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What You'll Need

– 1 1/4 inches in thickness dowel ( cut to size for the legs) – 3″ by 3″  Metal T Plate ( preferably heavy duty) – Flat head screw driver – Hammer – Longer and shorter screws – sandpaper – marker – 1×3 or yard stick ( to help draw line on dowel) – wood slice

Step 1

Here’s a good deal I found on amazon. 4 slices for $35. That makes each slice about $8.75. Not bad at all! ( note: amazon pricing may change over time)

Step 2


Step 3

HOW TO CUT YOUR DOWELS TO SIZE! There’s a few options here. You can make the legs on your plant stand angle out or stand straight. The photo below shows an example of both plant stands. Straight legs on the left and legs that angle out on the right. I personally LOVE the angled legs!

Step 4

To cut your dowel down to size for straight legs you simply need to mark and cut however, for the angled legs there’s a bit more work.  If you don’t want to deal with cutting the dowel at all I’ve found some ready made legs on amazon.

Step 5

HOW TO CUT YOUR DOWEL FOR ANGLED LEGS! Since I used a round dowel it’s hard to keep track of an angled cut. Especially if it’s cut at a slight angle that’s barely visible like 10 degrees.  To keep all confusion at bay you’ll need to draw a solid line along the whole dowel. To do so I lay my dowel against a piece of wood ( 1″x3″) and used a marker to draw a solid line going down my dowel. Try and get the line as straight as possible.

Step 6

Here’s what the line should look like. You’ll need to keep the blue line facing the top where your saw comes into contact with it! It should be facing up at all times for every cut you make! This helps keep confusion at bay.

Step 7

here’s a photo showing where your line should be positioned for each cut.

Step 8

Than I sat my miter saw to 10 degrees and cut the dowel to size. I made a total of three legs for each plant stand and no higher than 10″ inches in length.

Step 9

Once you have your dowel cut down to size you should see a slight angle when holding the legs a certain way. ( like shown in the photo below) Find the highest point of the angle and mark it with a marker.

Step 10

Than pre-drill a hole in the dowel. Try and drill as straight as possible ( not at an angle). Following that attach the T plate onto the dowel.

Step 11

When attaching your T plate to the dowel make sure the countersink side is facing up. This will help you attach your screw flush with the surface so it’s not in the way when you have to attach your T plate to the wood slice.

Step 12

Before moving on to the next step make sure your dowel is secured on tightly and your screw is as flush with the surface as possible.

Step 13

PLANT STAND FAIL  ( WHAT NOT TO DO ) If you’re thinking of trying an L plate like shown in the photo below than I’m here to tell you it’s not going to work. I tried this and sadly the legs were so wobbly they couldn’t hold a plant. Save yourself the trouble and go for a heavy duty T plate.  You can also drill right through the wood slice into your wooden legs however I avoided this since I didn’t want to ruin the pretty wood grain look on the wood slice.

Step 14

Okay almost done! Once you’ve attached T plates to all the legs lay them onto your wood slice. Make sure the little marks you made earlier are facing in towards each other. ( in my case orange marks marking the highest point of the angle on the legs)  This step will ensure that the legs on your plant stand are angling out.

Step 15

I used a marker to mark where I wanted the legs before attaching them. I also used some plain paper and cut out a little triangle to help attach the legs more evenly however I found this method doesn’t work since each wood slice has a different shape. The best way to determine where the legs should be is to simply attach closer to the edge of your wood slice in an approximate triangle shape.

Step 16

Than I pre-drilled the holes before attaching the t plates with screws. Make sure your screws are small enough not to go through the wood slice completely!

That’s it! Aren’t these so easy to make?

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