Plant Stand Trio

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Project by AandCstyle posted 04-05-2018 08:26 PM 1546 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These were a fun little project that also helped me justify my recent Domino purchase. The interior decorator selected cheap borg tiles for the surfaces because they will not be very visible as you can see from pic 5. I wimped out and didn’t grout the tiles. Instead, I have the tiles sitting on ledgers and covered the top exposed edges with quarter round which is what I attempted to show in pic 4. The two taller stands are to match the height of the window sills where they will be located. Those stands are 10.5” square and the short one is 17.5” square. The tusked tenons are strictly for show. Personally, I am not wild about the proportions of the tall one and the short one, but that is what the decorator wanted and please don’t tell her I said this. :D

Thanks for looking.

-- Art

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#1 posted 04-05-2018 08:40 PM

These are just gorgeous and so stylish. Really nice!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 04-05-2018 09:07 PM

These are very nice and the wood is wonderful.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 04-05-2018 09:42 PM

Very nice Art, I had not thought of making a small sized one, till now ;)
I dadoed my tile in, sealed the edges with silicone and let the tile float.

-- Doug...

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#4 posted 04-05-2018 11:41 PM

Very nice M! Did you find the domino tool to be helpful or a time saver? Do you feel it was worth the investment? I have thought about getting one but it have yet to justify the purchase.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#5 posted 04-06-2018 12:18 AM

My thanks to everyone.

Doug, LOML wanted to get the plant off the floor so it could get a bit more light so this was the answer to that.

Steve, the Domino is very accurate as you would expect and the tenons fit very tightly. I often resort to vise grip pliers to remove them after having done a dry fit. In answer to your questions: Yes, they make a better fit much faster that I am able to do. Helpful? I used the cutter to make the through mortises and quickly squared the ends by hand. They are faster as well, but more importantly, from my perspective, they eliminate the tedium of making 24 mortises for each stand. I doubt I would have made this design if I had to make all these M&Ts in a more traditional way. I know people enjoy the process, as do I, but I enjoy the satisfaction of seeing the completed project more.

I thought about the purchase for a long time before I pulled the trigger. Then, I realized that I am not getting any younger and my kids don’t need any money from me, so why not splurge on something that is useful. If I had bought it when I first started thinking about it, it would have paid for itself by now figuring $1 per mortise.

Yeah, maybe I drank the Festool Kool-Aid, but that is cheaper than beer in the long run. :D

-- Art

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#6 posted 04-06-2018 12:33 AM

Those are some nice looking stands, Art.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 04-06-2018 03:13 AM

Here is how I handled the tile question, I left it a bit proud of the surface … no grout and no molding …

I hope the photo comes thru … haven’t used this before … plenty confusing

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#8 posted 04-06-2018 06:50 AM

Nice collection. I like those curves here and there you made.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 04-06-2018 02:16 PM

Very nice! Now make darn sure those pots have a tray under them so the water doesn’t spoil them nice plant stands! :-)

-- Pete

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#10 posted 04-06-2018 05:29 PM

The tusk tenons and concave stretchers were the first thing I noticed. Of course the flecks and rays in the QSWO look great too. After looking at them more, I actually think the tall one is my favorite. Another well done project.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#11 posted 04-06-2018 05:54 PM

Looking good Art! I was getting worried with so many conflicting suggestions on the tiles you sold your tools and took up golf 8^)

I think your choice on tile installation is best in the long run, I’d always fear what leaking water would do.

We are resigned to leaving our plants on the floor, the cats seem to bother them less for whatever reason. Even my wife is starting to question why we even bother. If I copied your plans, I’d need to make them look more like a prison guard tower, complete with razor wire and water cannon turrets to keep the house critters at bay.

Glad to hear your Domino is keeping warm.I have one as of about 6 months ago and am slowly introducing it into projects. I still can’t justify buying the Dominos so I just create my own with scrap sized on the drum sander.

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#12 posted 04-06-2018 06:36 PM

These came out great. Inspiring work.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#13 posted 04-06-2018 07:10 PM

Art, these pieces look like they could have been made by Green and Green or Stickley. Your arrangement of the rays and the stain make the figure in the grain pop.
I’m sure your client is pleased with the proportions, I would be. Your arches compliment the piece.
You have been very busy lately.
I hope this project paid for the great but expensive domino tool.

-- James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 04-06-2018 08:43 PM

Geez, thanks, everyone, you are embarrassing me!

Mike, that is a great idea for your beautiful stand. It works with a tile that has finished edges, but ours were cut on 2 sides to get the size required. The cut edges wouldn’t have looked as nice as yours.

Pete, yup, dishes under the pots are de rigueur.

Splint, we once had a plant stand that had a clear plastic globe that had about a 6” opening in the top. The cat would get inside it and sleep there. It had to have been the warmest place in the house.

James, I still have about another thousand mortises to go for that, but I am more than happy to keep working toward that goal. :)

-- Art

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#15 posted 04-06-2018 08:46 PM

Nice work!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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