I know what you are all thinking. You are saying to yourselves:
David – didn’t you just finish up a show? Shouldn’t we have gotten a post about some new way you found to display things?”
And you would be right! I did just finish a show and I did find a new way to display things!
And now some of you are thinking
And a lot of you are thinking
“For the love of god man! Shouldn’t you have figured this out by now!? How many different ways can you display the four things you make?”
And you would be right! I really should have it down by now but somehow I don’t and my obsession with finding the right display continues.
So, welcome to another Craft Show Display Post.
A few years ago when The Great Indoors was going out of business I bought several of these display stands.
They are great and I’ve kicked myself for not buying more. I use them for everything from displaying trays or holding up signs or pretty much anything.
The only have two downsides.
1) they are kind of expensive unless the store you’re shopping at is going out of business
2) They don’t pack well. They’re a weird shape and they don’t fold flat or anything.
I’ve been stewing for quite some time and looking for substitute versions when it suddenly dawned on me that “wait! I have carpentry skills! And these are really simple! I CAN MAKE THEM!!!!!” (Yeah, I’m slow but I do get there eventually).
My version is very simple to make from scrap wood or purchased pieces. And, best of all, they come apart for easy transport.
- 2.5 x 3/4″ wood lengths
- 1.5 x 3/4″ wood lengths
- 5/8″ dowels
- Drill with 5/8″ bit
- Wood Glue
- Chop Saw (optional but faster)
The base consists of a center piece and two legs.
I cut the center piece down to 5.5″ long and I cut the legs to 6″ long.
For the dowels I cut two of them at 5 3/4″ and two of them at 3 3/4″
I used my drill and the 5/8″ bit to drill holes for the dowels into the legs on center 1″ from the back and 1.5″ from the front.
A piece of painters tape wrapped around the bit helped me make sure all the holes were the same depth.
Next I drilled pilot holes in the sides of the “legs” and glued and screwed together the base (pilot holes are really key to keep the wood from splitting).
Tip: Make sure, when you screw it together that the dowel holes you have so carefully drilled are facing the same way on both sides…. otherwise you will feel like a total dope (just a warning I, of course, have never experienced this problem)
I decided to paint them but I didn’t want paint on the ends of the dowels where they would go into the holes (the fit was rather snug and the paint would have made it…snugger) so I taped those off ahead of time.
After some drying time I was good to go (if by “going” I mean setting up a display in my backyard).
I made several of these at once and the whole process took about an hour (not counting drying time for the paint).
Best of all the dowels are can be removed so the everything stores flat and the dimensions can be varied to suit whatever it is you want to display.
So thank you Great Indoors for going out of business! And thank you brain for waiting something like 3 years to get into gear!
Now if I can just figure out how to display the rest of my stuff………