Hi everyone! I hope your week is going well. I have a project today that has been about a year in the making. It took me that long to figure out how to put it together and then get my butt in gear and buy the ONE part I didn’t have on hand–a double-sided screw. It cost me 37¢, but took a year to buy. Sometimes things just go that way, don’t they? You make a list, put the item on the list, set it aside or lose it, go to the hardware store, and stand in the aisle racking your brain, trying to remember what it was you needed. Sigh. So here we are, one year later and I finally bought the part. Are you excited or exhausted, listening to my sob tale?
I’m pleased to introduce my country/farmhouse tiered stand, great for decorating or using in your kitchen or craft room for storage.
It all started with these three baking pans I picked up at a garage sale–three for a dollar. Their straight-sided shape and worn gray surface made them great candidates for a tiered stand.
Shortly after, I picked up this long baluster at the Habitat ReStore for $3.50, thinking it was the perfect size to use between the cake tins.
I searched through my stash of wooden handles and finials and came up with these two as possibilities.
I rejected this red wooden one as being too small (and ultimately rejected the plain wooden one as too long). In order to ensure your stand is “balanced,” you have to mix and match until you find the sizes you need. It’s kind of an aha moment when you see that all your pieces work together harmoniously.
I settled on the finial because of its lovely urn shape and because it matched the baluster in color. [Note: I cut the short dowel end of the finial to create a nice, flat surface.]
On the left you see my recently purchased double-headed screws–the one item I did not have on hand for this project. I did have the regular screw, the washer, and the round, wooden doll heads on hand.
Step 1: Pierce the center of your tins with a nail, making sure your screws will fit through the hole. In photo #3, you see the backside of the hole. I flattened it in photo #4 with a few taps of my hammer.
Step 2: Cut your baluster to the appropriate size. For me, that was 4.5″. [Note: I had different sized balusters I could have used, but this one was just the right proportion for my cake tins.] Step 3: To prepare the baluster and finial pieces to receive the screws, I hammered a nail in a fraction of an inch to give my drill bit something to hold onto.
Step 4: Drill a hole into both ends of the baluster and the bottom of the finial. Step 5: Screw a double-headed screw into one end of the baluster, using a wrench when it gets more difficult to make the turns.
Step 6: Insert the screw into the hole you made in the center of your small cake tin. Insert the finial/handle onto the screw and turn tightly until the pan is held tightly between the handle and the baluster. Step 7: Use the screw and washer to attach the larger cake tin to the bottom of the baluster.
Just in case that was confusing…here’s a diagram.
Step 8: Stain your round “feet” to match your baluster and finial. Sand the flat sides of the feet and the spot on the bottom of the tin where you plan to glue them. Step 9: Use some quality cement to attach the feet, following the directions on the package. [I used Duco Cement.]
And you’re done!
I enjoyed filling mine with greens and lemons.
I brought it up to my antique booth at the Gristmill Antique Center, priced at $28.00. I see at least one more stand in my future.
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