Heather Olinde
Heather Olinde
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  • Saint Francisville, LA

How to Make a Wooden Riser

5 Materials
$10
30 Minutes
Easy

On a recent junkin' excursion, I picked up an old piece of cypress and a few spindles. I didn't have a project in mind when I bought them, but knew they would be good for something. I started thinking about what I could do with them and thought they would make the perfect wooden riser. So that's what I decided to do with them and I'm going to give you a step-by-step of how I did this.

how to make a wooden riser
how to make a wooden riser

First, you will want to cut your spindle (or whatever you decide to use for legs), into 4 even pieces. I cut mine to be 3″ long. Once they were all cut, I sanded the edges to make sure they were nice and smooth so they would sit evenly on a flat surface.

how to make a wooden riser
how to make a wooden riser

After the legs were ready, I put them aside and prepared the board. The hubs sanded it for me and then I put a coat of clear wax on it to protect the wood.


If you are planning to use it for food items, it would be better to seal the wood with a natural oil, such as hemp oil.

how to make a wooden riser
how to make a wooden riser

Now it’s time to attach your legs to the board. Predrill a 1/2″ depth into the bottom of each leg in order to countersink your screws. Apply a small amount of wood glue to the end of the leg that will attach to the board and screw into the board. Repeat these steps for each of the four legs.

how to make a wooden riser

Now turn your board over. You’re done! Was that not the easiest thing ever? You will want to make sure that all of your legs are even and the riser doesn’t rock any. If it does, just sand down whatever leg(s) you need to make it even.

how to make a wooden riser

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy DIY and that it has given you some inspiration to make this cute little riser or maybe come up with something of your own.

how to make a wooden riser
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1 question
  • Denise
    on Mar 10, 2019

    Why is it called a riser? I see that it is above the counter....but for what purpose?

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  • Tina
    on Mar 10, 2019

    Super cute! Much less expensive than buying one from the store!

  • Dawn
    31 minutes ago

    I think I'll make one to put on my kitchen counter and make a little coffee bar out of it. I'll put little wheels on mine do I can move it around the counter.

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