PLANT STAND MATERIALS
• Five 1×1×36-inch square dowels
• Miter saw
• Wood glue
• Tape measure
• Latex gloves and rags
• Danish oil (we used Watco in dark walnut)
Step 1 Cut the legs, stretchers, and supports from the square dowels (see Cut List, below). Glue and clamp two legs with two long stretchers (A) to form a side. The top stretcher will be flush with the top of the legs and the bottom stretcher will be inset 3 inches from the bottom. Make sure the front and back of the pieces are flush and that your angles are square. Repeat to create a second side.
Step 2 Once dry, join the two sides by gluing and clamping them to each other with long stretchers between to make a box with all the stretchers in line. Make sure your angles are square and outside edges are flush. Step 3 Create the cross shape that supports your planter pot by centering two short stretchers on a long stretcher and attach with glue and clamps. Attach the cross to the box 3 inches up from the bottom (in line with the long stretchers) using glue and clamps (B).
Step 4 To create the roofline, glue each short angle support to the side of one long angle support to form an L shape. Allow to dry. To find the angle for cutting the ends to attach to the top of the box, line up the center of the L (at its point) with the center point of a top long stretcher (C). Mark where the L meets the corner of the box. This will be your final angle cut to the L—it should be close to a 45-degree cut. Repeat for the second L placed on the opposite side of the box top. Cut, glue, and clamp to the box top.
Step 5 Glue and nail the final long stretcher in place as the peak piece (D). Sand joints and edges smooth. Wearing latex gloves, wipe on two coats of Danish oil. Allow to dry for a few minutes then wipe off where the oil may have pooled. Repeat for a second coat.