Plant Stand - Indoor / Outdoor

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Project by Karson posted 09-07-2007 07:41 PM 7963 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I was on vacation in Kansas City I was volunteered by the officers of the Mason-Dixon Woodworkers Club to make the door prize at our Holiday Banquet in November 2007.

So i started to think about it and I was impressed by Dorje’s Series on Outdoor Coffee table His part eight member has the completed table. I thought it might be nice but then reality kicked in and without knowing who might win, a table of that size might not fit into their lifestyles or home.

I then ratcheted down the size a little to make an Indoor / Outdoor Plant Stand. This copy is made out of Mahogany. I’ll probably make a half dozen or so for family members and a couple for the door prize. Some of the others will be made out of Cedar-Cypress. There is no finish on this table.

The table is a combination Shaker with Arts and Crafts type slats.

I drew up the plans on some graph paper

The table is 12 1/2” square and 14 3/4” high

The styles and rails are all 2 1/2” wide (In looking at the table, they might be a little wide 2” might be better),
The internal slats are 1 1/2” wide by 5/8” thick. The Mahogany that I had (Scraps) were 1 1/4” thick so I re-sawed to make 2 slats out of each piece.

The slats are 9 1/4” long with a 1” tenon on each end. All tenons were 1” long with the exception of the aprons because they needed to be 3/4” to where they meet inside the leg. See the diagram on the blueprint. The plans show the aprons being 2 1/2 wide also, I reduced those to 2” as I was cutting them because they looked too big.

I cut out 2 table with the mahogany wood.

I cut the shoulders of the tenons on the table saw to give 1/4” thick tenon. I then used the bandsaw to trim off the waste.

I used my new Mortise machine with the sliding table to drill out the mortises.

Trying the slats in the stiles.

Now with the rails.

All glued up.

Gluing up the base.

All assembled

My wife is taking this table to my daughter’s home tomorrow. So the first is disappearing.

First report my grandson who is about 14 months climbed up on the table as soon as he saw it and then fell off, so the table was put into the bedroom till he slows down a little.

-- 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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#1 posted 09-07-2007 08:26 PM

Nice project progression through photos! I know I would like this table with a door prize.

-- WaywardHoosier - Behind schedule and over budget, but who's counting? Well of course she is!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 09-07-2007 08:30 PM

Hi Karson;
My wife would love me more if I would make some of them for her, but I feel that’s working too cheap!

Nice project, nice workmanship, nice bandsaw!


LJ the LJ
as titled by Ms. Debbie

-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 09-07-2007 09:06 PM

Nice work, Karson. Really good in progress shots.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 09-07-2007 09:40 PM

Great work as always, Karson!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 09-07-2007 09:47 PM

Beautiful work and design, Karson!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 09-07-2007 09:49 PM

lovely door prize – can’t imagine why you were selected to make the door prize!!

great description of the process.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 09-07-2007 11:35 PM

Great table Karson! Thanks for the pictures.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#8 posted 09-08-2007 12:11 AM

Well conceived and made, Karson. Enjoyed the progress photos.

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

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#9 posted 09-08-2007 12:25 AM

Thanks Hoosier, Tom, Tom, Tom, Debbie, Rob and Don. I appreciate the comments.

Lee thanks and the bandsaw blade is a Laguna resaw blade. It cuts almost a sanding-free surface. Carbide teeth and they resarpen them when dull.

-- 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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#10 posted 09-08-2007 06:13 AM

Nice table Karson – and well documented process.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 09-08-2007 09:34 PM

I like the design and product Karson. It even matches your outdoor chair in the picture.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#12 posted 09-09-2007 02:01 AM

Thanks Bill, Bill.

It seems i have a stutter, Tom, Tom, Tom, and now Bill, Bill

We have to get some new names around here.

-- 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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Dan'um Style

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#13 posted 11-08-2007 05:08 AM

Nice table Bill.

This would be a great project for christmas.
I’ve got two daughters. One has a deck that this would look cool on. The other has a backyard with lawn chairs. She would love it too.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#14 posted 11-08-2007 05:12 AM

Thanks Dan. I just finished glueing two table tops tonight. So I can assemble the tables for the club. The meeting is next thursday. One week away. I’ll have three for the club.

I make some for the family from the Sapelle that I picked up at the door MFG last week.

-- 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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#15 posted 11-08-2007 05:31 AM

Wonderful table and I like the size too. I’d love to have a few on our deck after the thaw next spring. I’ll bookmark this so I can come back to them in 6 months or so.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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