I’m taking part in this month’s Power Tool Challenge. Is a chain saw a power tool? You bet! Check out this wood slice rolling plant stand I made using a piece of one of my trees.
Wood Slice Rolling Plant Stand
Last fall when we were ready to put up the new DIY picket fence, there were a couple of trees that needed to be dealt with.
I’ve always wanted to do some real wood slice projects, so I bought a chain saw. I’ve used smaller battery operated chain saws before, but this power chain saw made me nervous, so I asked Rodney to cut me a couple of slices.
I let them dry over the last few months, and they were ready to sand a little.
I used some small caster wheels and some Simpson Strong Tie 1 ¼” screws to attach the wheels to the wood slice.
After I attached the four small casters, I gave the wood slice a coat of Minwax semi-gloss polyurethane to the top side of the large wood slice.
Here’s a nice close-up of the wood slice rolling plant stand. I love the way it looks with the freshly repotted hibiscus tree.
This plant is already huge and the growing season is just beginning! This is one of those hibiscus trees that are generally purchased in the Spring for Mother’s day, kept for a season, then discarded. But as with anything I come across, I can’t stand to see things thrown away. This plant belonged to the mom of a good friend, and when the time came to toss it I asked if I could have it—that was about 6 years ago. Every winter I cut it back, bring it indoors and allow it to exist in a spare room. Having it on a rolling plant stand will make things much easier going forward. Because I’m so sentimental, it makes me smile that it came from my own yard.
If you don’t have a chain saw, or a dead tree—you can buy wood slice pieces on Amazon.
Now it’s time to share some other projects with you from my friends!
Chevron Wood Easter Egg by The Kim Six Fix
Fruit and Vegetable Bin by by Designs By Studio C
Wooden Swing Shelf by Domestically Speaking
Wooden Easter Eggs by Create And Babble
Repurposed Easter Cross by Prodigal Pieces
Planter Box Centerpiece by Refresh Restyle
Upcycled Drawer Front Planter by Confessions of A Serial DIY'er
Rustic 3 Panel Wall Decor by Designed Decor
Key West DIY Wood Planter Box by H2OBungalow
Baseball Bookends by Virginia Sweet Pea
Chair Back Bird Feeder by Interior Frugalista
Wood Slice Rolling Plant Stand by My Repurposed Life
I hope you find something to inspire you to pick up some power tools really soon! We all love what we do and enjoy sharing our tutorials with you.
Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
Now to find the log to make these with! I drive down the street and eye all the cut down trees!
I noticed my neighbor had some trees cut down, and I was looking over his shoulder as we were chatting yesterday....
I was just telling Ric how live edge is making a strong comeback in decorating.
...and today, I was at Harbor Freight, and held some of those casters in my hand wondering what I could do with them!
You're so clever!
I love the look and it looks pretty and practical on the porch too.
What a fun and simple wood slice project! Love it!
Thanks for stopping by Kim to check out my power tool challenge project.
Amy \ Canary Street Crafts
This is such a neat idea, Gail! Pretty and functional.
Thanks Amy! I love it when an easy project comes together with items I have on hand. 🙂
Debbie @ Refresh Restyle
I love wood slice projects! I'm so glad you kept the plant!
Gail--no WAY you are "afraid" of the chain saw--you are fearless!
And the first time you use one~you'll be hooked too!
Luv your plant "stand!"
I LUV using wood like this~ I've made trays, coasters, clocks....and I've got another idea in mind!
hahaha maybe someday I'll whip it out, there are lots of projects I still want to do. I used a couple of pieces of that old tree yesterday to make another project... I'll share them on the blog soon.
You're so creative Catherine--I can't wait to see what you're up to with your idea.
Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
What a clever use of that wood, Gail! I just love this idea!
Thanks Christy! I had a couple of pieces set aside because they were cool (and rotted). I was able to find the perfect purpose for them. Stay tuned!
Excellent. I happen to have some casters from the bottoms of the plastic plant stands that buckled because, duh they were plastic. Tree trunk won't buckle!
Awesome! Happy you saved the casters Bliss!
Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
Totally functional and simple so that anyone can do it. Bravo!
thank you Larissa! Sometimes fun and easy is a nice change.
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
Love it Gail! I need to find a tree log... so many projects you could do.
Thank you Maryann.... I just did a couple of more projects today with more pieces--stay tuned.
Wendi @ H2OBungalow
I want one of these! How perfectly trendy and useful! Super idea to add the wheels too!
Thank you Wendi, and thanks for putting all this challenge stuff together! I appreciate all your hard work.
What a great way to use a piece of a fallen down tree. I like the look of your plant stand way more than the metal ones that I use. I'm adding this to my growing list of things that I'd like to make.
Awesome! I hope you make one. My to-do list is soooo long!
Marie, The Interior Frugalista
That's a really good idea - way more character than the metal ones you buy. I'm making entry signs for both venues at my daughter's rustic wedding this summer and you just gave me an idea on how to make them more portable, and adorable, with wood slice bases on casters. Thanks for the idea, Gail!
Fantastic Marie! That's a great idea.
Cher @ Designs by Studio C
WOW, Gail! That is a really neat idea! I love that!
Thank you Cher, quick and easy is fun! Plus it gave me a reason to finally buy a new pot for that old plant. 🙂
Cute and clever.
Thanks for a great idea, I'm going to try this, I also have plants that come indoors in cold months and this mobile stand will make it a lot easier to move them around.
This rolling plant stand really moves easily. It's going to be helpful to move that big monster!