Repurposed Cedar Plant Stands

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Project by mspain77 posted 06-16-2017 09:38 PM 998 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got some pretty old cedar boards from my neighbors who were removing a built-in that was added back in the seventies. The pieces were 8’ tall, 10” wide and 2” thick and covered in a grotesque brown paint, as seen in one of the pics.
These are for my father-in-law for Father’s Day, as he has a couple now that are leaning and can hardly support the heavy plants on top of them. I made these 40” tall because his spider plants are almost touching the ground on their current stands which are probably 28”-30” tall.
You can see some holes here from all the fasteners used to install the built-in. Rather than cut around them and waste wood, I filled them with epoxy and chalked it up to character.
These will be on a covered patio so subject to very little direct rain or sunlight. Though I know cedar does very well on it’s own in the outdoors, I still sealed with a light coat of shellac and then added a couple coats of spray-on Helmsman spar urethane. I used pocket holes because of time constraints with other projects, and also because they are strong and these are going to be seen as mostly utilitarian anyway. I also used table top fasteners to allow for wood movement on the panel tops that I glued up. Lastly, I made a tapering jig out of scraps and it worked beautifully of these legs. I will definitely be doing that more often, but not on everything.
I think the shellac turned out a little blotchy in some areas, but that’s okay for this project. I didn’t even know what that was or how to recognize it until a few months ago when I saw Marc Spagnuolo talking about it, and I guarantee my fiance’s family won’t notice it. There is also a chamfer on the bottom of the table top for subtle feature but you can’t see it in these pics. Maybe I’ll take another one…
I’d like to hear any comments, criticism (if it’s constructive only), or answer any questions. Thanks for your time in looking at this, and happy woodworking. :)

-- "Always count a woodworkers fingers before heeding their advice." -Mike Spain

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#1 posted 06-17-2017 02:18 AM

For a”beginner” you did a marvelous job

For any of us these would be considered an excellent job!


I also love the use of “rescued” lumber.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 06-18-2017 04:57 AM

Well thank you ralbuck! That’s quite a feather in my cap, and I do appreciate it. Yeah, this project was a perfect opportunity to use that cedar. When I first got it, I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but they were huge boards and I couldn’t say no…even though I didn’t really have the room for them either. LOL
Thanks again!

-- "Always count a woodworkers fingers before heeding their advice." -Mike Spain

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