Before we can get started making our coconut pot we will need a dust mask, protective eyewear, sandpaper, saw, wood glue, scissors, a bowl, a cup, a drill, a chisel, a butter knife, and finally a coconut.
1. Drilling out holes
Using a drill start by drilling into the carpel coconut holes to release the coconut water, then drain the contents into a cup.
2. Cutting the coconut
Carefully using a saw cut the top off of the coconut, this will form the base stand of the coconut pot.
3. Removing coconut meat
Grab a butter knife and with a scooping motion, start removing the coconut meat from the coconut. Put the coconut meat into a bowl to eat later or eat whilst you continue making it as it will provide you with energy.
Using your scissors cut off a square of sandpaper then fold it in half and begin sanding the coconut shell all over to remove the outer coconut coir. This will darken the coconut shell from a light brown to an almost charcoal brown/black colour. This process can take quite a while to do and if you’d prefer you can use an electric sander.
You will want to sand both the coconut shell, the stand and will want to flatten the base so that it sits sturdy on a table. Sand inside the coconut and if necessary remove the inner pith with a chisel. If you leave the inner pith on it may cause the coconut to rot and be prone to mold. During the sanding process, you will also want to remove any sharp edges. The final sanding part is to make sure that the coconut shell that sits on the base is no longer pointed. This is because during the glueing process you will want it to sit flat on the base to ensure it is a good fixing.
Once the coconut looks aesthetically pleasing you will be able to place a dollop of glue on the flat edge of the coconut shell and place the base on top for 24 hours to completely dry. If you’d like you can fill in the holes of the carpels with a little wood glue and the coconut dust leftover from sanding.
6. Finishing touches
If you want to apply a finish to your coconut pot you can use a little coconut oil all over it to help the natural grain of the coconut shell come out bringing it to a satin finish. An alternative to coconut oil is food-grade mineral oil.