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In Southern California, we're gearing up for a little something called "fire season," and while the flames are alighting the mountain tops and clouds of smoke are hanging over the city, putting your fireplace to use can sound a little less than cozy. Use your lumber logs for something other than a roaring fire by repurposing them into a much more harmless use: a plant stand. Having only used a hand saw once in summer camp many years ago, let's just say I'm no lumberjack. However, this project was a breeze and the actual assembly took me under an hour.
What You Need
Cross section of a tree branch
Wood plaque from craft store
Books or heavy objects
1. Select a wooden plaque from your local craft store. These come in a variety of shapes and colors.
2. Find a log from your woodpile or a fallen branch from the great outdoors. You will need a section of the branch that is thick enough to use as the base of the cake stand.
3. Use your handsaw to cut a section of the branch into a short base. It does not need to be tall (mine was only 4 inches high) but it does need to be relatively level on both sides.
4. Paint both wood pieces with a wood sealer.
5. Glue your base and top together. Coat one side of your base with wood glue and firmly press your wood plaque down. Stack books or other heavy objects on top to aid the sealing process.
(Images: Katie O'Gorman)