Things You Will Need
Tape measure, Table saw, Dado blade, Miter saw, Pencil for marking cuts, Wood (18' of 2" x 2" pressure treated or other rot resistant, 72' of 1" x 2" pressure treated or other rot resistant, 1' of 2" x 4" pressure treated or other rot resistant), Waterproof glue such as Gorilla Glue, Deck Screws, Power screw driver, drill and bits for pre-drilling screw holes
Purchase your wood at a local lumber yard or home center. Purchasing the wood in 8' lengths will yield the best results as far as waste is concerned.
Cut the wood using the following cut list:
Legs (4) 2" x 2" x 36"
Side braces (6) 2" x 2" x 12"
Slat supports (6) 1" x 2" x 36"
Shelf slats (54) 1" x 2" 12"
On the 2" x 2" x 12" side braces cut a rabbit on each end equal to the width of a leg (1 3/4") and 5/8" deep. Make this cut as you would if you were going to make a half-lap joint.
Using deck screws, attach 3 side braces to 2 legs. Measuring from the bottom of the legs, attach one support at 8", attach another brace at 24" from the bottom and attach the third support across the top of the two legs. (I used weatherproof glue along with the deck screws on the top brace for additional support since people tend to pick up the stand with the two top braces.) Repeat this process with the other two legs and side braces. As an option, I rounded over the tip braces at each end.
Attach the slat supports to each set of legs. The top of the first slat support should be 2" from the top, the top of the second slat support should be placed 16" from the top of the leg and the top of the bottom set of slat supports should be attached 33 3/4" from the top.
Now it is time to install the individual slats to the supports. There are 18 per shelve evenly spaced from side to side. I found it easier to make a jig to allow me to pre-drill the screw holes in all the slats prior to installation. Since the slats are centered from front to back on each shelve, the holes will be the same distance from the ends on each one. After drilling the holes, attach the slats with deck screws.
For additional support, I placed pieces of 2 x 4 cut at a 45 degree angle at each side on the back under the top shelve. I planed the 2 x 4 to match the thickness of the leg and attached them with both glue and deck screws. These supports will help prevent the stand from "racking" in the future if the screws become loose as the wood expands and contracts.
The stand can now be painted, stained or left with a natural finish.
Add your plants and enjoy the beauty.
Having an attractive stand for plants can bring color and enjoyment into any area and enhance the positive feelings that come from growing plants and flowers.
Tips & Warnings
Cutting and pre-drilling all the slats (54 of them) can save you time and effort.
Whenever working with tools and or chemicals, safety glasses are recommended. Masks are also recommended to be worn when working with some types of wood and wood finishes or paints to protect your lungs.
Working with power tools can be dangerous. Always use caution and pay attention at all times.