How to Build Modern Tabletop Planters
Hello Remodelaholics! It’s Elisha from Pneumatic Addict and I’m back sharing another set of building plans. This time for a pair of designer inspired tabletop planters.
I was looking for something to put on top of my three way nesting coffee tables. Once I found the Mid-Century Turned Leg Tabletop Planters on the West Elm website, I was in love. There was no way I was going to pay $49 each, so I decided to make my own. This is a pretty simple project and a great use of scrap wood!
How to Build Modern Tabletop Planters
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- (1) 1 x 6 x 72″
- (1) 7″ x 7″ glass cylinder vase
- (1) 1 x 4 x 72″
- (1) 4.33″ x 4.33″ glass cylinder vase
- 2″ wood screws
- wood glue
- bar clamps
- 1/8″ drill bit
- countersink bit
- power drill
- miter saw (optional)
- high gloss white spray paint
- wood stain
The first step was to wash and thoroughly dry the glass vases.
Then, I gave the outside of each vase 2 coats of high gloss white spray paint. I’ve found the spray paint with primer built in works really well on glass.
While the vases dry outside, I started on the wood bases. You can save and print the images below to use as cutting templates. Depending on your printer settings, you may have to enlarge the image so the dimensions on the image are to scale.
First, I cut the boards to size. Instead of cutting the smaller segments, I started with two identical lengths of board for each wood base. (The wood I used was scrap from old cabinet doors, that’s why it’s pre-finished.)
To cut the 1/2″ deep step on the top of the boards, I first marked the section to be removed. Then, on each end of the section, I made 3 parallel, vertical cuts 1/2″ deep, right next to each other. This created small notches to fit the jigsaw blade horizontally.
Next, I flipped the board and made a horizontal cut, connected the notches.
I clamped each board to my workbench, and slowly cut the arched sections.
I took one board from each set and marked the center vertically. Next, I measured 3/8″ on either side of the line and drew another line, creating a 3/4″ wide section. Then, I cut the board, removing the 3/4″ wide section. (I used a miter saw, but you could use a jigsaw as well. Make sure to clamp small pieces down safely!)
Once everything was cut to fit the template, I began to assemble. I centered the first side piece, perpendicular to the center board. Then, I pre-drilled two 1/8″ holes through the center board and into the ends of the side.
Next, I applied glue to the joint and joined the pieces together using 2″ wood screws.
I centered the second side piece perpendicular to the other side of the center board. Then, on the top edge, I drilled a steep angled, 1/8″ hole though the side piece and into the center board.
I applied glue to the joint and joined the pieces together, using 2″ screws.
I then sanded down everything with 220 grit sandpaper and applied stain and polyurethane. I filled each vase half full of river rocks to help with drainage and planted my houseplants using well draining potting soil.
Once the wood bases were dry, I set the filled vases in place and my knock-off planters were done!
These simple table top planters give my living room a much needed natural element.
Now let’s just hope I can keep them alive.
Ready to build your own? Pin the image below to save the idea for later.
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These are perfect!! LOVE!
Since someone is already using the jigsaw to make cuts on these pieces; might I suggest they cut a slot half the depth of the area above the arch and slide the two pieces together. The slot will have to be from the arch side on one and from the top side on the other. The cuts should be as close to the same size but it’s not critical; when glued together and the planter placed on top any “slop” will be unnoticeable.
Great idea though! Target has some brass, metal ones that I like with a mid-century vibe I might try and copycat.