Have you ever finished a project and immediately broke into an awkward little happy dance? Celebrating the fact that you had just finished a new technique or mastered a brand new skill?
Well, yesterday, my dance moves were a-flying after I finished making a wood planter (on wheels) using power tools. (Whoop! My first time using a jigsaw!)
Yes, I cut a wooden plank into thirds using a jigsaw. (And now I think I’m a master carpenter.)
I cut the 6 foot board into thirds and sanded down the pieces. I also used a bit of old picket fencing (left over from another project) for the ends. My initial plans were to glue the pieces together first, and then reinforce them afterwards with screws. The thing is, the wood glue held together so well that I ended up skipping the screws.
Just a simple design. I ended up setting the end pieces about an inch in from the edge for a more interesting look.
After the glue had dried, I applied the first coat of walnut stain. I used enchilada sauce cans to keep the box raised. (Only the latest, highest tech gadgetry is used around here.)
And then I sanded it well.
I taped a zig zag pattern across one of the sides of the planter and applied three layers of stain.
The stain was a polyurethane mix, so after three coats, the design was quite shiny. I then gave the whole thing one more coat of stain.
Lastly, I added casters to the bottom.
The planter ended up holding four of my succulent pots. I also think it would look great with mason jars filled with fresh flowers or art supplies. But I’m most excited about using it as a rolling condiment tray. Ketchup, mustard, salsa, napkins and silverware (in cute cups, of course).
Not bad for a little wooden box on wheels. (And yes, I do make it a habit of placing tiny toy dinosaurs among my plants,)
So what about you? Are you a powerhouse with the power tools? Or do you prefer a swift karate chop to your wood instead?