Welcome! Forums Project Series How to Make a Table Table / Plant Stand

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    Jim Braun

    Haven’t been able to post a project in a while; we recently moved, and my “creative workspace” has shrunk to a 10’x20’room over the garage. Once the weather cooled, I was ready to go, and make my first table. It is actually a plant stand, although it has seen service as a chair side table where it supports a martini quite nicely.

    The top is 12″x12″ and the height is 28″. The legs are 1.25″ square and taper down to 0.75″. I intended it as a prototype, so i used the good quality pine from the local Home Depot. The next one will hopefully be made from some sort of hardwood.

    The finish is Tried and True Varnish Oil, 5 coats, with lots of rubbing.

    I am quite chuffed with the result, and have to thank Paul and his team for making the video so easy to follow.

    Critic is welcome. I had a bit of trouble with the arches, my spokeshave skills need improvement.


    Monmouth County, New Jersey

    Matt McGrane


    That is a really good looking table. Very elegant. I like the look of tapered legs and I also like the chamfer on the underside of the tabletop.

    I still struggle at times with spokeshaving the curves. You really have to sharpen it well and pay attention to grain direction.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    Jim Braun

    Matt, Thank you for the comments; I am going to resharpen and practice my spoke shaving prior to making one out of hardwood.

    Chuffed = very pleased, British slang. (I watch too much Wheeler Dealers)

    Monmouth County, New Jersey