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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. ...
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...
First Find the center. Since my squares are about 13" x 13" - I measured 6.5" from two adjacent edges. I used a trammel/compass from The Home Depot...
I marked the position of one leg by measuring about 3.5" from two adjacent edges. I used that mark to set up the fence with a stop block on my drill ...
Since this particular material is very soft, I didn't worry about cutting too close to the line. With a harder material, I'd try to get as close as p...
If more than one stand is desired, use the first as a template for the others. Trace the template and cut again.
Using double stick tape, stick the rough piece to the template. A pattern or flush trim bit makes quick work of the clean-up.
I used a bench hook to cut the legs to length. I slide the dowel to the edge of the bench hook and place the saw against the fence.
I chose to chamfer the bottom edge, and ease the top edge with a small round-over (1/8"). The chamfer on the bottom makes the piece look thinner and ...
Pretty simple. No need to be careful, you can't see the bottom and gravity forces the legs to stay in place.
I used boiled linseed oil and paste wax for the finish. Flood the surface with oil and allow to sit for about ten minutes before thoroughly wiping of...
Wax finishes wear over time and should be reapplied as needed. I have a number of waxed pieces that have held up with no maintenance for a few years....
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