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How to build wooden vases at home
Have you ever thought about making wooden vases yourself? Wood is a natural material, aesthetically pleasing and above all easy to work with: the ideal, in short, to create a vase or a planter in a short time and economically. Let's see how. We will need a brush, a hammer, a cutter to engrave the sheath, a cordless drill, a lamp with the gas bottle inside, wrenches of various sizes, disposable gloves, iron threaded rods and a cloth for cover the surface we are going to work on. As for the wood to be used, it would be better to choose a pre-impregnated wood, but in the case of using wood that is still to be treated there will be no problems: it will be necessary, however, to consider that the duration of the product could decrease in a significant. Finally, turpentine, a sheath and water or solvent impregnating will also be required. Before proceeding, it is advisable to design the vase or wooden jars on paper, in order to check all the operations that must be performed, the measurements and the dimensions (for example by calculating the number of strips that will be needed).
Which wood to choose: the design
The best wood is that of fir or pine, but from this point of view the choice is personal and any type of material can fit. The suggestion to use pre-impregnated wood, as previously mentioned, is mainly aimed at prolonging its life.
After making all the necessary measurements, you can start by cutting the wood with a power cutter. Taking care to wear protective gloves and glasses, we get strips of the sizes we want, depending on the shape we want to give to the planter (all the same strips for a square vase, of different lengths for a rectangular vase). Afterwards, at the ends of each strip it is necessary to drill the holes into which the nuts will be inserted, using a 12-point wood drill: here will be introduced the metal threaded rods that will have the task of holding the joint structure. In the meantime, one can devote oneself to the creation of the plank, that is to say of the structure that will constitute the base of the vase. We screw on three or four boards (depending on the overall dimensions) two strips, taking into account that, once assembled, the base must be smaller than the planter, so that it can be inserted inside. The strips must be fixed to the boards with nails or screws.
Build the planter
Therefore, after having laid the base that has just been made on the ground, you can begin to build around it, positioning the strips that we have previously cut by fitting them together. Once assembled, they will have to be fixed on the base and between them: we will therefore use threaded bars slightly longer than the height of the planter, and finally we will have obtained a unique piece. The bars must be forced, once inserted, with the aid of a wad: after having been introduced in the holes made with the drill, they must emerge from both sides, so that they can be fixed with the nuts. It will be sufficient to use wrenches to tighten the nuts with force, until the wood is heard to squeak. Therefore, once the strips are blocked, it is also advisable to lock the base, fixing it in its housing by means of self-tapping screws.
Wood vases: Protect the wood: tarring and laying of an impregnating agent
The wooden vase is slowly taking shape: now it must undergo a taring operation. In particular, it is necessary to protect the base with a liquid sheath, which is necessary to prevent it from getting damaged by coming into contact with water stagnations. Then spread the sheath with a brush, which will also be used to spread on the outside of the wood primer. Inside the planter, instead, it is possible to use a waterproofing sheath. In practice, one side of the sheath must be melted using a gas lamp. While it sizzles, press the side against the surface with a spatula, repeating the operation until the entire surface is covered. It is a good idea to carry out this procedure with the utmost care and wearing particularly resistant gloves, since you come into contact with very warm material. The flame must not insist in a single point, to prevent holes from forming on the sheath. For the external part, finally, it is preferable to adopt a good impregnation, to be carried out with water-based impregnating agent of the color we prefer: it is a product capable of protecting the structure from wear and atmospheric agents. The more the color will be dark, moreover, and the more the wood will be able to withstand the sun and the weather, thus requiring limited maintenance. With a drill, last it is necessary to make some holes on the base, on the wood and on the sheath, making the sheath melt with the gas lamp.
At this point the planter is ready, and there is nothing left but to fill it with soil that is sufficiently draining that it can drain the water without problems. As can be seen, the construction of wooden vases can also be carried out at home without particular difficulties.