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We'll be making a planter with a funny twist, because houseplants don't have to be boring. This Instructable is an entry to the Remix Contest, because I got inspired by the shampoo bottle monster pencil holder from Bianca Barreto:

Mine is made from wood instead of a shampoo bottle. It's made mostly with hand tools, with the exception of an electrical jigsaw (see further). I'd like to point out that although the body of the monster is round, there is no lathe required. The process for making it is somewhat similar to coopering, the long lost art of making wooden barrels for wine, beer and other spirits. For the main body of our planter, I chose oak. Mainly because I had it at hand but also because it's quite durable, which means it doesn't rot easily. Of course, any other durable hardwood would do fine too. You could even get away with softwood if you meticulously coat the inside with a waterproof finish.

If you're new to hand tool woodworking, I suggest you take a peek at the YouTube channel of Paul Sellers. There you will find everything there is to learn: planing, sawing, chiseling etc. For this Instructable, I'll assume you already have some basic knowledge. Feel free to ask me anything in the comments. About this project, of course :-)

Without further ado, let's get building!

Step 1: Dimensioning Your Lumber

Picture of Dimensioning Your Lumber

As I mentioned earlier, I had some oak strips available (pic 1). These will become the so-called staves of the barrel. They are 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick and a little over 5 cm (2 inch) wide. This thickness might seem a bit excessive, but later on we'll shape the body and we need to remove a lot of wood without the body getting too thin and fragile. Using a crosscut saw (pic 2), all pieces are cut to 30 cm (almost 12 inch). This resulted in the stack you see in pic 3. After taking a good look at it, I decided to cut them all in half using a rip saw (pic 4). This will make it a lot easier to approximate a cylinder, since the facets will be narrower and will require less shaping to get a round object.

Next, plane all the inside and outside faces of the staves (pic 5) and choose how they will go together (pic 6). Mark them with a triangle to establish their order. Try to pay attention to grain direction. Now we're ready to join them into a barrel shape.

This planter turned out so great and I agree that your plant choice is perfect for it :D
BossyRangs (author)  Penolopy Bulnick5 months ago
Thanks, Penolopy!
jessyratfink5 months ago
What a great container for a spider plant :D
BossyRangs (author)  jessyratfink5 months ago
Thanks! I'm glad you like it :D