After recently looking around for an inexpensive plant stand with no success, I had the idea for this simple project. It’s made from a single 8-foot piece of 1×8 western red cedar, and a few cedar pickets. From start to finish it took less than 2 hours to complete, and cost well under $20.
The construction is straightforward, and it’s very sturdy leaned against the railing of our deck. I started by cutting the 1×8 cedar in to two sections, then trimming each end at around 15° to allow it to lean back. I ripped a few cedar fence pickets to 2″ widths to use as supports and shelves. I set a bevel gauge to the top angle of each side board, and used this to mark the location of the shelf supports on both sides to ensure the shelves would be level once the stand was leaning backwards. The supports are screwed in, and then trimmed with a flush cut saw.
The shelves are simply more of the same 2″ boards ripped from pickets, spaced evenly to allow drainage and screwed/nailed down to the shelf supports. Since this is an outdoor stand, I chose not to put a finish on it and to just let it age naturally.