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Project by johnhutchinson posted 12-17-2013 04:08 PM 1580 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This fall, I was looking for something to hang in my kitchen window to provide a little green through the winter. When I went to the local garden center, I spotted an air plant that looked exactly like an octopus and decided that I’d give it (her) a good home. I used the same hoop-and-dowel technique that I used for my Lamp Called Wanda and came up with the OctoPlanter.

Arial seems to be happy. :)

The owner of the garden center liked it and asked me to make 10. Rather than drilling hundreds of holes, and cutting miles of lines on my scroll saw, I emailed the CAD file to a pal with a laser and he knocked them out in an hour. Another good friend to have!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#1 posted 12-17-2013 04:48 PM

very cool. I would think that they would sell.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-17-2013 05:14 PM

The moral of the story, never stop pursuing your ideas. Great design and build John.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 12-17-2013 05:21 PM

Wow, this is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 12-17-2013 05:36 PM

Thanks, guys. They sold all ten in a week! I’m going to “chia” mine with some tiny airplants.

Just remembered that Arial needs watering. I submerge the plant ONLY in the kitchen sink. I used white appliance spray epoxy for the finish, but I’m not quite ready to test the waters. :)

Link to the product …

It says for use on metal, but it worked just fine over 1/8” Baltic birch plywood.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#5 posted 12-17-2013 05:38 PM

Cool build.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 12-17-2013 05:44 PM

I’ll join everyone else and observe: Cool build, neat design and a very attractive project! This project (along with other recent posts) makes me wonder how long it will be before a laser machine becomes part of the wood working shop.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 12-17-2013 07:15 PM

John C. —Lasers are just dumb tools waiting for someone to tell them what to do. They’re something like my CAD software. People look at my CAD drawings and comment … “Cool, but can you draw by hand?” I always reply … “What do you think I used for this one? My foot?” :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#8 posted 12-17-2013 09:47 PM

Unless you design AND build, you don’t understand it. Its like having kids, if you don’t have any, you really cant discuss them rationally. Your design looks great.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#9 posted 12-17-2013 10:34 PM

Well put, Diwayne! In my 40+ year career as an architect, the best architects that I’ve worked with are guys who also work with their hands. The scale of the parts is different, but the concept is the same.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#10 posted 12-18-2013 08:20 AM

very cool. My wife would love something like this!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#11 posted 12-20-2013 05:27 PM

Totally cool build, the design is clever and fantastic. The aerial plants will love it. Superb work!

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