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Thread: Indoor Planter/Plant Stand

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Decatur, Alabama

    Indoor Planter/Plant Stand

    My wife wanted a plant box to put her potted plants in by the window in the kitchen. I thought this would be a great project to experiment on, so I challenged myself with a lot of new finish products and construction. This is the first time I made any curved legs, figured maple, or used just about any of the finishing supplies.

    For the design I decided on curved legs with floating tenons.

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    I got a great deal on some figured maple from the cabinet supply shop that really didn't want it, so I decided to make the whole project out of it.

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    The figured maple wasn't to bad on the flatter pieces, but the legs were a challenge. I dont' think I'd use the figured wood on curved legs again due to the tear out problems with the router. The floating tennons were great, but I can see a jig for cutting the end grain mortises in my future.

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    For color I used a water solution with transtint dyes. I was applying it with a rag and got a lot of blotching at first. I think it was just drying to fast to get a nice consistant coat. It ended up a little darker than I wanted by the time I got everything evened out, but I did figure out how to wash some of the dye back down with a wet rag and even the coloring out. Overall I really liked the dyes a lot better than the minwax stains I've used in the past. The color is a lot deeper I think without hiding the grain.

    I sprayed a coat of shellac over the dye (first time to use a spray gun or shellac). I was amazed how easy it was to use and get good results. I tinted the shellac for the last coat and made a little toner to even the color out a lilttle more. The only hard thing was fighting the urge to try and make a big correction in one coat.

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    Currently, I'm finishing the clearcoat, Target Coatings EM6000 satin water based finish. I had a little trouble at first getting it on to thick, but that was probably just inexperience with the product and spray gun. It wasn't to hard to wipe off the first coat and start over. After I got the gun set about right I haven't had much trouble.

    If anyone is considering trying dyes, spray guns, or target waterbase finishes, I'd say go for it. While my work is not on the level of a lot of guys on this site, I was really suprised at how good of a finished product I had on the first use of these finishes. My first attempt with spraying looks better than the wipe on finishes I have used in the past. It's a lot less work too.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    What a beauty Jeb! I'm not letting LOML get a look at this thread . I really like the finish and dye is always a pleasure on maple versus stains IMHO. I can see this becoming an instant heirloom in your family. Well done.

    I have the original version of the Mortise Pal. Although the price seemed extravagant at the time, it has paid for itself 10 times over. The new version is about the same price and has several improvements added. The largest benefit that I didn't even think about when deciding between a dedicated mortiser and a jig was the ease of storage and small amount of space required when not in use.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Fantastic project, Jeb! You did great on all aspects of it. Like Glenn said, I'm afraid to let LOML see this thread!
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  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    well done jeb and i told you spraying was the way to go and your dye job is very good for the first round exspecailly
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That came out looking great, Jeb. Great figure in the wood, and I really like the curved leg approach.
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  6. #6
    Great job.
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  7. #7
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    Mar 2008
    bethel springs TN, but was born and raised in north east PA
    I'm like the others as the wife is NOT seeing this.Great job using some great wood.

  8. #8
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    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Nicely done!
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  9. #9
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    Mar 2010
    Decatur, Alabama
    Thanks guys. It was quite a learning process on the finishing. Thanks to everyone who posts their work here too. Seeing all the great projects people post and reading the little tips here and there helps me keep challenging myself to get better. I got it inside now, here's a couple more pictures to hide from you wife

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    My next project will be a walnut entertainment center

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Very nice Jeb. Great execution and I really like the simplicity of your design. What cut of shellac did you spray? Did you thin the clear coat? And lastly, what did you spray it with?
    “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” - John Ruskin
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