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I used old cedar fence slats to make stands for some new plants.  This is a good material because it's highly resistant to moisture, and it was free.  

I've assumed the ability to glue boards together and skipped that step.  If you don't know how to glue boards together, try this video.

Necessary Tools:
  • Pencil Compass
  • Jigsaw/Coping Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Clamps
  • Hand Saw
  • Hand Drill
  • Drill bit to match dowel stock
Nice to Haves:
  • Table Saw
  • Band Saw
  • Stationary Belt Sander
  • Router
  • Flush Trim/Pattern Bit
  • Chamfer Bit
  • 1/8" Roundover Bit
  • Hand Plane
Materials/Supplies
  • Wood
  • Wood Glue
  • Dowel Stock (We used 5/8")
  • Boiled Linseed Oil
  • Paste Wax
  • Rags


Step 1: Start with Squares

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Starting with a square makes marking easier.  I glued up a large rectangle and cut my squares from it, but you could also glue up two, or however many squares individually.  I used a table saw sled to cut my squares, but anything that cuts wood will work.  

Cleaning up uneven edges from the glue-up is a good idea before marking.  Old (or new) hand planes are great for this.