Display Stand

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Project by Overthehill posted 04-07-2021 12:52 AM 875 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I normally carve, usually my own designs, or unusual (interesting) “other” designs (modified) that inspire me. However, my Pastor requested that I come up with a way of creating a Christmas tree “display” for Poinsettias that could could be used for a Christmas sermon. He left it up to me, but he would have been satisfied with a bunch of card board boxes, on which to display an array of Poinsettias. However I couldn’t abide the the “minimalist” idea he would have accepted. The pictures are from the results of his challenge and my unwillingness to do the minimum.

The display is used twice each year for Christmas and Easter. (I post this now be cause Easter is over, and you now have a year to recreate (if inspired) the structure.) As an aside, .. our Pastor is violently allergic to Easter Lillies, so I can’t provide a picture for this event other than “mixed” flowers for this Celebration.

The design, resulted from modifications of a design that I created to display my carvings (and from a ceramics class that I participated in shortly after I “retired”.) It had to fit under the Cross in our Sanctuary (with the “flowers” not obscuring the central purpose of our being there,) and had to take the form of a Christmas tree. It also had to hide (as much as possible) the supporting structure.

The result was (I agree) a bit over engineered! To assure the structure would not damage the wall behind the display, would provide adequate “stepping” that would assure proper offset between each step to allow for the “flowers” to both be displayed without damage and still retain a balance that allowed between one and ten (fully loaded) potted flowers to be displayed was a real challenge.

What I ended up with was a structure that could stand alone with about 50 pounds of load at the top without damage (tipping couldn’t happen), and could hold 200(?) pounds on each of the bottom two shelves without damage, as long as the loads were centered.

The details of the design I’ll provide to anyone interested.

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#1 posted 04-07-2021 12:58 AM

Very nice work and it really displays well. Nice work.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 04-08-2021 01:39 AM

Nice job!! And I find over engineering to be very satisfying. ;) seriously, great job – too bad the use is limited to just those two times a year.

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#3 posted 04-08-2021 03:49 PM

Great solution to the challenge. Beautiful design, well thought out. Awesome…

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

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