Welcome to make something
with me. David Picciuto. And today I'm going to show you
how to make segmented plant pots, one with a lathe and one without a lathe. Today's video is brought
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hope everyone is doing okay. You might recall a few weeks ago we made
this little corner desk in my shop and I have these two potted
plants here on the desk.
Those plants need to be repotted
into something a little bit bigger. So I thought I would use up some
scraps to make some segmented pots. And we're going to do it two ways. We're going to do one with the lathe and
one without the lathe. In Woodworking. There's always, always, always
more than one way to do something. We're going to use up some scraps that
I already have so I don't even need to leave the house. So let's go through
the closet and see what we have.
This is my storage closet here and there's
a bunch of mahogany and I think we're going to use that for the
main part of the planters. And then over here I think we have some other woods that we
can use for some contrasting pieces. So for your first thing we need to do
is just get up some wood that I think is going to work and we'll
start cutting it up.
So I found what I think
is enough of the mahogany. This would be a lot easier if this
was already three quarter inch thick, but it's not. I'm just
using what I have here. So I am going to rip everything
by three quarters of an inch, by 1 – 3/16". I have all of my pieces cut. I even found some hickory to use as accent pieces. It is three quarters of an inch thick
and one and three sixteenths inches wide. How did I come up with those numbers?
Well the three quarter inch thick, that's going to be the height of each
layer and the one and three sixteenths inches wide.
That comes from this great website called
blocklayer.com it is a free website and it's going to do all of
the calculations for you. So I know that I want 12 segments per
layer and the ring outside radius is going to be three inches, which is going to give us a six inch
diameter and then the thickness of the piece, we'll leave it at three quarters
of an inch and then the margin, inner and margin outer, that's going to give us a
little bit of room to play with. We'll set that to three
sixteenths and three sixteenths. I know I need to cut pieces that are
one and three sixteenths inches wide. The length of each piece, the inside measurement is
going to be one and one 16th. Don't worry about those crazy
fractions, round up or down. To make it easier on yourself. The outside diameter doesn't
need to be exactly six inches.
This is one of my favorite new tools in
the shop. This is a digital protractor. For a 12 segment layer. We need to find an angle of 75 degrees. So we're going to take our
digital protractor and we're
going to zero it out at zero of course. And then we're going to move
this until it gets to 75 degrees. And then we'll lock that down tight. And so I can use that to set my
miter gauge on the table saw. This is the miter gauge that came with
my saw and I've got a board screwed on the front here and I can
take my protractor and just
set that up against the blade and then lock that down. So now you can take any one of your pieces
and just run that through the blade. I'm gonna let that stop. And then we can use this as
the stop on our fence here.
I know that this bottom length of the
segment is supposed to be one and one 16th according to blocklayer.com. So from that kerf on our fence, I can measure over one and
one 16th and make a mark. Now I can take that piece that we
just cut off and use that as a stop. So you can clamp it to your fence or
even glue it on there if this is a sacrificial fence.
So now it's
time to make all of our segments. You'll go ahead and make that first
cut and then you flip it over, you butt it up against the
stop and make another cut. And then you flip between each cut. Be sure to push past the blade so the
loose pieces don't hit the blade and come back and fly and smack your face and
do all kinds of stupid dangerous stuff. And then when you get down
to the last couple pieces, you might want to use
a pencil with an eraser on there, the hold it down
to keep your hands and say, All right, so now it is time
to glue up these segments. I've already done a couple and I
know that my angles aren't perfect, so I'm just going to take off the edge
just a little bit by rubbing it on the sandpaper here.
On like two or three of
them. That should be good. And then we'll just add glue
to one side of all of them. Rub that in and we'll start piecing it
together and we're just going to clamp them together with some
rubber bands. Simple as that. You don't need a lot of clamping
pressure, just enough to hold it together. The strength of this is going to be in
the layers, not the individual pieces, so I'm not worried too much
about clamping pressure just yet. Flip it over looking good, so
once all of your rings are dry, you need to sand a flat face. I have some adhesive back sand paper on
this piece of plywood where I can do one of these numbers.
You don't have
adheasive backed sand paper. You can just take regular sand paper and
use some straight haces or some glue. Not all of them, but a few of them. I'm going to resaw in half
over here at the bandsaw. That's just going to give me a little
bit more options with patterns. and just playing with different designs.
When it comes time to glue it up, I have what I think is
going to be my pattern. This one we're going to glue
up and turn on the lathe. This is the non-lathe one, so we're
going to set that aside for now. When you glue this up, you want to alternate the seams
and so sort of like a little, a little brick pattern. Like so. I also went ahead and cut this big
chunk of mahogany over at the bandsaw. This is going to be the bottom. It
definitely doesn't need to be this thick. It's just what I had on hand.
Too much glue is not enough. No.
