Rock Maple Pot Maker

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Project by scottb posted 2104 days ago 5637 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Paper pot maker for starting seedlings. A great gift for any avid gardener. Why buy flats and single use seed starting pots from (non-renewable) peat when you can make hundreds of them out of yesterdays newspaper for free?! – especially when you use leftover scraps of other projects to make one! – yet another cousin of my Pub table)

Just wrap a strip of newspaper around the base, fold, crimp, fill and plant. Start your seeds indoors and you just transplant the entire paper pot to the garden, they won’t start to biodegrade until they are planted in terra firma. You may have seen these in a catalog or online, mine however has a slight taper rather than straight sides to make for easier removal and speedier production.

Beautiful and functional, made out of rock maple (the top is laminated from 3 pieces of 4/4) ... so despite the desire to put it up on a shelf, it is made to be used. The top is about 4 inches tall, 2 1/4 diameter. The base is just under 1” thick, approx 2 1/2+ diameter.

(The folks at Seeds of Change claim to have made over 100 paper pots in an hour with one of these. It probably took me about a minute to make the three pictured.) Sanded smooth and finished (buffed) with bowling alley floor wax – I may reapply as/if neccessary – or let it develop a nice patina with use. Either way this is sure to provide a nice starting bed for many decades worth of seedlings. (All future GardenTenders posts! I’m so ready to get my garden going again.)

This is Mark 2 of the project that launched 1000 bowls! (ok, I rounded up from three, but there will be more!) The base was my first successful attempt at faceplate turning. Mark 1 (as mentioned in this post) took all afternoon to figure out, this puppy took an hour or so.

This is the 17th item in my 30 day project/challenge
& auction.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 2104 days ago

Great idea, Scott. It turned out well also. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 2103 days ago

Thank you for posting this. Now i know what to give mom for cristmas

-- Johan, South Africa, /

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#3 posted 2103 days ago

Great job Scott. They look mated.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 2103 days ago

excellent idea!! oh great Christmas present for the avid and not so avid gardeners :0

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 2103 days ago

Well, isn’t that cool. Thanks!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 2103 days ago

Very useful tool Scott great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 2103 days ago

Nice. There’s a rock, paper, scissors joke in there somewhere….. Have you used paper pots before?
What’s the dimensions? Thanks!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#8 posted 2103 days ago

That’s pretty cool. That would be fun to make. We sell them on our website and yours looks just as good as the ones we sell. newspaper pot maker

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#9 posted 2103 days ago

Thanks all.

Yeah, Rob you don’t need scissors if you tear the newspaper lengthwise, it rips nice and straight with the grain.

just updated to add the dimensions.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 1934 days ago

What a great idea. You should post this over at Gardentenders as well, if you have not already. My wife uses the purchased seed starting pots you mention. I don’t do turning so I will need to buy her one, do you sell them? If not, I can find one on the other website posted.



-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA

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#11 posted 1934 days ago

Thanks Todd. I have sold these… well one. anyhow.

P.M. on the way.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 1927 days ago

Great Idea well done

-- Custom furniture

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