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Picture of Geometric Planters

Sometimes an idea just comes together unexpectedly. In this case, I was looking to create a single box, not a system for creating these boxes, but found a way to make a whole series of boxes. Still, something that exists in theory or the perfect world of a 3D program doesn't always translate perfectly to reality, so it was extremely rewarding to see this work.

Be sure to check out the included video for the build process.

The primary tool in this process is a table saw. Most of the other tools could be substituted based on what you have, but I think the table saw combined with the sled we'll build is essential.

Other nice-to-have tools along the way:

Drill, brad nailer, scrollsaw, jigsaw or bandsaw for cutting the base shape, X-acto knife, sandpaper and finish.

Step 1: The Concept

Picture of The Concept
Geometric Boxes - concept2.jpg
Geometric Boxes - concept3.jpg

This system is based on hexagons, combining them along any of the edges. By using hexagons of the same size, it allows us to build all the walls by repeating the same 4 pieces.

Using this idea, we need to create a reliable way to cut 4 identical pieces again and again. I think the best option for this is a simple table saw sled, made from some scraps around the shop.

Henricus3 days ago
Amazing! I'm now building the sled to do it... Then I will attempt scaling it up to a large planter and I guess if I stick to the 1/2 inch thickness I can go with as wide board a I like, right?
geekswoodshop (author)  Henricus2 days ago
Awesome! Ya, any width board should work. Did you build Sled version 2.0? I plan to rebuild mine in that way, but regardless, good luck, would love to see how it works for ya.
It's really beautiful!!!
AbrarAshraf20 days ago
geekswoodshop (author)  AbrarAshraf19 days ago
foxuk20 days ago
Very nice. I'll be sending the link to a friend who does this sort of stuff in a local college. He's also the worst (best) scavenger I've ever met and will have half a ton of small offcuts waiting for a use.

Just wondering why you didn't cut the compound angles on a chop saw?
geekswoodshop (author)  foxuk19 days ago

Two main reasons for using a sled rather than a chop saw. Reliability and safety. Cutting these small pieces on a chop saw is certainly possible, but small parts are easier to hold, have better support and can be cut more safely on a sled and setting up the sled means it's easy to repeat those cuts in the future. For a chop saw, you'd have to set up stop blocks or other methods for the length of cut each time you change the cut, the sled means it's all done the first time and then it's ready to use immediately for any future use. Hope that makes sense. Cheers!
satkwcam20 days ago
it is amazing, you are smart and crazy, i like what you do, thank you so much
attosa21 days ago
These are beautiful! Really love them. :)
geekswoodshop (author)  attosa21 days ago
Thanks much!
Those are gorgeous and so perfect for succulents :) I'd love to make something like this to fill a whole windowsill.
geekswoodshop (author)  jessyratfink21 days ago
Thanks Jessy, would definitely make for a nice window setting