EASY DIY PLANT STAND

When I was decorating the office space for the therapists a few weeks ago, I spent ages looking for a plant stool to add some height to one of the plants in the corner of the room. We ended up finding a little wooden stool at IKEA, but it was far from a feature in the room and I thought it was such a shame that there wasn’t more choice out there. So, as I do, I decide it would be really nice to make one myself for my own place and I love love love how it turned out.

Also, a few months ago, Bosch kindly sent me their latest Nano blade – it’s like a little nail file sized chain saw – and I was so excited to put it to use. This felt like just the right project. And yes, I know what you’re thinking, I do get the weirdest combination of press packages: latest perfume launches, a new cleanser, a new moisturises, and a chain saw. It’s so ridiculously random but I love it!

This is the plant stool I made:

It’s a two tone plant stool made from two planks of wood with a semi-circle cut out that just slot together. No screws, no nails – they just slot together perfectly.

Here’s how I made it:

What you need?

  • 1 plank of wood (this was 1m in length, 2.8cm thick. Please note if you have a different thickness of wood, you will need to change the measurements)
  • a ruler and a pencil
  • Bosch EasyCut 50 nanoblade
  • a small tray or plate (the same radius you want your semi circle cut-out to be)
  • a G clamp (sometimes called a C clamp)
  • a wooden rasp (essentially a large wooden nail file)
  • sandpaper (I had a packet of assorted grit sandpaper and used a coarse gri and a fine grit)
  • masking tape
  • two different colours of wood wax (I used Liberon wax like this one in chêne moyen and chêne clair or medium oak and natural oak)
  • an old cotton rag or tea towl to put the wax on

 

Just a little warning before we get started: if you’ve never used a saw like this one, I would suggest asking someone to show you how to use it initially or watching numerous Youtube video to get an idea of how it’s going to work. Test it out on a scrap piece of wood before starting on the wood you want to use. Be sure to clamp the wood down well so it doesn’t move around and be VERY careful with your fingers.

OK, now I’ve said all that, let’s jump in:

Start by marking out the markings on the wood. You can see the measurements I used below. You’ll need two pieces of wood with the markings. Watch out as they are almost identical except one will have the 2.8 cm x 4.5 cm rectangular cut out coming from the top of the wood and the other 2.8 cm x 4.5 cm cut out will come from the top of the semi circle.

The rectangular cut out is 2.8 cm wide because the wood I was using was 2.8 cm thick. Make sure to make the width of the rectangle the same as the width of your wood.

You can use a plate or a small tray with the same radius as you want your semi circle to be to draw on the semi circle. I used a 20cm diameter plate. Make sure the space on each side of the semi circle is even. I have 5cm on each side.

This is one of them:

When your marking are done, double check just to be sure.

You are then ready to start cutting. A saw like the Bosch Nano Blade is perfect as it acts as both a jigsaw and a saw in one. I found that it was quite easy to do the curves of the circles but I did practice quite a bit beforehand.

Start by cutting out your two 30cm pieces of marked wood so you can work on one at a time.

You need to cut out two pieces from each of the 30cm pieces: a semi circle and the rectangular slot.

One you have cut the semi circle and rectangle from both 30cm blocks of wood, sand down the edges and use a rasp in the rectangular cut out to smooth down the wood. I would also recommend using the rasp on the side of the wood to make it less porous when you stain it.

The two pieces should slot together perfectly.

If the legs on one of the planks don’t quite touch the floor, you can use the rasp to shave down a bit of the inside of the rectangular slot so they do.

This is what it should look like:

If you turn it upside down, they should also fit together nicely like so:

I thought it would be nice to give the wood a two tone effect (well, Marine and Clive helped me come up with this idea) so I bought two different colours of wood wax and used an old cotton tea towel to apply the wax following the instructions on the pot.

If you want to create this two-tone effect, start by using the natural wax on the feet of the plant stand. Once dry, use a ruler and pencil to mark out where the masking tape will go. Tape up the feet completely and wax the top half in a darker colour. It’s important to tape up the feet completely so you don’t get any darker finger prints on it.

I have fairly dark floors so wanted the lighter colour to go on the bottom but you could obviously do it the other way around too.

Leave to dry and brush with a wood brush to buff in any excess wax and soften the piece. Find the right plant to pop on top and add it to your little home! It’s as easy as that!

Look how cute it looks:

The nicest thing about plant stand like this is that they are so easy to hoover around. I really hate having to move things around when I hoover so it’s nice to just have everything up and off the floor.

Anyway, thank you ever so much for stopping by for a little read and a big thank you to Bosch for the Nano Blade. I love it and have sooo many other projects in mind to put it to good use!

See you back here soon with more DIY projects now the weather is warming up :) xS

This is not a sponsored post but Bosch Power Tools kindly sent me the Nano Blade to try it out. 

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