Build an Abbott Plant Stand

A Beautiful Plant Stand in an Easy to Build Plan!

This is a really great plant stand inspired by a catalog retailer… The plans to build an Abbott plant stand feature a base in a ladder style with three framed trays. The trays will have hardware cloth stapled to the bottom, and will be lined with weed cloth to keep the soil in place and allow for drainage.

build abbott plant stand _ dimensions

This would be a great project for a covered porch or deck, filled with herbs or ground covering type of flower.



  • 3 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 5 – 2×2 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 59″ – Frame Legs
  • 8 – 2×2 at 25″ – Frame Rails
  • 6 – 1×3 at 23-3/4″ – Tray Sides
  • 2 – 1×3 at 10-1/2″ – Small Tray Ends
  • 2 – 1×3 at 13″ – Medium Tray Ends
  • 2 – 1×3 at 16-1/2″ – Large Tray Ends

build abbott plant stand

Notes About the Project:

  • Use treated wood or cedar when constructing this project. Pallet wood can also be used for the trays.
  • Countersink the screws on the trays
  • The trays can be painted, if desired

Step One

Cut the pieces for the frames. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter frame pieces. Assemble the frame using glue and 2-1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws.

build abbott plant stand - frames

Install the hinges at the top of the frames to join them together so that it stands in an A shape.

build abbott plant stand _ hinges

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the trays. Note that each tray is a different width. Assemble the trays using glue and countersunk 1-1/2″ screws.

Cut pieces of hardware cloth to fit the bottom and staple in place.

build abbott plant stand _ tray frames

Finish the frames and trays as desired. Exterior stain would be a great choice! The trays can be secured to the frames using 1-1/2″ screws through the inside of the trays into the legs of the frame.

Line the trays with weed cloth before adding soil, and insert the plants.

Other Options:

The Abbott plant stand can also be used indoors to hold potted plants: just swap the hardware cloth on the bottom of the trays for 1/4″ plywood and nail it to the bottom.

The plant stand with solid-bottom trays could also be used to store craft supplies, yarn or fabric in a craft room, or to hold vinyl rolls and scrapbooking paper.

Have questions about the plans to build an Abbott plant stand? Leave a comment below!

Originally posted 2022-02-21 08:00:51.

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