I decided that instead of building a box with that particular piece of wood I was going to build a bird feeder/planter combo. Now everyday when I step outside I can see the wings of God's little angels perched upon that beautiful piece of purpleheart wood. I can imagine them flying back up to heaven to tell my babies that Daddy still loves them and misses them. Much better than a box.
I started the project with the sides of the feeder. I cut one to the dimension I liked and them traced the pattern to the other.
After that I ripped some pieces for the front and back the same size as the thicker end of the sides.
These were nailed and glued.
Then I cut and glued the planter part of the feeder. You can see it below in the clamps. This part will sit on
top of the feeder. I will fill it with potting soil and put some type of plants in it.
I simply glued a piece of plexiglass in the bottom of the planter part leaving a tiny slot towards the rear to allow water to drain but not wash out the soil.
I added the top semi circles as a decorative touch. They were actually the part I removed from the sides.
Wiped it down with tack cloth and sprayed with laquer.
I just need to mount it and fill it with seed.
Once planted and filled with plants I will post another picture.