Frank Lloyd Wright Print Stand

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Project by Bill posted 11-15-2007 11:33 AM 7214 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally completed my latest project. This is from a set of plans I found on a woodworking site, but I forgot which one. As legend goes, this is a print stand that Frank Lloyd Wright designed, but never did build. For that reason alone, I felt I had to do this. Plus, it helps to round out my artist line of products.

The stand is made from Oak, with three coats of Shellac (2lb cut clear) for protection. The overall dimensions are 36” tall, 8” wide, and 10” deep. The spindles and frame use Festool dominos to attach. The legs are also attached with dominos. The hardest part was using the Festool to make the mortises on the base and upper support. When I make the next one, I will probably build a jig to ensure I get the mortises spaced and centered more easily. Overall, I like how it turned out.

The pictures are tall and skinny, so you will have to enlarge them to see the complete project.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#1 posted 06-23-2007 01:31 AM

very nice…I used to be into photography—-when you say “print stand” is this for paintings? photo? or??? Either way it is an art piece all by itself…very nice!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 06-23-2007 01:50 AM

Very nice Bill. I of course read it as Plant stand. And I said to myself. I guess you could put a plant on the base area, but nothing up higher.

NapaMan set me straight when he stated “print stand”

Nice piece of furniture.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 06-23-2007 01:54 AM

Thanks. The site I got the plans from called it a print stand, so I kept the name. Remember, FLW was building things a long time ago, so their terminology may be different that what we would call it today. I would think you could use it for either paintings or photos. I would say anything in a frame would work on it, even drawings and lithographs.

Karson, that is an idea as well, to build a plant stand based on this. I would make the base a little bigger to hold the pot better. Also, I would remove the little block from each end, since it would not be needed. I can see a nice vine of ivy or something growing around and through it. Of course that might damage the stand on down the road.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#4 posted 06-23-2007 02:00 AM

Glad to help Bill. Well you could use real plants and fake Ivy to twist around the upper portion.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 06-23-2007 02:01 AM

Great project Bill. I visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s house in Oak Park, Il once and I think you captured the spirit well.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 06-23-2007 02:35 AM

Great work Bill. I could use a couple of these around my house.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#7 posted 06-23-2007 03:24 AM

It is too nice to cover up with a print, in my humble opinion.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 06-23-2007 04:04 AM

I like the miters on the center frame a lot, makes for very clean lines. I’ve been eyeing the Chinese triple miter recently, haven’t quite gotten up the nerve to try one yet though.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#9 posted 06-23-2007 04:47 AM

Very nice, Bill.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#10 posted 06-23-2007 06:31 AM

Very nice job Bill I have seen this on the Popular Woodworking free pllans list. I’ve wanted to make it too, just could’nt justify the cost of the art. You did a splendid job. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 06-23-2007 06:37 AM


-- Dan

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#12 posted 06-23-2007 08:11 AM

Excellent work Bill – Nice addition to the collection

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#13 posted 06-23-2007 01:30 PM

Very nice work, Bill

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#14 posted 06-23-2007 06:03 PM

Looks real nice. Is it your art that will be displayed?

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#15 posted 06-23-2007 10:41 PM

Thank you for all the compliments. I just added a picture to show how the stand works. I like the way you think Os, it is pretty enough to be a work of art itself.

Now I just need to find some art gallery to buy a few dozen. I could make them different sizes to accommodate various paintings etc.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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