Katie, Addicted 2 DIY – Rustic Step Stool / Jaime, That’s My Letter – Bench
Amy, Her Toolbelt – Kids Step Stool / Elisha, Pneumatic Addict Furniture – Modern 3-Leg End Table
Sandra, Sawdust Girl – Three Tiered Display Shelf / Brittany, Pretty Handy Girl – Cubby Storage Box
Karah, the space between – Wood Shelves / Brad, Fix This Build That – Kids Bookshelf
Jenn, Build-Basic – Round Mirror / Mindi, My Love 2 Create – Floating Nightstand
Jen, The House of Wood – Folding Lap Desk / Bethany, Sawdust & Embryos – Geometric Art
Kim, The Kim Six Fix – Flower Box / Sarah, The Ugly Duckling House – Modern Step Stool
Jessica, Decor Adventures – Hexagon Plant Stand / Emily, Merrypad – Floating Corner Shelf
Consider yourself warned, this was not my finest hour.
The whole process was backwards and messy. I was in an alternate universe or something, trying to reinvent the wheel. It was downright wrong.
This One Board Challenge had my number, and like a fool, I didn’t screen my calls.
Flashback to earlier this week…
When someone brings up a One Board Challenge , you’d jump at the opportunity, right?
Well, I did. I think I clapped out loud and said to myself: “I’ve got this”.
I thought it would be easy because, one board.
Besides, I have done stuff, you know- stuff involving only one single board. How hard could it be?
Well let me tell you that one, measly, 1 x 1 x 8′ board got the best of me. It put me through the ringer. It chewed me up, spit me out, and stole my lunch money too. Plus, I cried more than once. For 2.5 days my inner dialogue was a constant mental whine to my dad, begging him to give me a clue from the other side. I needed him to help me figure out the complicated design I had settled on for this challenge. (It involved a lot of compound miter cuts, cringe.)
Needless to say, the end result is actually a fraction of an 8′ board, because the rest of it ended up like this:
Yep, that’s what came of most of my project board as well as two 8′ practice ones. And yep, that’s what a compound miter cut can do to a person. Especially one who goes into the compound miter world all willy nilly, confident and stuff.
Now let me take you back to the beginning, when I had my 8′ poplar board in one piece.
It actually looks like three skinny strips joined to make an 8′ wide board. Hmm anyway, there’s my feet.
Moving on, after I cut two 8′ practice boards to unusable pieces, I decided to do the same to my project board… that I paid $25 for.
When I started making these cuts, I thought I could figure it out as I went. Even AFTER I cut up two practice boards with no success, I still had hope. Stupid hope. I’m too embarrassed to type my idea out loud, but it was going to be a geometric thingy. Foolish me.
I took lots of pictures- of what, I’m not sure. I kept thinking my ever-morphing design would settle down in one place, but true to form my overthinking made it impossible and I just kept cutting, and trying to assemble it into something.
I decided to stop after I had only 2.5 feet of board left. (So smart of me to wait until it was almost GONE. So smart.)
It was at this precise moment that I decided to admit defeat and build a planter.
I ripped the remaining section at a beveled angle.
To secure the seam on the inside, I glued the thin scrap that was leftover from the bevel cut.
Next, I used two scraps for the planter’s ends.
I used my edge sander to take off some extra overhang.
I also evened things up this way:
I drilled some small holes along the bottom for drainage, and then got worried. I’m not a plant person.
I was nervous about finding anything tiny enough to fit in this tiny planter. Luckily, I came across these tiny cacti.
And that my friends, is how this planter came to be. It’s not at all what I set out to make in the beginning. It’s far less cool than my original plan, and nowhere near 8 foot of anything in this 8 foot board challenge. One day, I will know what the point of all this was but for now, I’m still kind of bummed out. I want my 2.5 days of wasted “try hard” back.
Oh well, it could be worse. The little cacti have a home now, so there’s that.
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