Popcorn is basically its own food group in my diet. I eat way too much of it way too many times a week. So it fit perfectly when one of Jack’s brothers got us this popcorn maker for Christmas. I thought it would be fun to have it displayed in our lower level but we didn’t really have anywhere good to put it so we made our own stand. We tried to make a little more updated looking one that still had the classic popcorn stand/cart look on the front.
We first started with the wood box that the popcorn maker would sit on and that could hold the extra bags of popcorn and the other accessories. We used maple plywood for the box. The 4 sides were cut at 45 degrees on the table saw so they could join at the corners. The box is 15″ x 12″ wide and 12″ tall which is the same size as the base of the popcorn maker.
Each piece is glued and nailed together using a nail gun to secure it.
Another piece of plywood was cut at 12″ x 15″ and was attached to one of the open sides of the box. We put a 2″ frame around the other side and left it open for the door. We used Minwax wood stain in “Ebony” for the box and door.
We used a 1/4″ piece of plywood for the door. We used edge banding around the edges as well.
Jack welded the base of the stand similar to the way he did the coffee table base. We used 1 1/2″ square steel tubing. The legs were cut to 33″ high using the steel saw. The support pieces under the box and at the bottom of the stand are the same size as the box so we had to cut 4 total pieces at 9″ (+ the 1.5″ leg width on each side) and 4 total pieces at 15″.
Jack welded the base pieces together and grinded down the welds so they were smooth. The base was made to fit perfectly around the wood box so we ended up having to hammer it into place and attach the door using hinges while it was set in the base. Once it was in, it was not going to come out without ruining it so thank goodness it was already stained. It just made more work in taping off the box to spray paint the base black.
After 2 coats of black spray paint on the base, we worked on the design on the front of the box door. We printed off a design from this cart that we liked. We covered the door in tape first and then taped the popcorn design on top of that.
Then, we cut/traced the design with a knife, making sure to cut all the way through to the tape underneath. We cut along the white edges in the picture so that would be the part that got painted. After everything was cut, we removed the cut pieces of tape but left the rest covering the door and painted the stencil we had made. I did 2 coats of black paint to make sure I didn’t miss any parts before removing the tape.
Jack ended up freehanding the design on the top and bottom of the “Popcorn” because it was too intricate for us to cut out.
We put it in our basement level room with the pool table and it fits right in!
And while I was writing this post and looking for the link for the popcorn maker, I saw that it had LED lights and we didn’t even know it! SO cool.