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Building a bonsai display stand - first attempt

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Nathan, not sure on the cost.  I had the "frame" boards already and the center piece is oak ply.  As for time, I spent a few hours cutting and assembling, and a few hours staining, so far.

Gary, big tree?  I had the "frame" boards already and was thinking of trying something different originally than what I ended up doing.  I was originally going to rout out a ledge for the center to rest on, effectively cutting the visible frame in half of what it ended up being.  This is/was a first try, so I may try again, as I'm assuming, like you, I think it may be too large/wide.

Wayne, because it was hot.  I was soaked in sweat by the time I was done staining.  I'm sure there are other reasons/factors with heat/humidity while staining, but my comfort was my main concern.  ;)

That's really nice work, especially for a first time project.  Very impressive :D

Hi John, not necessarily too wide, depends on the tree. With the pot inside the frame, a large silhouette tree would fit nicely. I was just curious about the thought process.

Nice work. I'd have liked to see a little bit of an overhang on the top and maybe a thicker top as well. Nice detail with the mitered frame on top. I'd also go with at least 2 if not 3 coats of poly. Make sure to sand between coats with some 220 grit.

I think you're 100% right on the thickness of the top.  Well, thickness of the frame, in 2d anyway.  It's less noticeable in person, and I'm hoping even less once it's finished with a tree sitting on top.  I think if the legs were less thick the proportions would be closer and more in balance.

Double checked the size yesterday with the planned tree.  It all seemed to be in line and looked pretty good, the wife and I thought.  It was, however, a little tall.  So, I took off an 1 1/2" from the legs.  The whole thing is just over 11" tall now.

Another coat of stain and the first coat of urethane has been applied.


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