So despite the almost catastrophic lathe fail last month, this little cedar planter was salvaged! I ended up finding a piece of scrap ash from our cut-off box, and created a prosthetic base for where I went through with the chisel. Added a dab of polyurethane glue (which actually gets stronger the wetter it gets..crazy!), drilled a hole for drainage, and voila! And just in time for the backyard succulents that appear to be multiplying to no end.