I want to start working on my first woodworking project: a plant stand. It's quite a large project (for being first project), but my neighbor has worked on some projects and he can help me to some extent. I sketched up the project purely based on what I want it to look like after watching a few woodworking basics YouTube videos.
It's made from 2x2, 2x4 and 2x1 and I was planning to use standard grade pine. My plan is to use pocket holes + screws for all the joints except the 2x1s; the 2x1s would be nailed on the respective base members. The total height is 6ft, the width is 48" and the depth is 16". It consists of 2 types of sub-assemblies: once base stand and multiple insert racks that just sit on the 2x4 members of the base stand and are held in place by weight of the plants + the locking 2x2 members on either ends (I would need to rotate these insert pieces to pass them through the base stand during assembly)
Here are some specific questions I have:
- How do I prevent it from tipping over? I plan on putting some heavy plants on base rack. Do I need to attach any extra wood pieces at base along 16" dimension. I do not want to attach to wall because I want to move the stand outside in summer
- The base joint where vertical 2x2 piece joins the horizontal 2x2 is weak in my view. I was thinking of adding a 2x4 cross member (see zoomed picture) that attaches to both 2x2 pieces with pocket screws. Additionally, I was thinking of using corner braces at this joint. Would that make it strong enough?
Is there any design flaw I am missing?