New Ideas, Variations and a Very Different Possibility

New Ideas: Smallish planters of various shapes

This idea originated as another use for a construction method known as “birdsmouth construction.” This technique is used to build cylindrical (think long tubes) masts and booms for small boats (although it is used for some quite large – 40′ masts). You can see why it is called “birdsmouth” from the illustration.


I have been experimenting with the technique and decided that one of my test pieces could be repurposed as a planter, specifically for a cactus. But discussions with the intended recipient lead to the idea of different shapes – octagon, triangle, square (cube), and rectangle – only one of which uses the birdsmouth technique.


And so, a line of small boxes – these could be planters or just containers for stuff (the cylinder will make a nice pencil holder) – is in the prototype development stage. Figuring out sizes, construction processes and sorting out details.

Variations: Adult Beverage Flight Tray

Browsing the internet, I saw a good idea. Thinking about it, the concept morphed into a “new and improved” variation of the Whiskey Shot Flight Tray I made this past winter.


As this new variation develops, I’ll share the process.

A Very Different Possibility

My sister contacted me about building a “chalk box” for an artist friend of hers. He is a very talented artist who does some amazing sidewalk art with chalk. The box he is using now is, apparently, on its last legs and he is looking for a replacement. We’ll get together mid-week to discuss what he wants and need. This is an exciting opportunity to improve my box or dove-tail joint skills. I’ll share the progress of this project.

Oh, yes… winter is definitely on its way out!

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