What you will need:
- Melamine board approximately 23.5” x 23.5”
- 2x2 – the amount will depend upon how high the table will sit
- 1 packet of casters – 1-5/8” **See picture at the end
- 4 Straight Top Plates (legs screw into them) **See picture at the end
- 4 dowel screws
- 1x2s approximately 96” (This will be determined by the size of melamine.)
- Screws for attaching 1x2s to Melamine
- Sturdy wood bolt approximately 3” long to support tree
- Thick piece of a tree
** Note: Two tree stands were assembled at the time the photos were taken.
1. Begin by attaching the straight top plates to the bottom of the piece of melamine board. Using a pencil
to mark all 5 holes and then drill pilot holes so as the 4 screws will screw in easier.
2. Measure the two opposite sides of the melamine board and cut the 1x2 to the appropriate length for each side.
3. On the 1x2s mark approximately 4-5 equally spaced marks, approximately 1/4” away from the edge.
Drill holes through each of these marks (should be smaller than the screw size that will be used).
4. Screw the two 1x2s to opposite sides of the melamine (measured in step 2). The 1x2 should be
flush with the bottom side of melamine so as to create a lip on the top.
5. Repeat steps 2-4, but this time measuring from the edge of each 1x2.
6. Cut the legs to the desired length.
7. Drill holes at the ends of each leg. The bit size should be smaller than the dowel screw that will be used.
8. Drill a 2nd hole at the other end of each leg per the instructions for the casters.
9. Following the instructions for the castors, pound the first part of it into the wood. Wait to add the wheels until later.
10. Next determine where the 2x2 support braces will be placed. For example 19” on one side and 18.5” on
the other side. Drill two holes in each leg at the appropriate place.
11. Take the dowel screws and screw them 1/2-way into the end of each leg. Then screw the other end to the bottom of the table.
12. Measure for the leg supports and cut to length.
** Note: These may need to be measured separately for each side in the event the measurements are off.
13. Screw in each leg support. This is best accomplished with at least two people to hold it steady and in place.
14. Insert wheels into bottom of legs.
15. Flip over table.
16. Drill a hole (smaller than the wood bolt) into the bottom of the tree.
17. Determine the best placement for tree on the table top and mark the place with a pencil.
18. Drill a hole through the melamine just big enough for the bolt screw to go through.
19. Take the bolt screw up through the melamine from the bottom and screw it into the bottom of the tree.
20. Add any other branches, as desired. These can be screwed on, drilling a pilot hole if necessary, or zip tied.
21. Wipe down the top of the melamine and caulk the edges and any cracks to make for easy clean up. Let caulk dry the recommended time.
22. Add any additional toys and give to your bird! Hint: placing newspaper over the melamine makes for easy clean up.
** Note: These instructions can be modified to make a floor stand without legs, which also works nice.
Straight Top Plates