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Dovetailed Bonsai Pot from a Teak bathmat

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Project by Acts65Woodworks posted 09-20-2019 07:04 PM 1072 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had an old bath mat made out of teak that I stopped using 8 years ago but didn’t have the heart to throw away (woodhoarder). I finally came up with the perfect project for the wood. Bonsai pot!

I broke down the bath mat, jointed, planed, and glued it up for more than enough material. It was my first time cutting angled dovetails, which was a little tricky at first but there is plenty of helpful info online. I also used the spokeshave to make the subtle curve in front.

Afterwards, I bought an African Boxwood plant from Home Depot and hacked away.
More projects on my Instagram

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/





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Ivan

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#1 posted 09-20-2019 07:43 PM

I like that angled dovetail joint.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Acts65Woodworks

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#2 posted 09-20-2019 09:39 PM



I like that angled dovetail joint.

- Ivan


Thanks! I enjoyed learning about the process and how it turned out

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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scrapwoodworker

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#3 posted 09-20-2019 09:53 PM

Looks great! What was it like working with Teak?

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Acts65Woodworks

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#4 posted 09-20-2019 10:00 PM



Looks great! What was it like working with Teak?

- scrapwoodworker


Thanks! It was my first time working with Teak. I expected it to be really hard and dense but it was actually pleasant to work with. I’ve never worked with such an oily wood. The dust sort of just clumps together

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 09-20-2019 10:53 PM

No such thing as scrap wood, especially if it’s Teak. Nice repurpose. Those angled DTs rock it.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Acts65Woodworks

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#6 posted 09-20-2019 10:56 PM


No such thing as scrap wood, especially if it s Teak. Nice repurpose. Those angled DTs rock it.

- therealSteveN


thanks! yea, no piece of Teak is too small to use . Got to keep it all -theotherSteveN

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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scrapwoodworker

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#7 posted 09-20-2019 11:06 PM


Looks great! What was it like working with Teak?

- scrapwoodworker

Thanks! It was my first time working with Teak. I expected it to be really hard and dense but it was actually pleasant to work with. I ve never worked with such an oily wood. The dust sort of just clumps together

- Acts65Woodworks

Interesting. I like the subtle curve with the spokeshave

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Acts65Woodworks

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#8 posted 09-20-2019 11:10 PM


Looks great! What was it like working with Teak?

- scrapwoodworker

Thanks! It was my first time working with Teak. I expected it to be really hard and dense but it was actually pleasant to work with. I ve never worked with such an oily wood. The dust sort of just clumps together

- Acts65Woodworks

Interesting. I like the subtle curve with the spokeshave

- scrapwoodworker


Thanks, it was my first real project incorporating the spokeshave

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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swirt

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#9 posted 09-21-2019 01:33 AM

Nice looking work. It is a nice match to the Bonsai.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Andre

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#10 posted 09-21-2019 05:56 AM

Great job! Gives me some ideas for some of my left over Teak! Teak makes some real nice pens, especially when cut to 45 degree blanks.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Stevedore

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#11 posted 09-21-2019 11:31 AM

Very nice work, & excellent re-use of the teak! It reminds me that I have a bunch of teak pieces from some old outdoor chairs that broke, just need to find a project for them.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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Acts65Woodworks

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#12 posted 09-23-2019 09:04 PM



Nice looking work. It is a nice match to the Bonsai.

- swirt


Thanks!

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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Acts65Woodworks

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#13 posted 09-23-2019 09:04 PM



Great job! Gives me some ideas for some of my left over Teak! Teak makes some real nice pens, especially when cut to 45 degree blanks.

- Andre


Thanks! I haven’t tried it for pens before, but I still have more scraps leftover

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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Acts65Woodworks

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#14 posted 09-23-2019 09:05 PM


Very nice work, & excellent re-use of the teak! It reminds me that I have a bunch of teak pieces from some old outdoor chairs that broke, just need to find a project for them.

- Stevedore


Thanks!

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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