Plant Stand -- Curly Maple and Quilted Maple

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Project by Jim posted 05-25-2009 06:43 PM 3862 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made 5 plant stands for Christmas gits in 2005. The plan is from Barry Black in the April 2005 issue of Popular Woodworking. This was one of the more challenging projects I have done, but very rewarding.

Two of the stands have a cherry base and curly maple top and shelf.

Two of the stand have a walnut base and curly maple top and shelf.

One stand has a cherry base with a quilted maple top and shelf.

Each stand is finished with GF Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat from General Finsihes, no stains.

I marked the bottom of the shelf with the type of wood and finished used.

I made a MDF template of a leg and then rough cut them out then used the template to router them to final size. The legs are mitered and attached to the legs with splines.

To find the quilted and curly maple in the sizes I needed, I bought the boards on eBay. The walnut and cherry from a local wood supplier.

You can see the plans at:


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#1 posted 05-25-2009 07:05 PM

I really like these. You did a great job.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#2 posted 05-25-2009 07:09 PM

These are gorgeous!

I really like the design, especially the smaller lower shelf.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-25-2009 07:54 PM

WOW!!! Beautiful Wood and craftsmanship. Wellcome to LumberJocks.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 05-25-2009 08:00 PM

You put your shop and talent to good use there. Great gift ideas. Lucky friends and relatives. Good stuff, welcome aboard…..........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 05-25-2009 08:30 PM

Hey Jim
Welcome to Ljs .These are really nice tables it looks like you got the hang of making these tables down really well. Beautiful tables and nice fiqured wood. Thanks for your service to our country.



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#6 posted 05-25-2009 08:33 PM

Great looking job!

Quilted maple is one of my favorite woods.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 05-26-2009 12:22 PM

Very nice stands. I`m sure they were well received.
Thanks for posting them.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#8 posted 05-29-2009 07:22 PM

Awesome, great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 03-26-2010 03:39 AM

Well done. Thanks for the link to your version. I like that you did the beads on the legs. I chickened out and did a round over on mine. Did you use a plane or router to do it? It looks like you didn’t have too much trouble with the dowel joints. I struggled to make a smooth transition from the leg to the shelf stretchers. I had to use a little putty post finishing to hide an error or two. The splines were the toughest aspect. I’d either build a jig like the instructions or use biscuits. Biscuits seem like the way to go if I do it again. Well done.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#10 posted 07-11-2010 11:36 AM

Great job.

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