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My wife and I recently visited the Dominican Republic, and returned with quite a few souvenirs - among them, a set of five colourful decorative plates. We needed a way to display them, so I created some simple and easy to make display stands with some wood I had sitting around. They turned out well, so I decided to share them with the world!
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

You can build this stand with materials you may have lying around, as I did, or you can go out and buy what you need. For my stands I used 1" (2.2cm) wide square mahogany (lying around, I promise!) and 5/16" poplar dowel. If done properly, you don't even need glue or fasteners!

I've mix and matched metric and inches here (Canadians tend to do that) so double-check each number.


25-32 cm long piece of 2.2cm (1") wide square stock
18-24cm long 5/16" diameter dowel


Drill press
5/16" drill bit
Miter saw (manual or powered)
Scroll saw or a coping saw or a 3/4" chisel
carpenter's square
a ruler
a hammer or mallet
a pencil

Step 2: Basic Dimensions

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Some of the dimensions will depend on the width of the wood. The dimensions I've given here are for a 2.2cm wide piece of square stock, so you might need to change some numbers so everything fits together properly. Measure the width of the wood you've got with the carpenter's square before cutting anything to length.

The dimensions will also change depending on the diameter of the plate on display; I've listed three different sets of measurements here for a small, medium and large plate.

Small Plate

Square stock: 11.2cm (x2)
Long dowel: 10cm
Short dowel: 4cm (x2)

Medium Plate

Square stock: 13.2cm (x2)
Long dowel: 13cm
Short dowel: 4cm (x2)

Large Plate

Square stock: 15.2cm (x2)
Long dowel: 15cm
Short dowel: 4.5cm (x2)
toni_v3 years ago
Good job.
omnibot6 years ago
I like! This could easily be adapted for other uses such as holding a flatscreen or painting. Good job.
jeff-o (author)  omnibot6 years ago
Sure could! You could also use it to hold open a book, like a recipe book while you're cooking.
ChrysN6 years ago
That looks great, your instructions are clear and you have really nice pictures!
jeff-o (author)  ChrysN6 years ago
Thanks. :)