I'm just going to
clamp this to the bunch. Throw any old piece of wood on top of
there to give me some even clamping pressure. For this one that we're
not going to glue on the Laith. I'm going to go up only two pieces
at a time and not the whole assembly. This will make a little bit
more sense here in a bit. Got the sections glued up here. I'm just going to stack them for now. Through a board on top of
that and then a weight, concrete weight that I made and we'll let that one dry with no clamps. So now we've got this guy chucked up on
the lathe. We're going to square it up. We're going to round it
up round. We're going to, we're going to turn it into a circle. We're going to lathe it We are all done over on the lathe and I
even made this little plate here because eventually we're going to waterproof
the inside and create some drainage on there and it's going to need
the thing to drain out onto.
So we're going to set this aside
and we're going to work on this one. This is the non-lathe one and this is how this is going to work. We're going to draw in our inner circle
and our outer circle and then we're going to sand away the inner
circle with the spindle sander. Or if you have one of those
spindle drums for your drill press, you can do it that way and then the
outside diameter will cut on the bandsaw. We'll get everything nice and close
and then we'll glue these guys up. I'm not real worried about the inside
because it's going to be filled with dirt. It is a plant. After all, but
once we get this all glued up, we can sand on the outside, all nice and beautiful and then also
create this little profile that we have down here on the bottom. I
made a circle template here. You could do this on the bandsaw or if
you have a paint can or anything that's the right size and now we'll draw our outer circle.
And c that out on the bandsaw. No, we have all the rings cut. I went ahead and cut a bottom for the
bottom and we're just going to glue it up and try to line it up as best as possible. So now it's time to make this
bottom dish for the non relayed one. So I've got a piece of mahogany here and
then I cut out a template here that I'm going to use with the router. Now
you can do this with a jigsaw. You can even do this with the bandsaw. You would have to do it in two halves
and then glue it back together. So I'm just going to clamp this on here. I've got a bit in my router that has a
bearing on there that's going to ride along the template. Check that out. so the next thing we need to do and the outside, I'm not going to worry too much about
the inside because that's going to be waterproofed and then it's
going to be filled with dirt.
So don't care about the inside,
only care about the outside. It's going to be a lot of work,
but you gotta do what you gotta do. So let's get into it.
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you. I appreciate all of you watching. Lets finish these guys up.
We are all done sanding. I went over to the router and I routed
a little round over on the bottom of the dish and the plant pot and so now we're
going to waterproof the inside and I'm using some Total Boat epoxy for
that and so what I'm going to do, I'm just going to brush it on the
inside here and on the dish as well.
Don't worry, we'll do
the drain holes later. I wanted to get the epoxy in here without
it draining through the drain holes, so we'll then drill the drain holes
and then fill in the drill part. The holes will, we'll take care
of it. We will take care of it. It's going to be okay if the epoxy settles
on the bottom and creates a thicker layer in the bottom because
if you're watering a plant, that's where the water is going
After the epoxy dried, I drilled some drain holes along the
bottom and then coded those drain holes with more epoxy and then added some
wax to the outside and repotted them. There they are. They look fantastic. One with the lathe and one without the
lathe and they just sit on these little dishes here, but look at this.
That came out really, really good. This one is with the lathe I can tell because there's a little lip
on there and then this is the one with out the lathe and no,
no little lip on there. All the tools and stuff that I
used, there'll be linked down below. Somebody out there is already typing on
their keyboard angrily that I repotted them wrong or this isn't the right light
or I did this or that's the incorrect way. Stop it. We don't
need that right now. We don't care that you worked
in the garden department
for Kmart for five years.
They're going to be fine, they're
going to be just fine. Okay. So the point of this was, well, the point, the actual point was to beautify this
desk a little bit back here, but the, the secondary point was to show that
there are many ways to do something in woodworking. You have, if you have a
lathe, that's the easier way to go. If you don't have a lathe, you can
still do segmented turnings. Uh, we just call them segmented
sandings. So, uh, that is it, that raps, Oh, check this out. My
brother made this, this little, it's real dusty. Um, but my brother turned this ball on the
lathe and then made this little colored epoxy top and this little live edge base.
That is super cool. Maybe I should take a cue
from my brother and, uh, make a video on this. Thanks. Thanks Dan. There's two Dan's in my life. There's camera Dan who is not
allowed over here right now. Uh, Dan, I miss you. I really do.
And then my brother Dan. Ah, yeah. Camera Dan. It just
makes life so much easier. Filming woodworking projects, increases the time it takes to make
the projects probably by four times the amount. And so when Dan's here, I don't have to worry about camera
and set up and things are in frame. He just does it all for me. So it's definitely easier and quicker
when Dan is here and I missed that. And plus I appreciate his
artistic input into the projects, the way they're filmed
and, and all that. But, uh, well we'll get back to
normal eventually. And uh, I hope everybody is doing okay.
It's just everybody's just, it's a weird time.
It's just nobody, it's weird. Everything is weird.
So, uh, I hope you enjoy that video. We'll be back eventually. Maybe tomorrow
we'll make another video. I don't know. I don't, I don't know.
Everything is weird. So, I hope you're healthy. I
hope you're doing well. I hope your family is doing well. I have, it's weird. as always, be safe, have fun,
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