It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! The sleek design is perfect to display your potted house plants or garden beauties… and so easy and inexpensive that you could build several in a single afternoon. Play around with paint colors and plant stand heights on this build – you’ve got the time!
As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig Saw, Circular, Table, or Miter Saw
- Multi-Square and Carpenter’s Square
- Kreg Jig – if you build frequently, invest in this one.
- Nail Gun – optional
- Router with Patterning bit – or bit set – optional
- 1 – 1×2 at 8’ (you will only need approximately 2’ total)
- 1 – 1” Wooden Dowel at 8’
- 1 – 1/4” Wooden Dowel at 1’ (you will only need 6” total)
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1/4″ Drill Bit with optional Drill Stop
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak – optional
- Safety Gear
- 3/4″ Edge Banding – optional
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
- 2 – 1×2 at 6-1/2” – Short Centers
- 1 – 1×2 at 7-1/4” – Long Center
- 3 – 1” diameter Wooden Dowel at 30” – Legs
- 6 – 1/4” diameter Wooden Dowel at 1” – Pins
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Cut the pieces for the Short Centers and the Long Center. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes on the long sides of the Short Centers – these angled ends will attach to the Long Center. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Hole Screws.
On the outer ends of the Short Centers and Long Center, drill two 1/4” diameter holes 1/2” deep as shown. Use a drill stop for a more precise drill depth. After drilling each hole, drop a dab of Wood Glue into each hole and insert a 1” long 1/4” diameter Pin into each hole.
Cut the pieces for the Legs. Drill two 1/4” diameter holes 1/2” deep as shown. Use a drill stop for a more precise drill depth.
After drilling the holes into the Legs, drop a dab of Wood Glue into each hole. Attach the Short Centers and Long Center to the Legs as shown by inserting the Pins, already glued into the Centers, into the holes in the Legs. Wood putty or caulk can be applied to the small gap on each side of the 1x2s that attach to the Leg if a smoother looking joint is desired.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School