How to Make a Plate Holder

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How to Make a Plate Holder
Make a plate holder to display plates in a decorative collection. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

You can make a plate holder out of wood to display a favourite plate. Whether the plate is a family heirloom or a souvenir from your travels, a wooden stand is an ideal way to display it. Select a quality hardwood from which to make the stand so that the plate is accented by it. The stand consists of two L-shaped pieces that are connected at the centre with hinges. The bottom end of the L is hooked so that the plate rests against the bottom and leans on the long vertical part of the L.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Flexible curve ruler
  • Cardboard, 6 inches by 8 inches
  • Utility knife
  • 2 boards, quarter inch by 6 inches, 8 inches long
  • Band saw
  • Sandpaper, fine-grit
  • Tack cloth
  • Wood finish
  • Paintbrush
  • 2 hinges with screws
  • Screw gun

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  1. 1

    Place the cardboard on a work surface. Draw an L-shaped support on the cardboard with a pencil. Use a flexible curve ruler to create a gradually curved end on the bottom of the L. The support should be 8 inches high and 6 inches wide. Cut out the support with an utility knife. This is the support template.

  2. 2

    Place the support template over the boards and trace the outline onto them with a pencil. Cut out the supports using a band saw. Guide the boards through the saw in an even motion, moving just fast enough for the blade to cut through the wood to complete each cut.

  3. 3

    Sand the cut edges and all of the other surfaces of the supports with fine-grit sandpaper until they are completely smooth. Clean the remaining dust with a tack cloth.

  4. 4

    Apply an even coat of wood finish over the supports using a paintbrush. Allow the first coat to dry at least four hours before applying a second coat.

  5. 5

    Place the supports with the verticals back to back so that the bottom of the supports are opposite each other. Center one hinge between the supports and position them 1 inch in from the top and bottom ends.

  6. 6

    Drive the screws included with the hinges through the mounting holes and into the supports with a screw gun. Stand the holder upright and fold it in to approximately a 45-degree angle. The plate will lean inside the L supports on display.

Tips and warnings

  • Adjust the dimensions of the holder based on the size of the plate you would like to display.
  • Wear eye protection when operating power tools.

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