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Wingnut's Journal: Tree Trunk Planter

  • Member: Wingnut
  • Journal: Default
  • Category: Gardening Projects
  • Status: Unknown

Initial Notes:

I LOVE my tree trunk planter!!!!! It may not last more than a few years ~ oak will rot much quicker than, say, cedar, but it's hard to find cedars this big around here. I might coat the inside and bottom of the next one with marine varnish to make it last longer.

Caution: The log Kenny used was rotten and soft in the middle, so if you want to make one of these, find a rotten log. He'd tried to hollow out a solid one, but the saw kept kicking back REEEEAL bad, so he quit. This is a man who cuts firewood for a living and whose cedar-chopper father put a chainsaw in his hand when he was born. If he won't do it, I wouldn't if I were you. He said he might try it again with a smaller saw, but if it kicks as much we'll just have to find another way to make another planter.

Entries and Updates

  Apr 19, 2002  
Beginning to cut out the middle.

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  Apr 19, 2002  
Picking out the loose pieces.

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  Apr 19, 2002  
Making it deeper...

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  Apr 19, 2002  
...and rounding out the edges.

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  Apr 19, 2002  
Picking out the pieces again. Kenny had dug so deep in the log that he'd passed the rotten part and hit solid wood, so had to use the breaker bar to chip those cut pieces loose from their bases.

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  Apr 19, 2002  
View of the inside. The oak was very hard and the saw kept kicking, so I told Kenny that was plenty good enough. The potting soil and plants will cover the rest of the saw marks and rough edges.

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  Apr 19, 2002  
Backside of planter.

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  Apr 19, 2002  
Side view.

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  Apr 19, 2002  
Front view amongst the other pots. I think this is now my favorite planter!

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