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Easy DIY Farmhouse Wooden Riser Stand

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Easy DIY Farmhouse Wooden Riser Stand and Table Protector

If you love to haunt gift shops and miss them as much as I do, I think you will really enjoy this post.  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.   But they often have them on table risers, some small pricey ones for sale, and sometimes  ones like this large Farmhouse wooden riser stand that are often hands off store displays. 

So great that they are cheap to make and better yet easy to make, so I decided to make a few of my own, including this large one for the kitchen table.   The best part is it can do double duty as a table protector when your serving anything hot.  Mine is done in natural wood add some 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.The best part is you can use it as a funky farmhouse table protector for anything hot, and it will serve as a cute base for a table centerpiece.  

Easy to make wood table riser.

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 riser for decorating.  Can you tell I am excited to make one?

Today I am collaborating with several other bloggers with Craft Ideas for Spring, we all have different sized stashes at home, and still enjoying creating and making our homes beautiful.  Check out their links at the bottom of my post.

DIY Farmhouse 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. 

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

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.  

Drilling wood as part of a easy beginners wood project.

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.

Using the correct screws on a DIY Wood project for beginners

Making the DIY Farmhouse Riser

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.  

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

Attaching cross braces to a handmade wooden table riser for the kitchen.

Make sure to screw in the screws until they are flush and sink into the wood.  Otherwise the metal could scratch your good furniture.

Large table riser made with wood for rustic farmhouse kitchen decor.

Finishing your Farmhouse Riser

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 farmhouse one coat top and underside in Varathane.  

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


protecting table surface from scratching by adding felt to a DIY table riser.


This collection of Crafts has been organized by Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate. If you’re looking for some creative ideas and inspiration, your in for a treat.  Twenty five bloggers joined in.  Grab a coffee and enjoy!


craft hop

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DIY Faux Mercury Glass Votive by My Family Thyme
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Five Easy DIY Makeovers by Chas’ Crazy Creations

Simple Succulent Wreaths by Design Morsels

Farmhouse Wood Spindle Candlesticks by Our Crafty Mom

DIY Faux Tobacco Baskets by Decorate and More with Tip

Webcam Cozy Shaughnessy Turtle by Birdz of a Feather

Popsicle Stick Picture Frame by Sustain My Craft Habit

Fabulous Floral Fascinator by Debbee’s Buzz 
Make Your Own Cloche Decor Project by White Arrows Home
Hanky for Your Honey by Create With Cynthia

DIY Napkin Rings by Calypso in the CountryToilet Paper Tree

by B4 and Afters 

No Sew DIY Utensil Holder by Purple Hues and Me 
3 Ways to Decorate Pots with Decoupage by Bluesky at Home
How to Upcycle a Farmhouse Chalkboard by Raggedy Bits
Faeries & Fauna Craft Co. – That’s me
DIY Faux Greenery Pedestal Centerpiece by Elle Marie Home 
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Handmade natural wood coloured table riser

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  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.
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  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. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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 🙂

  14. Terrie Tipler says:

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. What a unique idea! This would definitely come in handy for lots of activities! I think I would love one for myself, Leanna!

    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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