Ready to beef up those DIY muscles? What do three pieces of wood equal? A magnificent candle stand, plant stand, do.whatever.you.want.with.it stand.Yep.
Here are the supplies:
8 foot 4x4 of Douglas fir.
however long 2x6 (I think it really measures to 2x5 1/2) of whatever wood
And if you choose to go with my direction:
Compound Miter Saw
Alrighty. Now lets get started. I cut the douglas fir into three different lengths with the miter saw. Choose whatever lengths you want. Then cut the 2x6 into 6 squares. These will really have sides of 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 once you're done.
Use the router to decorate the edges of the squares to your liking.
Next. Use a large drill bit to make a hole a quarter of the way down on one of the squares side...this part will be the top and bottom of the stick...so make sure you think that through considering your routed edges.
Now apply the wood glue to the 4x4 and press one of the squares in place and center it. Let it dry.
Do this to the other side.
Now your drilled 'hole' should be visible if you did this right.
Now drill a screw through the hole on both sides. I had to use 2 inch screws for this.
Now fill the hole up with some wood filler
Let dry for a few hours and sand.
These are what you should have come up with:
See. You can't even see the holes anymore if you look reeeeeal close.
Now Paint Those Babies!
(excuse the dog...he wants to be involved in everything)
Okay. Sand the edges to distress them a little bit.I did this pretty much on every single edge.
Then stain the now distressed edges.You can use a furniture fix-it marker for this or real stain.
I did both and can't even tell which one is which.
And there you have it!
I added a stencil on the top to have a little pizazz.
I routed the edges on the bottom of the top square and the top of the bottom square. You can barely see it in the pics...but trust me...they.look.gorg!!
See. You can put whatever you want (and that will fit) on it.
Candles, vases, plants, dog, cats, kids, a cup of milk, some soda....whatever....your dinner.
Hmmm. I guess the possibilities are endless.
Okay. Now for those of you who don't have a router.
You can do it this way to add a decorative edge.I just used plywood for these squares.
I cut one at 5x5 and one at 4 1/2 x4 1/2. Wood glued them together. Then used the same technique as above to finish the project.
Looks good eh?
(side note...do these pics look really yellow to you? I have two computer screens and one says yes..and the other says no.)
Anyway. These ones are super tall. like 4 feet I think about. I stenciled all the way up and down.
I think they look like they belong in a cathedral.
I'm not sure why.
Here's the same technique...only smaller...in white.With burlap.And ribbon.