To the (Flower) Market We Go

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Project by Sam12 posted 05-18-2015 03:42 AM 1154 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Fellow Lumberjocks,
It is prime flower planting season in my neck of the woods so I wanted to show you one of my new flower planters. This is Dominick and he is hauling a load of flowers to the market. Dominick is approximately 25” tall and 46” long from the tip of his nose to the back of his cart. Dominick himself is 6” wide (8 layers of plywood) and the cart is about 20” wide. The project is made entirely from MDO plywood because I wanted to make sure that it would last for YEARS!. It is a rather expensive product but I have found that it lasts two to three times as long as other forms of exterior plywood. All I have to do is repaint the project every few years and it looks as good as new.
Dominick was ‘born’ from a Winfield Collection pattern. I modified the cart a tad bit by using a bucket to hold the flowers. The print actually calls for the cart to be open so it can be filled with dirt and planted with flowers but I knew that dirt would accelerate the deterioration of the MDO and chose not to go this route. To give you an idea of the scale of the cart, that is a 5 gallon bucket (cut a little short so it doesn’t stick out the top) holding the flowers. I planted wave Petunias in it in the hopes that by the end of summer flowers would be cascading over the edges of the cart totally covering the bucket.
Dominick was really fun to build. I got to use my bandsaw quite a bit of this one and the oscillating spindle sander even more (the sanding part wasn’t particularly fun though). This project is one of the few times when I can say that I actually enjoyed the painting process. The paint really brought him to life and gave him a lot of character. My favorite part is his eyes. The eyes look so sad that I contemplated calling him Eyeore…
Thanks for looking,

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#1 posted 05-18-2015 04:53 AM

I like it. I’ll bet you get a lot of compliments.

Great colors…......................

-- mike...............

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