How to Build a Mid-Century Inspired Plant Stand (That Looks Like it Belongs in a Dwell Magazine)

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If you’re looking for a stylish yet minimalist plant stand, this do-it-yourself Mid-Century inspired planter is a simple solution for your indoor plant storage needs. This project is fairly easy, as far as furniture building is concerned, and doesn’t require any previous woodworking knowledge.

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Things You'll Need

  • Large ceramic pot
  • 1-inch wood dowels
  • 1 1/2-inch-by-3/4-inch pine board
  • 1/4-inch dowel pins
  • Saw
  • Drill or drill press with 1-inch Forstner bit
  • Chisel
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Wood stain
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All measurements will depend on the size of pot you choose to use. I bought mine from Lowe’s — 10.6 inches high by 11 inches wide by 11 inches deep.

(Image: Cameron Oden)

Cut the 1-inch dowels into 17-inch lengths. These will become the legs of the stand. Mark the bottom of each leg for reference in the following steps.

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Clamp the 1 1/2-inch-by-3/4-inch pine board in place and use a 1-inch Forstner to cut two 10 3/4-inch cross braces. This is much easier on a drill press, but it is not necessary.

(Image: Cameron Oden)
(Image: Cameron Oden)

Find the center of each cross brace and use a hand saw and chisel to remove a 3/4-by-3/4-inch slot in each piece so they can interlock.

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With a 1/4-inch drill bit, drill a hole 7 3/4 inches up from the bottom of each leg, being careful not to drill all the way through.

(Image: Cameron Oden)
(Image: Cameron Oden)

Using the same 1/4-inch drill bit, drill a hole in the end of each cross brace. Insert a 1/4-inch dowel pin, and test-fit the pieces together.

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Use sandpaper to remove any rough edges.

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Apply wood glue in all joints and firmly clamp in place. I used scrap pieces to help the clamps get a grip on the legs. Wipe away any excess glue and let dry overnight.

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When the glue is thoroughly dry, slip the two halves together and apply your choice of paint or stain. I used Minwax Early American 230.

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Insert the pot into the stand and fill with your favorite plant.

(Image: Cameron Oden)
(Image: Cameron Oden)

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