Introduction: Cedar Succulent Planter
Make this lovely succulent planter out of 3x3 cedar plank.
Step 1: Cut Your Stock to Length
I had 1000mm (40'') long piece of 3x3 cedar so I cut in in half to make two of these.
You can make it any length you need/like.
Preferably use rot resistant wood for this project.
If you can't find or buy it you can do this project with any wood, even a driftwood would be great.
Step 2: Drill Planting Holes
Find the middle of your piece and drill a 2'' (50mm) hole but NOT all the way through!
If your drill has speed control set it on the lowest setting (highest torque) and hold the drill securely.
I used 2'' Forstner bit but you can use any type of bit that will give you this hole diameter.
Please, use safety glasses/googles!
PS. This drilling will make a lot of chips :)
Step 3: Drainage Holes
Use 1/4'' (6mm) drill bit to drill the drainage holes.
The hole goes through, please see the images.
Step 4: Plane & Sand
Use a hand plane to take off the sharp corners and then sand with 120 and 220 grit sandpaper.
Step 5: Sign Your Project
I sign my work with ink transfer onto wood.
I use laser printed mirror image of my design and pass it
with thinner onto the wood (it is very easy but takes a bit of practice).
Try it first with something you have laser printed on a normal paper (gloss and ink-jet print won't work).
Step 6: Finish It
I used beeswax-oil finish but you can use any finish you like.
I recommend using non-glossy finishes as they ruin the natural beauty of the wood.
Then again, if you like the sparkle and bling - all the power to you!
Step 7: Plant It!
Use any type of plants to plant your planter (that is a lot of word plant in one sentence).
I like succulents because they are very resistant plants and don't need much water (good for the wood) and confess it, they look beautiful.
Step 8: Enjoy It!
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