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Great build!To stir the inside of a jar, can or container like that, take a dowel and notch the end about half an inch in. This will allow you add in a cut popsicle stick into the cut. Now, you chuck it into your drill and use it as a stirring propeller.
Brick walls are not designed to take horizontal forces either. There are many horror storries of hammock and brick structures.
Where do you find paduak pallets!? Lucky you man!