How to Construct a Simple Wood Plant Stand
Other articles on this site have discussed the creation of a simple wood plant stand. This article builds on those topics, while at the same time keeping the design simple enough for a beginner.
Step 1 – Create Legs
In this step of the project, you are going to need to create 3 legs. The height of the legs is up to you, but keep in mind the practical considerations that come into play when designing the height of a plant stand. You don’t want to create a stand that is difficult for you to reach. The legs should all be the same length, at least 5 mm thick and in the shape of a rectangular prism. You can have the legs taper off into curves for added stability at the base of the structure, but this is not necessary.
Step 2 – Create Stands
In this step of the project, you’ll need to create 2 circular pieces. The first should have a circumference wider than the base of the flower pot you will place on it. Approximately 1/3 inch in from the ends of the circle should be a raised surface for the rest of the circle. Mark the locations where the 3 legs will be attached to the circle, keeping the legs equi-distant from each other. Then, based on the positions of the 3 legs, make sure you create a second circle that will be used to stabilize the 3 legs. This circle should have a diameter that allows it to touch all 3 legs when they are placed in position with respect to the first circle that you created.
Step 3 – Attach Inner Circle
Make sure you attach the inner circle (the second one you created in the previous step) first, because attaching this circle will be a problem if you do not attach it first. The best place to attach the inner circle is just before the point where the legs curve outward for balance. If you did not follow the "curved leg" option in the first step, attach the inner circle approximately 3/5 of the way down the entire length of the legs. Attach the circle with wood glue.
Step 4 – Attach Outer Circle
Make sure you wait for the glue to dry on the inner circle before attaching the outer circle. If you did the first attachment properly--keeping in mind the indicated positions of the legs on the first circle from Step 2, you should now be able to attach the legs to the bottom surface of the outer circle with no problem. Use adhesive to attach the outer circle and add finishing nails for extra strength.
Step 5 – Finish
This stand is simple enough that it does not need to be finished. However, you can finish it with paint or stain depending on your preference. Either way, you have finished the project and are not ready to use the plant stand to hold pots as soon as the adhesive has dried.