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DIY Wood Riser for Tabletops and Counters

Easy DIY Wood Riser Stand and Table Protector

Often gift shops have a wide assortment of table risers for decor, so after pricing some I came home and made this DIY wood riser stand for less than $3. Farmhouse stores always have all these cute and attractive little ornaments for us to oooh and ahh over.  Galvanized salt and pepper shakes, pretty flower sprigs, adorable and fun signs, pretty linens and so forth.   Next time you go shopping check and you will notice they have a variety of table risers, some small pricey ones for sale, and sometimes ones like this large wooden riser stand that are often hands off store displays. 

Not only is this dining table riser cheap and easy to make its large enough to be pretty centerpiece. It can also do double duty as a table protector when your serving anything hot.  Mine is done in natural wood to add some warm colour to my white kitchen set, and it matches the golden tones of our kitchen cabinets.  If you want one in black or white, just give it a quick paint job instead.

How to make a DIY wood riser stand using scrap wood.  This easy small wood project is perfect for beginners wanting to make a DIY gift.

This farmhouse table riser for the kitchen is a great simple wood project for beginners like me.  No asking and waiting for Hubs to create it. It allows you to get practice using a saw, sander, drill, and screwdriver on a simple project, and you get a new rustic riser for decorating.  Can you tell I am excited to make one? You can easily create one yourself as an easy weekend afternoon project.

DIY Wood Riser Materials

You will need 1 – 1″ by 6″ and 1 -1 by 2 piece of lumber, glue, 4 1″ screws and a small piece of felt. Small amount of Varathane or paint and that’s it. We were able to make ours with scrap wood, check your stash for any wood you have laying around. The same ideas can be used on various lumber dimensions.

Cutting the Lumber

Cut the 1 by 6 lumber into two pieces 36″ long (or whatever size you like). 

Cut the 1 by 2 lumber into two pieces 10″ long

Drilling the Cross Pieces of the DIY Wood Riser

Stack your two 10″ cross pieces so the ends meet.  Then drill a hole about one inch from the end.  Drill right through the first piece and a little bit into the second piece.  This way the holes on both pieces will be evenly placed.  

How to make a riser using a drill to add simple feet the bottom of a wood tray for height. This is a easy small wood project perfect for beginners.

Take the lower board, put it on the top and finish drilling the hole right through.

Repeat this process on the other end.

My screws are an inch long because I had them handy.  Use whatever screws you have laying around just make sure they are long enough to go through the cross pieces, and short enough they don’t poke through the top of your riser.

How to make a riser using the correct size of screws making sure that the screw does not go through the top of the wood riser stand.

Sand the Wood

Sand all your wood with first 120 grit and then 220 grit sandpaper to remove slivers and smooth out the wood.

Check out your lumber to see if one side is more blemish free of knots or nicks then the other.  I call that the good side.  Place both good sides face down on your work surface.  

Line up the ends so that the meet exactly and form a square end. 

Place a cross piece three inches from each end.   Making sure the two top pieces are pushed up snuggly together attach the predrilled cross pieces into the top using screws.  Repeat at the other end. 

Attaching cross braces to a handmade diy wood riser stand. Both the riser and the feet are made using natural coloured wood.

Make sure to drill the screws until they are flush and sink into the wood.  If the screw heads are left sticking out, they could scratch your table.

A large wood riser stand in pretty natural wood, for a rustic farmhouse centerpiece.

Add Finishing Touches With Paint or Stain

Mine is currently natural, I used Varathane to give it a quick coat for protection.  I was very tempted to do it in both black or white, but I can always do that later.  For now I love it in the natural wood colour. I gave this rustic farmhouse riser one coat top and underside in Varathane and no stain.  

To protect the table you can buy little plastic glue one beads for over your screw heads, but I had white felt handy, so I just cut it to match the size of the cross pieces and glued it in place.  

How to make a riser as a decorative table stand and attaching felt on the bottom to prevent scratches.

I really enjoy bits of natural wood decor in each room of our home. This DIY table riser was a nice way to add some. There is no such thing as having too many table risers so I have made two more. One is a small round white farmhouse riser, that you can use for plants or decor. The second one is larger but painted in sage green to add a touch of colour to the living room coffee table.

As an extra benefit as long as the table riser is inexpensive, they make terrific heat plates for the table, the counter or coffee and snack holders for the coffee table. No scratching and you can serve hot appetizers on them without any worries.

A long handmade decorative table riser on a kitchen table. The riser is clear coated for a pretty natural wood colour, is sitting on a buffalo plaid runner with nice black candlesticks.

