Is there any penalty for not following the plans?
I would just go ahead and make it in 2 pieces and "ask for fprgiveness" rather than "permission" with your explanation as stated above. If you do a fine job, it won't matter, at least if I were the instructor, which I was way back about 50 years ago. If you think outside the box and do a fine job, you should get rewarded, because it shows that you are thinking as well as your skill level. I'll back you up if there is an issue!`:smile3:
After all, in this case you are the client as well as the student..... just sayin' The client can make changes in the plans and often does in the real world and you can quote me.
The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
Last edited by woodnthings; 11-28-2017 at 05:39 PM.