Wishing well /outdoor planter

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Project by kevlights posted 10-01-2014 06:39 AM 2607 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

The wishing Well evolved from a tutouring project,at the “Challange Skills Centre ” in Temuka ,we had 1/2 dozen trainees to keep amused /train/ educate/keep out of trouble :etc
The idea was to use recycled materials and found material.
The center steel drum that is the centre of the drum/well ,is from a washing machine . [email protected] Paykel 380/400 series.
Oregon 500mm long 100mm x 25mm firewood off cuts ,form the base.
Two 1700mm side planks support the roof .
150mm x 25mm Oregon roof ,bevel cut on the band saw.
...Previous roofs, were slab wood fire wood, off cuts ,stained with black waste diesel oil from the farm tractor.
The original Wishing Well s were made from wringer washing machine drums ,they were huge !
Completely covered in slab wood with the bark still on !

Buckets are plastic 150 mm flower pots with a eight sided ply base ,with the Oregon sides screwed on from the were the base planks screwed from the inside of the steel base drum ,64 Gib board screws in base.

rope for bucket winder ,just the best, 600 kg breaking strain nylon tow rope! twas the cheapest we could get,from the Big Red Shed

Working crank and winder ,bucket goes up and down with a squeal/squeak, ply washers around, 45mm dowel shaft , tapper dowel pins hold it altogether

The sculptured handle is cut out and sanded with an Arbor Tech Blade in an angle grinder.

....Over a weeks work in all, per Well, finished with electrical transformer oil from Contact Energy,$20 a 20 liter drum, then polished all over with Bees Wax , we buy that in 1 Kg blocks from Davidson’s Honey Apiaries

..The gib board screws we got at a clearing yard sale ,tradesmen did not want the individual screws when screw guns became available. four pallet loads of screws blew the budget ,and nearly got me the sack

Any body else use for sculpturing wood , a Arbor tech blade,in a angle grinder?

-- Kev, Hobby/home repair/woodworker .Timaru .NZ

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#1 posted 10-09-2014 03:12 AM

What a great project and to use recycled pieces is a great learning experience.
It came out looking real nice, something I would buy.


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