With a protective glass top, a display stand can be a perfect destination for a striking orchid or Boston fern, or even a colorful flower arrangement. The stands are light enough to be moved easily for special occasions.
This picture shows four presentations: clockwise from the left rear they are a figured cherry veneered stand (12" x 12" x 36" tall), a tapered maple veneered stand (13" square base tapering to a 10" square top, 40" tall), a pommele sapele veneered stand (11" x 11" x 30" tall), and a button lacewood veneered stand (9" x 9" x 18" tall). This last stand has a thick glass top with a "chipped" front edge for added visual interest.
The wonderful curly or ropey figure of the cherry provides enough movement and color variations for this stand to work with a wide range of displayed objects. Here, the maple greek key inlay pattern on the top frames almost perfectly the pot. At 36" tall, the stand might be slightly tall for larger flower arrangements and specimen plants.
The light color of the maple and subtle orange of the padauk inlay will brighten any darker corner of a room and complement almost any flower color.
With a hand rubbed coat of linseed oil as the first step in the finishing process, this stand has a darker appearance than some of the others and a rippling, almost three dimensional appearance. It would be a marvelous contrast to a specimen red Christmas cactus in full bloom or a large golden pothos plant, among others.
Button lacewood also has a three dimensional appearance that was brought to life with the linseed oil and shellac beginning steps in the finishing process. It is an active look that is best matched with an active presentation object. Here, the "chipped edge" glass shelf continues very successfully the button pattern in the veneer.
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