Finishing Platform

This is a quick and easy project for setting projects up from a work surface so you can apply a finish.

I’ve seen little plastic “pyramids” that are for this purpose, but I always like to improvise and use scrap materials for something whenever I can.

Take a piece of 1×12 (or a scrap bit of plywood) and drill several countersunk (#10) holes on one side. Space the holes every few inches, beginning 1″ or so from the edges, and make sure the holes are drilled to the same depth. Drive #8 x 1 1/4″ screws into the holes and file the points of the screws to a rounded point.

Now you can place a project on the points of the screws and apply a finish to five sides of the project. It’s best to use this only for small projects. Heavier projects would press themselves on the screw points with their weight alone.

Published in: on March 1, 2010 at 2:37 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. I’ve made a similar board by just shooting brads through a sheet of plywood. Haven’t had any problem with marking, although I try to finish the hidden side of the project first, then place that side on the nails.

    • Yep – I also do the hidden side first.

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