How to Make a Wooden Umbrella Stand

What You'll Need
Power drill
Tape measure
Circular saw
Wood glue
Wood putty
Paint brush
Plastic tray

A wooden umbrella stand is no longer as popular as it once was; there was a time when every house would have one waiting by the door. Despite their lack of popularity in the modern world, they are still practical during the wet weather.

Step 1 – Measurements

The measurements are based on a full-sized wooden umbrella stand and the stand will not be suitable for compact umbrellas. The dimensions of the stand are 40 inches by 8 inches by 8 inches.  

Step 2 – Mark the Wood

In total, you will need thirteen pieces of wood for the wooden umbrella stand. Mark the planks with pencil so that four of them are 40 inches long, eight are 8 inches long and the final piece will be marked out on a sheet of wood measuring 8 by 8 inches to form the base.

Step 3 – Cut the Wood

Cut using a circular saw along the marks you made in Step 2. Make sure that while cutting, you are taking the correct safety precautions and wearing safety glasses.

Step 4 – Attach the Sides to the Base

For this you will need 4 of the 8 inches planks of wood and the base. Mark a center line that divides the width of the plank of wood on all 4 pieces. Apply wood glue to the edges of the base. Before the glue dries, attach the base of the wooden umbrella stand to the lines on each of the four pieces.

Step 5 – Add Vertical Planks

Take the 40 inch high vertical planks and the base from the previous step. You will notice that the corners are not flush and have a right angle cut; this is where the vertical beams will be placed. Apply some wood glue to these right angles. Place a vertical beam into this corner, while ensuring that about 4 inches of the beam is below the base and hold it in place until the glue sets. Repeat for the remaining 3 beams.

Step 6 – Add the Rests

The rests are the other four 8 inches long pieces of wood; they are named “rests” because the umbrellas will rest on them. They will be positioned about 4 inches down from the top of the vertical beams. Apply wood glue to the edges of the rests, and then slide the rests into place and hold the vertical beams so it sandwiches the rest until the glue sets. Repeat for the remaining 3 rests of the wooden umbrella stand.

Step 7 – Add Screws

Screw the pieces of wood together using a power drill. This will give a firmer finish than wood glue alone. One screw should be drilled into each wood joint to secure it.

Step 8 – Finishing the Stand

Apply wood putty over the screw heads so that they are not visible. Use sandpaper to sand down the wood to ensure that it is smooth. Now apply a layer of varnish and leave it to try. Apply a second coat in order to get a lovely finish. Finally, place a shallow plastic tray on top of the base; this will gather the water and prevent the rain water soaking into the wood of the wooden umbrella stand.