Krenov-Inspired Display Stand

Marc Spagnuolo

James Krenov (1920–2009) is a renowned furniture maker who influenced countless modern woodworkers with his woodworking and writing. Krenov is perhaps best known for his amazing cabinets, typically held aloft by a set of beautiful long sweeping legs. Our friend and fellow woodworker Tom Buhl built his own version of a Krenov-inspired display stand and let us use his design as a starting point. While not truly a Krenov piece, it will serve as an excellent entry point into the world of decorative cabinet-making. The stand measures 58" tall x 17" wide x 11" deep.

  • 15 lessons
  • 185 min
  • $80.00

What You’ll Receive:

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build, from wood selection to finishing.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Short and long curved templates
  • Cutting & finessing long compound curved legs
  • Router-cut loose mortise & tenon joinery
  • Drawer construction with dovetails and centered drawer guide
  • Dovetail case construction
  • Notched shelf installation
  • Wiping varnish finish application

What You’ll Need:

  • Tablesaw (alternatives: Circular Saw, Bandsaw, Hand Saw)
  • Planer/Jointer (alternative: purchase pre-milled lumber kits or use hand planes)
  • Bandsaw (alternative: Jigsaw)
  • Router
  • Miter Saw (alternative: Cross-cut Sled or Miter Gauge at Table Saw)
  • Hand Tools – Saw, basic bench plane, chisels, scrapers


An enjoyable build

I’ll admit that I really disliked this piece at first glance, but over time it grew on me. With more than a few builds under my belt, I wouldn’t describe this one as especially challenging, but the 12/4 lumber threw me a few curveballs which kept things interesting. Anyway, as I’ve come to expect, Marc’s expert instruction didn’t disappoint and the videos covered every last detail so even a relative newbie should be able to achieve a great result.

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About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of Hybrid Woodworking and Essential Joinery. He has contributed articles and video content to, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also one of the hosts of the Wood Talk podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as at various Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.