Plant Stand

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buildsomething added on 4/5/2017

Put your favorite plants on a pedestal by building an attractive stand. Both the low and high versions hold a 12.5"-diameter pot. You’ll find pots around this same size in any garden supply store or home center. With just a few simple cuts and pocket-hole joints, construction is quick and simple.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Make the Cross Braces

To get started, build the cross braces. The dimensions are the same whether you’re building the high stand or the low one. If you’re building high stand, cut two Long Cross braces and four Short Cross braces to length from a 2x2 pine board, as shown in the cut diagram. If you’re building the low stand, you only need one Long Cross brace and two Short Cross braces, as shown. After cutting the pieces, set your pocket-hole jig for 1 1/2"-thick material, and then drill pocket holes at the locations shown. On Short Cross pieces, the upper ends of the pocket holes will overlap, as shown. This doesn’t cause any problems at all.

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Assemble the Braces

Align one Short Cross brace to the Long Cross brace at the location shown, and then secure it using 2 1/2" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws. Align the second Short Cross brace and repeat the process.

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Make the Legs

Cut four Long Legs or four Short Legs to length—depending on which stand you are building—from 2x2 boards, as shown in the cut diagram.


Attach the Braces to the Legs

Now you can assemble your plant stand by connecting the brace assembly to the Legs. Before you do this, check the height of your pots. The ones we used were almost 11" tall. If yours are taller or shorter, you may want to adjust the position of the brace assembly. For the high stand, position the brace assemblies on one Leg as shown. For the low stand, position the brace assembly at the lower position. Secure the brace(s) to the Leg using 2 1/2" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws. Then you can add the rest of the Legs. Because space is tight, you’ll want to use a right-angle attachment on your drill, along with a shorter square-drive bit.


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Apply Your Favorite Finish

With your stand assembled, you can add finish. We painted the upper “ring” on the pots, and painted the upper end of each Leg to match. Then we wiped a clear oil finish on the rest of the stand.

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(2) 2x2, 72", Board (Short Stand)  
(2) 2x2, 96", Board (Tall Stand)  


(12) 2 1/2" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws (Short Stand) Shop Online
(24) 2 1/2" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws (Tall Stand) Shop Online
(1) wood glue Shop Online
(1) right-angle drill attachment Shop Online
(1) 12" terra cotta clay pot Shop Online

Parts/Cut List:

(4) Low Stand Leg, 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" x 18" pine  
(1) Long Stand Cross, 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" x 13" pine  
(2) Short Stand Cross, 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" x 5 3/4" pine  
(4) High Stand Leg, 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" x 32" pine  
(2) Long Stand Cross, 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" x 13" pine  
(4) Short Stand Cross, 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" x 5 3/4" pine  


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