Display Stand for Ornamental Rocks

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 11-11-2014 01:44 PM 1744 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto]

Several years ago my daughter went with her class to a local mineral museum. While there, she bought two ornamental rocks and gave to me and my wife (her mother). For a few years they lived on our dresser, but finally my wife asked me to make a holder where they could be displayed.

I used some disks I had left over from other projects. The large piece is from the back of a cajon. The smaller ones are from some other projects. (See Candy, I knew I should save them!) All of them are plywood. I prettied up the base by taking a bite out of two edges with a hole saw. Then I drilled wells in the holders with a Forstner bit.

I finished it with spray lacquer and glued a piece of felt on the bottom.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 11-11-2014 06:04 PM

Nice little home for your pet rocks.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 11-11-2014 07:02 PM

Beautiful, Dave! I really like the stepped presentation and how the layers in the ply mimic the layers in the rocks. Keep on saving, or as AngieO would say, rescuing!

-- God bless, Candy

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 11-11-2014 07:58 PM

Oldtool, Hmm. It’s interesting that they haven’t been referred to as pet rocks. Then again, my wife and I were on the younger side of that generation in the 70’s. I remember the phenomenon, but never had a rock to play with.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 11-11-2014 08:02 PM

Candy, You spotted some serendipity there. The layers didn’t occur to me that way.

I don’t think anyone can stop me from rescuing wood, though I temper my street grabs with conditions on ‘safe to pull over’ spots.

I’m actually happy this week as my current project is using up some of my wood. Plenty more around though.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 01-04-2015 05:16 PM

looks great! might have to borrow this idea for some eggs I picked up in Afghanistan… thanks for posting!

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