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Forum topic by Furnitude posted 05-04-2015 06:39 PM 953 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2015 06:39 PM

I’m making a succulent planter and need a small metal container. It needs to be about 1.5” tall, 2” wide and 6-8” long. I prefer stainless steel but other metal or even plastic would be acceptable. Any ideas on where to find something like this? Thanks

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#1 posted 05-04-2015 07:56 PM

Look for a drywall mud pan.

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#2 posted 05-04-2015 08:22 PM

Maybe a restaurant supply place???

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#3 posted 05-04-2015 09:00 PM

Ding, Ding, Ding! Bondo has it.

HD or Lowes, only a few bucks

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#4 posted 05-04-2015 09:07 PM

A little too big but I like your thinking. Thanks! will also look at the restaurant idea. Any other suggestions?

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#5 posted 05-04-2015 10:46 PM

This is the type of thing I take for granted when needed working as a sheet metal worker. I suggest making it yourself. See if anyone you know has any leftover flashing material used in flashing exterior windows. A local roofing company may sell you a small piece or buying some aluminum at a Lowes or Home Depot. It would be relatively easy with a pair of 6” hand tongs at Harbor Freight for about $15 , maybe even less with a coupon. I suggest aluminum only because S.S. is really hard and a pain to get a good break with hand tools. If it needs to be water tight it can be caulked or sealed with gutter seal. If you go this route and have any questions feel free to send me a personal message.

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#6 posted 05-04-2015 11:42 PM

Look in a dollar store or Walkmart for a stainless steel covered butter dish (use the cover). Might be about the right size.

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#7 posted 05-04-2015 11:44 PM

Try pvc drain pipe.

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#8 posted 05-05-2015 01:46 AM

Very old fashoned ice cube trays.

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#9 posted 05-05-2015 02:11 AM

Recycle any polyurethane cans, solvent cans, etc… or buy some new and cut to make your troughs. I made several years ago for some people. and used these as troughs and rolled the edge over the best I could with a large spike as a form.

I also used olive oil cans and just made a false bottom out of cedar. These succulent set ups aren’t usually all that finicky as they usually boil down to just keeping cuttings in them as once they start to take off they take over small planters. I have a few that we just do in heavy dog dishes and just leave out all winter and they spring back with no problems.

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#10 posted 05-05-2015 11:15 AM

Look at food storage containers at Dollar Store or WallyWorld

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#11 posted 05-05-2015 06:20 PM

Any sheet metal shop could whip one up for a few dollars.

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