Wood, wood and more wood! I am surrounded by off-cuts, angle cuts, circular cuts, random lengths, shapes and sizes. It is amazing the amount of scraps a person can accumulate, so it is time to start using it. Some of it will be smaller projects. I want to dabble in carving wooden spoons, gluing pieces together for coasters or cutting boards, just creating with the scrap pieces of my other creative outlets.
I decided to start with some of the larger pieces. I promise this will be my last post about a planter for a while! I had one more need, which was a smaller planter by our back steps for some herbs to grow. I decided to see what I had to make the planter, and I found a bunch of cuts from the air-conditioner planter that were all similar in size. I wanted it to fit across the cement pad, so I had to get creative to get the length I needed. I did a little playing with dry-fitting it together, clamping and moving, flipping and turning pieces to get it to what I wanted. Once I had the general idea it was time to start putting it together.
I gave all the boards a quick stain on the sides that I thought would be the best outer facing side. A lot of these pieces I had cut off purposely due to imperfections, knots, twists, etc. I decided to only stain the side that would be on the outside so that I would be able to remember how it needed to go together.
I pulled out one of my favourite tools for this type of work, my handy little Kreg Jig. It is a convenient little tool, but for this project, it was the most key piece of equipment I could use. See, the wood that I was using was all warped. Not a little, a lot warped. I figured if the planter ended up this sad, little twisted box, it would still be in the yard, serving its purpose of planting my herbs. Maybe I would just have to have 4 different sized legs on it to get it to sit flat! I put a lot of pocket holes to suck all the boards together in a somewhat uniform manner.