My very first desk calendar is finished and available in my Etsy store as a digital download. This calendar features 12 of my favorite macro photography images, and of course, it’s full of color. You can find it here…
Here’s a peek at all twelve months…
After I had my calendar printed, I searched for a simple, streamlined desktop easel or stand for it, and couldn’t find anything I liked. So, of course, I decided to make my own!
Y’all, this is probably the easiest DIY project you’ll ever see me do. And if you’re wanting to ease into learning how to use a table saw, this is the project for you! The table saw is the only tool you’ll need, and with just a few cuts, you’ll have an assembled desk calendar stand.
By the way, if you’re looking for a table saw, this Dewalt is the one I have and I absolutely love it. It’s big enough to do almost anything I need to do with it, but it’s small enough to be portable.
Through my own DIY journey, I’ve learned that starting simple and seeing actual finished products is a great way to learn and to build the confidence I need to tackle increasingly more difficult projects.
And because these are so quick and simple, a desk calendar with a stand would also make a great gift for teachers, co-workers, gift exchanges, etc.
So let me show you just how easy it is to make this desk calendar stand. Here’s a video of the process…
I started with a 2′ x 2′ piece of 1/4-inch MDF that I bought at Home Depot for $3.99. I can get four stands out of one piece of MDF, so that means each stand is about a dollar. Not too bad!
First, I set my fence to 6.5 inches and cut the board into strips. I only need one strip for one stand, but I went ahead and cut my whole board into 6.5-inch-wide strips.
Then I set the fence to 9 inches and cut the large piece for the stand.
And then I set the fence to 3 inches and cut the small piece for the stand.
And those are the only two pieces required to make this stand. That’s it! 😀
Next, I measured and marked the center at the 3.25-inch mark using painters tape. I did this on both pieces.
In order for these pieces to fit together to create the stand, I needed to cut a slot into each piece. So starting with the small piece, I set the fence to 1/2 inch and made a cut from the edge to the center line marked with the tape. Then I moved the fence over 1/8 inch (to 5/8 inch) and made another cut. This gave me a 1/4-inch slot in the small piece.
I repeated that process on the large piece starting with my fence set at 1 inch, and them moving it over 1/8 inch (to 1 1/8 inch) for the second cut. This gave me a 1/4-inch slot in the large piece as well.
Then I slid the pieces together, lining up the slots and pushing them together all the way.
And I had a desktop stand! I mean, it doesn’t get any easier than that, right?
To finish them, I gave each one two coats of spray primer and two coats of spray paint, letting each coat dry thoroughly and then sanding with 220-grit sandpaper between each coat so that the finished stand would have the smoothest possible finish.
I made two of them — one white and one black. I think the black one is my favorite, but I tend to be drawn to black accents lately.
If you’re new to using a table saw, or haven’t yet given it a try but really want to, you should give this try! This type of project is just what you need to wade into the shallow end of using a table saw, and it’ll give you the boost of confidence you need to tackle more challenging projects in the future.
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