Planters from Scrap Wood & Steel

Planters from Scrap Wood & Steel


As you can see we have a wealth of scrap
wood at Chemical 14, neatly organized into this disaster When we bought the building about ten
years ago we had to do some pretty major structural work due to termite activity
and as a result we ended up with a lot of old growth heart pine. This is what
the studs looked like in our building, kind of rough-cut two by fours. It’s some
really nice wood when you plane it down so I’ve been trying to come up with
small projects so we can get a little bit of value out of some of this.
So this mess you’re looking at is my repousse bowl. it’s a metal forming
process and basically this is a steel hemisphere full of organic pitch that’s
sitting in a wooden triangle. The only reason I’m showing you this is because I
kind of like it as a design element so we decided we would do something kind of
similar and make some little planters. This is just a mock-up that I did with
some scrap wood. Obviously it’s not complete we were just testing out some
different processes and fastening methods. We notched out and fit together
and pinned together with a wooden peg and then we used a router to kind of
dish out the inside so that the bowl would sit in it a little bit farther.
While we were building this mock-up we also created these jigs which are going
to help us make this into basically a more easily repeatable process. You’ll
see us using these in a minute and it’ll become clear what they’re for

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