3 Tier Server

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I had an incredible dream sometime last spring.  One of those dreams that move you.

A DIY project dream!

I have no idea where or how I dreamed DIY.  Usually I can’t sleep and to try to fall back to sleep I start designing or decorating in my mind.

Then in the morning…

I can’t remember that great design or decorating idea. 😕

Last spring, I woke up and immediately scribbled out the project in my dream.  Almost a year later I got it done…sorta!!

3 Tier Server

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Above is a photo of the scribbles.  In the dream the project was 3 different thrift store coffee tables.  The plan was to keep one table as is. {except for painting}  Then remove one leg from the second table and add a longer spindle leg.  That table would set on top of the first table with the one long leg sitting on the floor.  Then remove two legs from the third table.  One leg would be replaced with a longer spindle that would sit on the first table.  The other leg would be the longest and sit on the floor.

When finished it would be three different surfaces at least 40 inches high.  A fun quirky piece for a corner to display photos or whatever.

3 Tiered Stand Pieces | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

This is not exactly what I made!  But the idea is the same.  We have a construction site across the street with piles of scrap wood.  We made friends with the crew…and they let us go through the pile.  Win win because otherwise the scraps were going to the landfill or burned.  I grab the ends from the stairs stringer.  That’s the zig zag piece along the sides.  Now what to make???

I found a chair from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore that had been repaired too many times.  Still wobbled…even with those great spindles!

Then I remembered my scribbles from my dream…

3 Tier Server with Spindle Legs | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

and I made this 3 tier server.

It’s not the tables from my dream but the idea is the same.

Spindles for 3 Tier Server | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

I removed the spindles and sanded.  I liked the look of the sanded spindles so I didn’t paint.

3 Tier Server Spindle Feet | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

I cut up 12 little spindle “feet” 2 1/4 inches long.  Since this project is smaller than the tables I decided I want the pieces to display differently.

Different Spindle Feet | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

I cut the stringer boards to rectangle.  Note:  I kept the triangle pieces that were cut away for another project to be shared soon.

Since I’m adding more Farmhouse style to our kitchen, I aged the wood using tea and “ironed” vinegar.

I glued four 2 /14 inch spindle feet to  the largest board.  The middle board had three 2 /14 inch spindle feet glue to it.  Then the smallest board only had two glued in place.

I clamped everything and went to bed.

DIY 3 Tier Server | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

No DIY dreams that night.  Not much sleep either.  And I woke up to this!  Clamps everywhere.  Make note of the 11 inch spindle clamped to the block of wood on the right side.  I clamped it upright so I could drill a hole and add a dowel pin.  You can read more about how to used dowel pins here.

Spindle Legs | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

I cut 3 longer spindles for the longer legs.  Above is the 11 inch, 6 1/2 inch and 5 inch along with the three 2 1/4 inch legs that were not glued in place last night.  Each one has a dowel pin glue in top.

One the middle and small board I drilled a matching hole for the dowel pins.  This way I can use the 3 tier server as the photo above or….

3 Tier Serving Stand | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

Switch out the dowels like in my dream.

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Display items for 3 Tier Server | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

Next I wanted to take several photos of the 3 tier server in use.  I envision using it for buffets and serving desserts.  We’re not having a buffet or eating desserts for a while.  I did have a few flowers bought at the grocery store.  I decided to use the flowers and whatever I could find in the fridge.

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I grabbed things in the colors of the flowers and the wood.  So….if you ever came over for a buffet or dessert…

3 Tier Server DIY | Country Design Style | countrydesignstyle.com

I promise I would do better than serving cabbage, cauliflower, oranges and garlic!

Someday I still may make this using coffee tables.

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  1. I love it😍 I haven’t seen anything like it and I’m going to make one! Awesome idea! I have bought many bowls, enamel stoneware glass etc and the guy that does my wood cutting for me keeps shying away…now wood he can do and well! Ive got some spindle legs around so it’s moving to front of my “wish” list..”.thank you for sharing, Kim

  2. I’m a new DIY’r so sorry for not knowing but why would you add the wax? What is the effect? To make it look aged or shiny?

    1. Hi, Shannon, no worries, I love answering questions and helping. Wax is for protection and/or to add shine. Not all projects require wax but it will help finishes last longer. Over time wax can be reapplied.

  3. Now that is one sweet buffet table server and I bet a conversation piece at the party too! I like the way your mind works Jeanette and apparently it doesn’t stop working while you sleep either.

    1. Thank you Vanessa. It will get lots of use around here. Can’t wait to cover it with desserts! 🙂

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