|Project by Kevin Depies||posted 03-07-2009 09:30 PM||2005 views||7 times favorited||4 comments|
I made these a few years ago, and they were my first commission. I worked for a local natural foods co-op at the time (Outpost Natural Foods, for anyone in the Milwaukee area). Among other duties, I did maintenance & repairs on the stores and equipment as well as building some fixtures, etc. A member of the co-op had seen some planters that were in front of one of the stores (different than these) and called to see who had built them and if anyone would be willing to take on their project. My boss at the time didn’t want to do it so he referred the job to me, and I was happy to take it, especially since I was allowed to use the shop at work for personal projects on my own time.
The customer had a picture of a planter that I was supposed to replicate. Apparently they had been searching for a long time for something that looked like this, but couldn’t find them in the size they needed, which is why they went for the custom work.
They’re all cedar, doweled together. The panels are just some cedar tongue & groove wall paneling, which was cheap. The rest is just cedar 4×4s. The customer wanted to do the finishing work, so all I had to do was the build and sanding. They didn’t take too long and it was a fun little project that the customer was quite happy about. I only charged $450 for both of them, including design & materials, maybe that was the part they were happiest about! Was that too cheap?