Your local lumber store may vary in pre-cut lumber sizes available. If they don’t have the size you need pre-cut, most hardware supply stores will cut them to your desired size. Due to the pre-cut lumber sizes found at most lumber stores, you may need to buy one 8ft long 4”x4” wooden post and one 8ft long 2”x4” wooden post and have the hardware store cut them to the specified lengths below. These will allow you to make 3 stamping posts and should cost approximately $20-$30.
(DUAL FOOT BASE)
- One 4”x4” post cut to 29” in length (single upright structure to stamp on top of)
- Two 2” x 4” posts cut to 12” in length (two stabilizing legs at the base)
- Four 2.5-3" screws
- A power drill
Position each 12” stabilizing leg at the bottom of either side of the 29” main post, making sure each stabilizing leg is parallel to the other. Secure each stabilizing leg to main post by drilling two screws into the outside of each stabilizing leg as shown in images below.
Stamping post with 2 stabilizing feet.
Drill in 2 screws to attach each stabilizing foot to the body.
(SINGLE FOOT BASE)
- One 4”x4” post cut to 27” in length (this post is slightly shorter than the post in design 1 above because in this version, the stabilizing leg is underneath the post which adds some height)
- One 2” x 4” post cut to 12” in length (single stabilizing leg at the base, underneath the post)
- Two 2.5-3" long screws
- A power drill
Slip the 12” stabilizing leg directly underneath the 27” main post, ensuring the leg is centered with the post (if not centered properly the post will wobble when in use). Secure stabilizing leg to main post by drilling two screws into the bottom of the stabilizing leg, continuing into the post.
“T” shaped post with 1 foot.
2 screws hold the foot and the body together.
USING YOUR CUSTOM MAKER STAMPING POST
Once you’ve finished building your stamping post, it will resemble an upside down letter T. Sit in a standard height chair facing your post, straddling it on both sides with your knees. Your feet should rest directly on top of the two feet (or single foot) at the base of the post. Place your metal round stamping base directly onto the top of your hand stamping post and proceed with creating your next piece!
Design 1 is more stable but harder to align all of the stabilizing legs exactly so it may wobble a bit but won’t tip over.
Design 2 is easier to make and doesn’t wobble but may tip over if bumped. It is a little lighter in weight since there is only one stabilizing foot.