How to Make a Plate Holder

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Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Flexible curve ruler
  • Cardboard, 6 inches by 8 inches
  • Utility knife
  • 2 boards, quarter inch by 6 inches, 8 inches long
  • Band saw
  • Sandpaper, fine-grit
  • Tack cloth
  • Wood finish
  • Paintbrush
  • 2 hinges with screws
  • Screw gun

You can make a plate holder out of wood to display a favorite plate. Whether the plate is a family heirloom or a souvenir from your travels, a wooden stand is an ideal way to display it. Select a quality hardwood from which to make the stand so that the plate is accented by it. The stand consists of two L-shaped pieces that are connected at the center with hinges. The bottom end of the L is hooked so that the plate rests against the bottom and leans on the long vertical part of the L.

Place the cardboard on a work surface. Draw an L-shaped support on the cardboard with a pencil. Use a flexible curve ruler to create a gradually curved end on the bottom of the L. The support should be 8 inches high and 6 inches wide. Cut out the support with an utility knife. This is the support template.

Place the support template over the boards and trace the outline onto them with a pencil. Cut out the supports using a band saw. Guide the boards through the saw in an even motion, moving just fast enough for the blade to cut through the wood to complete each cut.

Sand the cut edges and all of the other surfaces of the supports with fine-grit sandpaper until they are completely smooth. Clean the remaining dust with a tack cloth.

Apply an even coat of wood finish over the supports using a paintbrush. Allow the first coat to dry at least four hours before applying a second coat.

Place the supports with the verticals back to back so that the bottom of the supports are opposite each other. Center one hinge between the supports and position them 1 inch in from the top and bottom ends.

Drive the screws included with the hinges through the mounting holes and into the supports with a screw gun. Stand the holder upright and fold it in to approximately a 45-degree angle. The plate will lean inside the L supports on display.


  • Adjust the dimensions of the holder based on the size of the plate you would like to display.


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