DIY Wood Riser

Meeghan Aimone
by Meeghan Aimone
2 Hours

Decor, DIY, How-Tos

Looking for a great way to repurpose wood scraps that are lying around from leftover past projects? This DIY wood riser is the perfect quick, easy, and useful project to help use up that extra wood.

I’m always looking for easy, fun, and creative ways to use up wood leftover from past projects on the farm. By now, y’all know that I only take on easy DIYs. This DIY wood riser is about as easy as it gets. You can make the riser over a weekend and once it’s sealed, you can use it in so many ways throughout your home including as a charcuterie board.

Wood risers are beautiful and useful home decor pieces.

Wood risers come in all different shapes and sizes. Therefore, the beauty of this DIY is that creativity can run wild. Make your riser in any shape or size you want. Depending on the wood you have on hand you can determine your design based on how you plan on using it.

There are many ways to use a wood riser in the home. It can be a raised platform for displaying beautifully styled vignettes that include a pitcher full of seasonal flowers, a candle, and a bowl of fruit on the kitchen island or the coffee table. It can also be a lovely way to display cookbooks on the kitchen counter. Wood risers are also great for giving potted plants a lift on a table or a shelf.

Not only can wood risers be great decor pieces, but they can also be functional pieces in the kitchen. They make the perfect charcuterie board to display meats, cheese, olives, nuts, and fruit.

Items needed to make a DIY wood riser:

  • Wood (I used a 1 in. X 12 in. X 4 ft. pine board that I cut into two 20 inch lengths for the top of the riser.)
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Stain and/or sealer

Your eyes do not deceive you! The list of items needed to make a DIY wood riser is very short. If you don’t have leftover wood scraps laying around, you can get a wood board and some wood remnant pieces from your local home improvement store. I’ve also seen wood risers made from beautiful slabs of wood found at antique auctions or vintage markets.

Note: Don’t have a saw to cut wood? Don’t worry! Most home improvement stores will cut the wood for you, free of charge. All you have to do is ask.

How to make a DIY wood riser:

Measure twice, cut once.

Determine the desired size and height of your DIY wood riser and cut the wood accordingly. The top (surface) of my riser is twelve inches by twenty inches. After measuring twice, I cut my four-foot board into two twenty-inch lengths.

If the top of the riser is not as thick as you’d like, consider gluing boards together to achieve the desired thickness.

I wanted the top of my wood riser to be at least an inch and a half thick. To achieve this, I used wood glue and glued together two (1 in. X 12 in. X 20 in.) boards. Once the boards were lined up evenly, I attached clamps to make the seam between the two boards as tight as possible while the glue dried.

To achieve the desired height for your riser, cut four pieces of wood that will achieve that height, these will be the “feet” of your riser. I used wood scraps for the feet of my riser, they measure 1.5″W x 1.5″H x 2.5″L making my riser (surface plus feet) just over three inches tall.


Using 220 grit sandpaper, sand the top and the feet of the riser to smooth the corners and edges.


Once you’ve sanded the top and the feet to your wood riser, use a lint-free cloth to clean any sawdust off them. Determine the location for the feet of your riser. Be sure to measure their position from the edges of your riser so they are even. Once the feet are in position, apply wood glue and clamps to ensure the feet stay secure while the glue dries.

Stain and/or seal.

With the top and the feet of the wood riser secure, it’s time to stain or seal the DIY wood riser. If you love the look of the wood you used for your riser, you don’t need to stain it though I do recommend sealing it so that it’s protected from wear and tear. I chose to stain my riser using Varathane, Golden Oak stain. It’s my favorite medium/warm wood stain. Using a clean cloth (and gloves) stain the entire riser. After allowing the stain to dry twenty-four hours, seal the riser with polyurethane or shellac.

If necessary, fill cracks/gaps with plastic wood.

Use plastic wood to fill any gaps or unwanted cracks on your DIY wood riser. By using plastic wood, I was able to make the top of my riser look like one thick plank of wood rather than two boards glued together by filling the gap between the boards.

Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Now that your DIY wood riser is complete, enjoy using it as a decor piece throughout the home or put together a beautiful charcuterie board on your riser to celebrate your successful DIY project.

However you use your DIY wood riser, I hope you enjoy it. Be proud of what you made and don’t be afraid to try another easy decor DIY… Maybe a wood farmhouse tray!?

I look forward to working on another easy DIY project with you soon. Until then, join me on Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration from the farmhouse and the farm.

Meeghan Aimone
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  • Robin Robin on Mar 11, 2022

    Would you make a tv riser the same way?

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  • Christine Ewing Christine Ewing on Mar 12, 2022

    I love how this looks. Thanks for the info on the plastic wood filler for the seams.

    • Meeghan Aimone Meeghan Aimone on Mar 12, 2022

      I'm so happy you love it, Christine! My pleasure to share. Thank you for your kind comment!

  • Mary Njus Mary Njus on Mar 27, 2022

    Great idea! I love the look. Can be used in any decor not just farmhouse. And useful in any room, kitchen for spices, bathroom for toiletries, dining table and so much more. TFS.