Plant Stand

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-29-2014 07:25 PM 1640 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a new plant stand for our new sun room ( converted hot tub room) and I had made some before using oak and with straight legs. They were quick to make but when the tops got wet the oak turned black. So this gave me a chance to try out some concepts I had not used before. I wanted to make curved legs, floating tops and non wood tops.

This stand is made with ash, corian and brass. The top and the shelf are floating – shown in the second shot and the corian shelves have brass inserts shown in the 5th shot with the standoff rings.All put together with Harbor Freight epoxy!! The lower shelf is supported by 5/8” brass tubes that are screwed into the legs and then have screws into the bottom of the corian. I had made 4 ironwood tubes, but the first one shattered when I tried to drill that hole through the side so I ordered some brass and I knew that would be okay.

The horizontal holes in those curved legs were a tough job to try to do with a Forstner bit. They danced off center and I finally wound up doing them in the mill with a 5/8” router bit and everything clamped in the vise.

The last shot is the first thing I made- the curved legs with turned bottoms.

The stand st 12×16x 22.5 high. I designed the shelf height using the Fibonacci gauge but the size of the top does not fit the ratio. It would have to have been 12×19.4 to fit the ratio and that was too long..

I want to thank my friend Rod from Batavia, Il. for the corian. It was just the right sized piece for this project.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 06-29-2014 07:34 PM

Very COOL use of your Corian!

Very nice!

Great job!

Is the Top just screwed / bolted on?

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 06-29-2014 07:49 PM

That has a Great Look to it Jim, Very Nice Work!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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John Stegall

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#3 posted 06-29-2014 08:08 PM

Very nice, I really like how you used your lathe. I believe I am going to have to try that, very creative.

Joe, picture 4 seems to show that he glued the stand-offs for the top to the top with a threaded insert of some kind. Then
Picture 3 shows the screw going through the wood and I am assuming it screws into that insert…just guessing here.

-- jstegall

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#4 posted 06-29-2014 09:03 PM

Jim the stand is simply awesome. I love the bowed leg design and your choice of materials.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 06-29-2014 09:38 PM

Very nice work Jim. Classy looking piece.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 06-29-2014 10:49 PM

Very nifty Jim.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 06-29-2014 11:18 PM

Very nice Jim, neat turning for the curved legs and use of the corian.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Cedar Furniture Lodge

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#8 posted 06-29-2014 11:23 PM

Wow that is really nice work, I love how the leg’s came out. My compliment’s

-- "The Cedar King"

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 06-29-2014 11:39 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. Glad you like it.

Hi Joe, those brass inserts inside the corian standoffs are threaded 1/4-20 and they have screws coming in from the bottom to fasten them down.

Hi John, I have to find an excuse every day to turn something on one of the lathes.

Here is a shot of the broken Iron Wood tubes I made the first time:

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 06-29-2014 11:56 PM

I never think of mixing anything with wood but there’s nothing wrong with this combo. I believe the floating top sets off the beauty. Great work Jim.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 06-30-2014 01:00 AM

these turned out really nice jim, i like the mixture of the oak and the corian..and the brass, your so good at manufacturing these woodworking projects, you inspire me a lot…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 06-30-2014 03:39 AM

This deserve much greater purpose than just plant stand. Excellent execution. Those turned/bandsawed legs looks fantastic!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 06-30-2014 11:04 AM

VERY nice design and build Jim. Perfect as a plant stand with the Corian.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 06-30-2014 12:53 PM

Thanks Dave, Bob, Ivan and Mike!!

Hi Dave. I like using brass for different parts of projects but it is getting real expensive these days. I used to go to the recycler here in town to buy it at over $4 a pound but they had no round stock this size. I find there are a lot of different metals on E bay for sale and that is where I bought this stuff.

I did get to use the templates off my earlier project of the template shelves. The corian top has a 100” radius on the sides and a 65” radius on the ends and the wood aprons do too.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 06-30-2014 01:28 PM

Outstanding design, nicely executed and with perfect materials for the intended purpose—another winner.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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