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Timber plantstand

’Buy everything you need for this project from Bunnings, including the plant,’ says DIY specialist Natasha Dickins at Little Red Industries, who designed the stand to fit a standard 170mm x 150mm ceramic pot.

RYOBI TEAM Tue, 10/10/2023 - 10:13

Project information

Difficulty: Easy
Category: Outdoor furniture


Use a mitre box and tenon saw to cut pieces of pine

1. Cut the pieces

From the 30mm pine, cut four legs 180mm long, using a mitre box and with a tenon saw to trim the top of the legs to 45 degrees, checking they’re all the same length. From the 12mm x 12mm pine, cut two rails to 140mm.

Drill pilot holes on each pine leg

2. Drill pilot holes

On the outside of each leg (the long side), use a combination square to mark 110mm up from the base and 15mm from the sides to drill pilot holes with a 4mm bit.

NATASHA’S TIP: To avoid damaging the workbench use a timber offcut for drilling.

A Ryobi palm sander used to smooth pieces of pine

3. Smooth all over

Use a 180-grit sanding pad with the corner sander to smooth over the rails and legs, removing any breakout around the pilot holes and softening the mitred edges.

Marking up the joints on the plantstand legs

4. Mark up the joint

Use a combination square to mark halfway along the rails and 6mm either side to indicate the width of the joint. Mark 6mm down the sides to indicate the depth.

NATASHA'S TIP: The width of the joint is the same as the width of the pine – and the same as the Power File. The depth is half the pine so the rails are flush when assembled.

Make the joints using a Ryobi powerfile

5. Make the joint

Position the rails together on the edge of the workbench, ensuring they’re straight and even, securing with small G clamps. Set up the power file with the 60-grit sanding belt then hold the file over the marks to make the recess.

NATASHA’S TIP: Keep the power file straight while moving back and forward slightly. Before filing into the mark at the base, stop the tool, flip the rails around and complete the recess, checking the fit.

Use a Ryobi drill driver to drill the rails

6. Pilot the rails

Clamp the rails to drill pilot holes into the ends using the 4mm drill bit then sand all over. 

NATASHA’S TIP: Hold the drill straight, begin the hole and drill in about 10mm, keep the drill going while retracting it slightly to remove the breakout then complete drilling the hole.

Assemble the timber plant stand

7. Assemble the plant stand

Put the washers onto four 30mm screws and drill them through the outside of the legs to protrude about 2mm. Position the pilot holes of the rails over the screws and secure, making sure the recess of one rail faces up and the other faces down. Apply adhesive to the joint, position the rails together then clamp and leave to dry.

Seal the timber with a spray varnish

8. Seal and finish

Position the plant stand on a timber offcut to apply the varnish, turning the offcut while spraying to ensure an all-over finish. Leave to dry then repeat for a water-resistant finish.

Natasha putting a plant in her newly constructed plantstand

9. Set up the plant

Add the pot and your favourite plant!

A timber plantstand holding a black pot and small fiddle fig plant