A gift for an old friend

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Project by A.Scott posted 06-01-2014 03:56 AM 3031 views 24 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple weeks ago my mother and father showed me a photo of something like this on facebook stating they would like something like this. A friend of mine who I have known my whole life who is like an older sister stated she would like to have something like this as well. Well I notice the other day that her birthday is coming up and this will be a gift to her from me and my wife.

To make the cuts, instead of measuring and marking each one I took a piece of scrap, the same width of the cedar and made it to act as a template. These pics are for a 6” clay pot and to make the marks on the template I laid the wood on my table and put the pot on it’s side. I then makedthe top and bottom of the pot with a speed square on the cedar. Now I wanted the angle (the portion that runs along the side of the pot) to end at the bottom of the pot and so after ligning this up I marked the side of the top rim of the pot. In the end the lines on the cedar looked like the side of the clay pot – Ref to the 3rd pic.

I put some double sided carpet tape on the template and put it where you see the marks on the 3rd photo. I then set up my fence on the drill press to keep all of the holes at the same distance from the side and put a sacraficial board on the back side of the cedar to prevent or lessen any damage. I used a forstner bit and only allowed the center portion to punch through the other side. I then flipped the board to finish the drilling.

I then moved the board to my scroll saw to make the cuts. Now I found out on my last board that my dremel with a round sanding bit was the same size as the hole and this allowed me to smooth out the cuts.

I didn’t take a pic of it but I did use a 1/4” roundove bit on my router to round all of the edges to give it a more pleasing look. I then used my rotary sander to smooth it all out and remove any or most of the burn marks. Then it went to sanding by hand in the small spaces.

I know the making of my templates sounds a little crude but the template is easier to make than it sounds.

The question I have is how much should I sale something like this for? This is because I have gotten several requests and I am not sure if I should say 30, 40 or more (or less)

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#1 posted 06-01-2014 04:06 AM

A novel idea, thanks for posting this.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 06-01-2014 11:42 AM

Cool idea! I have a neighbor who would love this on here deck.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 06-01-2014 09:03 PM

Very nice. I was looking at Pinterest and saw one that had the pots attacked to a post. This would be great for growing herbs for the kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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#4 posted 06-02-2014 03:28 AM

Great idea,just what I need.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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