Stands   29 comments

Thru the years I have built many stands for myself and for people whom have asked or those that have bought what I built for selling. Here I wish to showcase some of my building progressions just so one can see how much goes into building a table for bonsai display.

Cascade Stand

Now Resides, Austin Texas

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Three Large Stands

These three stands were all built from cherry wood. The three stands were part of a group I purpose built for Kathy Shaner’s lecture on bonsai display at the Second Annual Toko Kazari in 2010.

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Recurve Leg Bi-level Shohin Stand

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Three Walnut Bi-level Stands

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Three Walnut Tables for Myself

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Shohin Stands for Everyone

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The Moon Stand

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Tri-level Stand

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Posted November 27, 2012 by California Bonsai Art

29 responses to “Stands

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  1. Truly beautiful craftsmanship AL….. I was wondering about the intricate double cut on the legs and the v cut on the corners of the top of the cascade stand…. I have seen this join on stands I have from Japan. Is there a technical name for this particular type of join, and if so would you care to share how it’s done.

  2. It is detailed above in the post “Three Large Stands”, I just call it a triple miter. easy to do when all the joining surfaces are the same size, then they are just 45 degree cuts. If you notice above I had to make a jig to cut the face of the tall legged stand due to the shallow mateing of the thin stretcher and the thicker leg

  3. Hi Al,

    I just found your blog and have enjoyed looking it over.

    Great job on the stands.

    Your attention to detail is outstanding.

    Keep up the great work.

    Regards,
    Paul

  4. Thanks Paul, I wish I could find more time to work on making more. Work really gets in the way of my free time….

  5. Hi Al,

    I just found your blog the other day,I really enjoy it! Your trees and stands are fantastic!

    Mike

  6. Thanks Mike, looks like you are in good company at NEBG. Great place. On my bucket list.

    Say hi to John Romano for me.

  7. Al I was looking for pictures on how to make bi level stands, and stumbled on this page I had not visited yet. Great step by step pictures it really gives me a good idea on where to begin. Do you have stands for sale or are these just made to order?

  8. Beautiful work. How may I buy a couple from you? My email is beuf143@hotmail.com. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

  9. i AM SO IMPRESSED BY YOUR CREATIVITY AND CAPABILITIES. JUST FANTASTIC! And I dont mean it like WP>

  10. Thank you Neli for looking at the blog. I have many projects to post later this winter. Will start building stands this month. Have two shohin racks to build.

  11. Very nice log. Sometimes I see you at different shows around Calif. I always wanted to see how someone makes a stand. Tom Colby showed me his workshop after he stopped making stands. Last end I made a shohin stand and sold it at this year fundraiser at the Lake Merritt. This year I am going to try and make a stand for Calif Juniper.
    Hopefully I’ll see you at the Convention in Sacramento.
    Dennis

  12. Aloha Al. I am having a very hard time finding display stands in Hawaii. I’d like to build a few stands for my collection. Would you be willing to share a simple pattern/procedure for getting started, especially how you create the platform with the frame around it, the initial steps before the legs. Many thanks.

    • I don’t have plans or patterns for the stands I build. Each one is unique in size and shape and most are built from the gut. I have included as many photo’s of the process as possible and have no way to make the procedure any more easy to see. Thanks for your questions though..just get in and get dirty, you will find your own way.

      • Do you use a satin or gloss lacquer finish and do you wax it afterwards? how many coats of lacquer and do you sand in between coats?

      • Mostly I use satin, though I have used gloss like on the box stands I built. Shohin can stand up to a gloss finish. My favorite finish is tung oil which I use frequently. I have waxed but it depends on the type of wood. open pore wood like mahogany and such do not take wax well due to the wax becoming lodged in the open grain. Of course more lacquer means the pores close and then wax works. Most of the time I use about five coats of finish sanded between with 400 grit paper and a final coat over 4 ought steel wool buffed. Thanks for the question.

  13. Thanks!!! I want to try Watco oil on the cherry stand after a water based rosewood stain. Three oil coats soaked in and rubbed off after a half hour each time or so. And then waxed using 600 grit to polish. What do you think? How long do you wait between lacquer coats and do you use a spray gun? Do you cut the lacquer 10 %

  14. do you use oil base stains or water based?

  15. I have never used Danish oil. Yes I thin lacquer 15 percent. I have used a spray gun, but my wife says I am gassing her out so I switched to the tung oil. I only use oil base stains or lacquer based stains but have recently tried aniline dye which seem to work fine. (water base). Previously I was using Rit dye dissolved in denatured alcohol. I did not like the way water based products raise the grain on the wood. Aniline dye does not do this. I have no idea how it works.

  16. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your responses…I am making my first tables much the same as yours and have a whole new appreciation for why they are so expensive. Have you ever used a lacquer sanding sealer which is then 320 sanded? I am going to try the water based stain first because it seems to have a deeper color than the oil bases. My local fine furniture wood shop recommended the sanding sealer before the spray lacquer. How could I send you photos when I am finished one?

  17. Thx, Frank. Do you attend the Southern CA convention in Oct?

  18. I probably will go for a day. I hear it will be Kobayashi again. I was there in 2009 when he was there last. I was just at the Bonsai a thon.

  19. What part of CA are you in? I am taking a vacation in August driving from LA up to San Francisco if you are available for us to stop to meet you.

  20. I live in Fresno Ca. Way out of your way for SF. I will be in Riverside in Oct though.

  21. Will see you there for sure…thanks for all your help

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