Sunday, 25 April 2010

Hidden Secrets part two

I’ve had a lot of messages on forums and via Facebook asking me about the stand seen in the pervious post ‘Hidden Secrets’, several have asked where it was purchased and others have asked how it’s made.

The stand was made by me about 4 years ago, it was my first attempt and I’m still amazed at the way it has stood up to being transported, put together and then dismantled, I’ve been doing up to 60 events a year for the last two years, and at a rough guess I would say that this display has attended 250 events.

The stand was designed to knock down flat for transport, and needed to be easy to re-assemble each time it was needed, Initially it would have to be said that I over engineered the design, and maybe that’s why it’s lasted, but some of the initial features, such as using wing nuts to hold the cross braces in place, are now no longer used, I just slide the braces onto the bolts, and don’t bother putting the wing nuts on.

In this first photo, you can see the stall ready for transport, it’s simply 8 components; 3 shelves, 3 cross braces, and two side panels.

In photo 2, we have a view of one of the side panels:

You can see the bolt positions onto which the side braces fit, these bolts are epoxyied in to place allowing me to put the unit together on my own.

In the top part of the photo you can see the dowel pegs that slot into the shelves, helping to add stability to the unit.

Below is a more details shot of the dowel pegs

The first step in putting the unit together is to get the cross braces into place, each end of the cross brace is marked, with a corresponding mark on the frame

The next stage, once the cross braces are in place, is to fit the shelves, these just slot onto the dowel pegs (each shelf has the dowel pegs in slightly different places, giving an added benefit of increased stability), as can be seen from the photo below, the back of the shelf has a raised rigid back brace fitted, this allows for a thinner thickness of board to be used to make the self (the back brace also stops the shelf sagging in the middle, and forms a slight joint with the side frame). At the front of the self you can see a raised section again, this time much smaller; this addition prevents items slipping from the front of the shelf.

Once constructed, the naked frame can then covered with a cloth.

Some things you may have noticed, on the bottom rear cross brace, the are cup hooks at either end, this is where I hang bags that I use to put multiple purchases in, although sometimes they can end up inside the cubby the frame creates. The black PVC fabric on the side panels are their to stop people seeing in the side, and to keep wind and water out.

Please note, I have not included the plans for making this stand, for one simple reason, I do make them to order, and each one is custom designed to the requirements that it will be used for. If your interested in having one made, please leave a comment or message me at


  1. This is a great idea, I was looking a purchasing a ready made one from a stall company (Opps), but now just get the other half to construct one......Kx
    Out of interest Woody I work for a joinery company (all wood FSC). And I on a regular basic come home with bags of small cutoffs (for the fire). of seasoned oak and walnut. Don't know if you pay for yours...or what the postage is like.

  2. So simple yet so effective.
    I am not quite there yet. lol

  3. Thanks for the comments,
    Sometimes it's the simple thing that work. if anyone wants help with plans for making your own there are a few simple steps for making it work.
    I'm just glad that people actually read what i write (or write about), I don't get much feedback, but i love what i get. many thanks

  4. Hey Woody...I am looking to do some craft fairs. I am mainly a card maker and would be interested in you making one of these. Would you be able to give me a rough price and timescale for one of your stands??

    Thanks so much,