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If you own a home, then you understand how important it is that everything has a place. Clutter can build up easily, so you need to have a place for everything you own from books to your TV and especially any knick-knacks you might have. That's usually where you run into trouble though since you more than likely have some knick-knacks or specific items that don't fit on traditional shelves or other holders. Don't worry, there is a solution to this problem, a wood stand.

Now, before you run out to IKEA to find a wood stand, you should know you don't have to deal with customer service or instructions in three languages. You can actually build a wood stand yourself.  Don't worry if you don't know how, or aren't good with tools. This guide will show exactly what a wood stand is, how it can benefit you, and give a beginner's look into how to make one.

What Is A Wood Stand?

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So, what is this wonderful thing you're going to build? Well, a wood stand is just what it sounds like - a stand made out of wood. Its main advantage is that it can be formatted to several different things. Whether you need to store tools, plants, or anything else, you can build a wood stand to fit any need you may have.

While a wood stand provides functionality, that doesn't mean it can't be stylish too. Obviously, a wood stand will vary from need to need, but there are still plenty of things you can do to make it look great while it stores your stuff. You can stain the wood to match your decor or use a creative design (check out Pinterest for ideas). Regardless of what you can build, a wood stand can provide a wonderful touch that's both stylish and functional. 

Is There A Benefit To Utilizing A Wood Stand?

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We've spoken about how a wood stand can both store items and add to a home's decor. However, that can be far more than what you think. Sure, it sounds like a great, nice looking storage tool. However, stop and think for a moment about the things you are looking to store.

How easy are these things to store? Do they fit on shelves, or are they awkward to place? What do you really need to house them properly? And, how is it going to affect the look of your house?

The truth is, you've most likely got some things that are either difficult to store, or don't fit well with traditional storage devices. Before, that would mean you'd have to go to furniture stores and pray you could find something that could fit your needs. With a wood stand, you can skip all of that. Instead of searching for something that fits your object, you are designing one that is made to fit around your needs.

Now, that may sound a bit daunting. You may not have a lot of building experience, and the idea of working around a difficult to place object may make it seem more daunting. Don't worry; that's what we're here for. While there are a lot of different woods stands you can make, we're going to go over basic steps and give insight into basic wood stand construction.

A Beginner's Guide To Wood Stands

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When you begin your wood stand, no matter what type you make, you should understand how to select the right wood. Remember, this is the basis for your entire project, so you need to understand how to choose what you need. Common pine or whitewood is good for these types of projects because it is inexpensive and a soft, easy to cut wood. Plywood is also a good choice, but keep in mind the kind of weight you'll be putting on your finished product. One thing to be aware of is that the name of the wood size doesn't actually equal the size you may need. This can work to your advantage, however. Having extra wood means you can make mistakes, but it will still be more wood than you will need. So, you should be prepared to use cutting tools as well.  


In some cases, the store where you buy the wood will also cut it for you. However, if that's not an option, you'll need to look into some tools for yourself. A couple of important tools for first timers are a handsaw and clamps. Later on, you can look into an electric saw, but if this is your first time, stick with the handsaw! After the wood is cut, you'll need a way to place them back together to form your wood stand. Again, there are a number of different options for this.

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We've selected a few popular ones below. Remember, make sure that you select a tool that works for your needs.

  • Drill- A basic tool for all home improvements jobs. You can use this to screw your wood stand together.
  • Brad Nailer- similar to a nail gun. These are preferable to screws as they don't leave as much to hide.
  • Sander- another vital tool for home improvement. You won't be able to finish (smooth over) your wood stand without it.
  • Tape Measure- essential for measurement. This should be one of the first tools you buy.
  • Clamps- you need these to hold the wood in place as you cut. Don't start without one.
  • Safety glasses and hearing protection-you may not need hearing protection if you use a handsaw. However, the goggles are vital for any home improvement project.

Now that we've described exactly what you need to start making a wood stand, we'll get into a sample project. While this may not be the kind of stand you need, it should give you an idea of what you're in for. Remember, there are plenty of examples, on sites like Pinterest, that may be closer to what you need. Regardless, this will help you be more prepared to build.

Building a Wood Plant Stand

Cut Platform Pieces

Once you have the height, you'll need to determine the width. Measure the widest part of the planter to get this measurement and then cut two dowels to this size. Cut out the center of one, and use the intact dowel, to place them together in an X. Mark where your cuts should be with the pencil and then make the cuts.

Drill Holes for Pins

Clamp a scrap dowel to the platform piece you are drilling, then mark the center of the length pieces and drill a 1/4 inch hole. Measure half a dowel pin, then tape off the drill bit so you know how deep to drill. Now, drill a hole into both ends so they meet up with the longer pieces to form an X. Finally, drill a hole into the center of the four points of the X, so they will connect to the legs later.

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Assemble The Stand

To start finishing up, put some wood glue on two dowel pins and insert them into either side of the center hole. Attach the two pieces to form your X platform, which should have pins sticking out of the four ends. You'll need to determine the height where your platform will connect (this will vary depending on your project), then mark a dot on the legs where they will connect. Drill a 3/4 inch deep hole into the legs at that height, then use wood glue and dowel pins to connect the legs to your X platform.

Drying And Staining

This last step is somewhat up to you, but it can help make your stand look great. Let the wood glue dry for a few hours before sanding. You can choose to stain the wood here as well. Once you've completed these steps, you can put the planter inside the stand. Remember to place it somewhere where it will get light.


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You will have to decide exactly what kind of wood stand is right for you and your needs. However, they are an excellent way to deal with excess stuff in a decorative way. You'll also be able to expand your home improvement skills. So, if you think you can use a wood stand, check out Pinterst and see which one works for you!


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