it thick. Plus, of course, the weight of the marble. A friend who was helping me move commented that it was surprisingly heavy.

The legs are tapered on two sides. The drawer front is full thickness jatoba with a half insert dovetailed to the oak drawer frame. The bottom of the drawer is 1/4” ply. The sides and back are all the same height but the back is raised 1/2” to allow the bottom to be inserted. The raised back also acts as a catch so that if the drawer is pulled fully forward and released the drawer will not fall out.

The bottom gingerbread shape was drawn in AutoCAD and printed out 1:1. I glued the pattern down with rubber cement and cut it out with the band saw. After sanding the curves the front edge was routed with a round over bit. The same bit was used on the table edge.

The brass pull is the only metal in this project.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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