I used some former chair legs as the base of my stand.
I cut it on my compound miter saw. It is best to clamp it if you can, I have had a spindle get chewed up, “jump” away from me and land across the other side of the garage.
I also cut some scrap 2×6’s into squares with the compound miter saw. You can see that I used my router to give it some detail.
I grabbed some finials off of a chair, but you’ll notice in the after pictures that I didn’t use them. They are cute, but I felt they were too small for these chunky pieces.
To attach the pieces together with Gorilla Glue you need to dampen one of the pieces. I find it’s best to dampen the larger of the two pieces–
–and squirt the Gorilla Glue on the smaller piece. Remember that this glue expands, so less is more!
I did not clamp these pieces because there was really no way to do it. The large piece is pretty heavy and I felt that it was sort of “self-clamping”. However, it did end up falling OFF of the little spindle about three times. One of those times, it fell against my leg and on my foot. The other two times it landed on my kitchen floor. It did not bother the paint job, but it DID dent the floor.
I will tell you a little secret. I did not use chalkboard paint on this project. I used one of these Wallies Peel and Stick Chalkboard Decal It was the perfect size. I didn’t even have to cut it. I have to tell you that I LOVE the way the chalk and marker write on this and wipe off. The decal has a smooth surface, it doesn’t feel like a typical chalkboard. I am so pleased with this decal. It says it’s removable, but I don’t see myself removing it!
These three stands cost me nothing! I love putting these things together! Here’s my question for you. Which kind do you like better? The thinner ones made from 1x’s or these chunky ones made with 2x’s or the one I made with bead board? I’ll refresh your memory:
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