How to Build a Mid-Century Modern Plant Stand
Display your indoor plants in style with these elegant plant stands.
A few hours
IntroductionA few plants really add warmth and make a house feel like a home. These sturdy, easy-to-build planters give your indoor plants a stylish perch, and their clean, understated design doesn’t distract from the plants. You can easily alter the part dimensions to suit different size pots. To add visual interest, make several stands of different heights. To fit the stand’s dimensions to your pot, measure the diameter of the pot for the length of the cross members (B). You can also change the height of the cross members if you like.
- 3/8” Hole cutter
- Drill press
- Hand saw
- Miter saw
- Table saw
- 1-1/2” screws
- 1” x 2-1/2” board
Project step-by-step (4)
Notch the cross members
Mark a 1-in.-wide x 1-1/4-in.-deep notch centered in each cross member (B). Mount a fence to two miter gauges. Set your table saw blade’s depth to 1-1/4 in. and cut the notches.
Create the “H” assemblies
Mark 9 in. and 11-1/2 in. from one end of the legs (A). Drill two 3/8-in.-diameter counterbores in each leg, evenly spaced between the marks. Glue the ends of the cross members (B) and clamp each one between two legs, making two “H” assemblies. Make sure one notch faces up and the other down. After the glue dries, drill clearance holes through the legs and then drill pilot holes into the cross members. Fasten the assembly with 1-1/2-in. screws. When clamping space is limited, it’s easier to keep parts aligned by clamping, letting the glue dry and then adding the screws.
Plug the screw holes
Cut plugs using a drill press and 3/8-in. plug cutter. Chisel out the plugs and glue them into the counterbores. After the glue dries, trim each plug with a handsaw. Apply tape around the plugs to avoid marring the surrounding wood. Sand the “H” assemblies.
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Assemble the stand
Spread glue in the notches, then slide them together to complete the assembly. Clamp the joint to keep it square while the glue dries.
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