Other DIY Wood Risers to Try

Here are the links to my other table risers.

A farmhouse style arrangement for the bedroom with a black horse ornament sitting on a pedestal tray wrapped with farmhouse beads. The second stand is a DIY white farmhouse stand with a pretty boxwood plant on top.

DIY Wood Riser with Beads

A smaller DIY wood riser that features farmhouse beads.

A handmade wood table riser painted a soft green and decorated with eucalyptus branches, twine, and small vintage wood toys.

Grain Sack Striped Eucalyptus Green Riser

A scrap wood table riser in soft green with grain stripes. Risers are really useful for home decor, stores have been using them for years.


  1. What a great project, Leanna! This would be perfect for tablescapes, vignettes, as well as everyday use. I am so impressed with your woodworking skills! Pinned!

    1. Thank you Lynn, I am learning but I love doing it. Its really nice to just be able to make it on your own.

  2. I love your riser, Leanna! This is something you’ll use over and over again for tablescapes and creating vignettes. I made a riser out of 2×4’s and managed to avoid all power tools by having the wood pre-cut and by using wood glue. I need to get over my fear of power tools, though. Thanks for sharing a great beginner project. It was fun hopping with you!

    1. Whatever gets the job done right? I am using metal mending plates to avoid using jigs. Eventually I will but not yet, so I hear you.

  3. Leanna, great project to use everyday or for a special tablescape. Wonderful way to use leftover wood too.

  4. You go girl! What a great project idea, tutorial and and result Leanna. I usually leave the power tools to my husband, but you’ve inspired me to ask him for a power tool 101 private lesson while we’re homebound.

  5. This is a perfect addition, especially for someone like me who loves to style pretty tables. You provided such easy to follow instructions! Thanks so much for joining our hop!

  6. I love ladies who use power tools! Especially when they have such beautiful nails! Glad to find you in the blog hop. Looking for ward to looking at your blog.

    1. Thank you Andrea, I am determined. Right now I miss my nail tech (sigh) but I do love pink nails. Thank you for commenting.

  7. What a cute project. I love the look and may have to recreate one for myself. So fun hopping with you. Beautiful photo collages of all the bloggers. Thanks n

  8. This is a great project that could be used for so many things! Love your candlesticks too! Nice to hop with you! (Sorry if this is a dupe comment, it looks like my first one didn’t go thru so I used my personal email!)
    Calypso in the Country

    1. Thank you very much Shelley. I am totally in love with those black candlesticks as well. Working on adding little pops of black to my decor, so thank you for mentioning then.

  9. This is such a versatile project and great tutorial! Happy to be joining you for this creative hop! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  10. Good Morning Leanna,
    So lovely to meet you and share in this crafting blog hop with you too.
    I also miss inspiring gift shops and unique antique stores….so thank you for brightening up the day with this riser.
    Great piece for Holiday gatherings as well.
    Beautiful collages you put together from all of the creativity shared.

  11. I love this idea Leanna. I used to have a gift shop years ago with my sister and it is exactly things like this riser that was hard to find. I also love this for a centerpiece base on the dining room table for holidays. That way you can easily remove the whole thing and share the food family style. Great idea!

  12. Since I have little kids and use a clear plastic liner over my tablecloth, I really like this idea for keeping hot things from damaging the table!


  13. What a great idea! I can see so many ideas for using this!

  14. Awesome beginner project Leanna and great tips – especially about the screws!! Such a simple and effective way to elevate things, but I love the idea of using it for hot food 🙂

  15. Terrie Tipler says:

    I love the riser. I will be trying your style out. It’s always fun using them in vignettes. Happy Crafting.

  16. Great points for doing your own wood riser. And the finished project is perfect

    1. Thank you Rachelle. It is rustic, but little so much cheaper using 1 by 2 instead of knobs.

  17. I can see your riser coming in handy for all sorts of tablescaping and serving options for dining! Happy to be crafting with you today!

    1. Thank you Mary. This little riser was my work around for those gorgeous dough bowls. Up in Edmonton the price is really much too high. Thank you for commenting.

  18. I wish I was confident with cutting wood and tools, this is super clever!

    1. Oh I hear you, I am determined and love it. The cutting saw still intimidates me and Hubs too whenever I try and use it lol.

    1. I think one would look very nice with one of you pretty table settings Gail. Thank you for commenting

  19. This is super fun and useful! Lots of possibilities with something like this. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Thank you Chas, I know with your creativity you could find dozens of little handy ways to use one of these.

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