Backyard Rock Makes a Fine Furniture Accent
Here’s a little weekend project you can make in about an hour. I admit, it isn’t glamorous, and it isn’t a show piece, but this simple little toilet paper holder was a blast to make. It was really fun to incorporate a rock into the construction. I could see the same technique being used for a plant stand, a music stand, or a lamp. Actually a lamp would be cool… I think that will be next on the project list.
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Begin with a piece of wood about 1 1/4-in. wide by 1-in. thick by 34-in. long.
1. Cut a section off the top about the length of a toilet paper roll and add about three inches.
2. Cut a 2-in. tenon on one end of the short piece and add a mortise for a small wedge.
3. Carve the rest of the piece roughly round, but leave about an inch on the end square.
4. Cut a mortise near the top of the long section.
5. Fit the tenon to the mortise and make the small wedge.
6. Make a few bandsaw cuts up from the bottom on both sides, about 12″ long.
7. I soaked the long piece in very hot water for about a 1/2 hour. (Not sure if it helped, but I figured it couldn’t hurt.)
8. Have a cup of coffee while you walk around the yard looking for a flat rock that’s just the right size.
9. Take the long piece out of the tub and splay the legs around the rock. I added a few copper rivets above each bandsaw cut to prevent splitting.
10. Use a masonry bit to drill pilot holes in the rock and tap in copper nails.
The completed stand sports a flared base that cradels a rock picked up from my yard.
Wedge and tenon detail.
Removing the wedge.
The disassembled parts and rock detail. Notice how the copper nails help to keep the post attached to the rock.
In this image, you can see the vanity and wall cabinet that the stand matches. I think the scrap was a cut-off from one of the vanity legs.