wishing well planter / wheel barrow planter

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Project by misterChips posted 11-17-2014 05:08 PM 3812 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My youngest son wanted to get in to wood working and wanted to make something, but was not sure what to make. So we came up with a well and wheel barrow planter. They are made from 11 pc’s of cedar fence boards that are 6’ long and 6” x 1” for the wishing well planter that also has a solar light on top to shine on the flowers at night.
The wheel barrow planter is made from 3 fence boards (cedar).

The hand crank does turn.

This was a fun father and son project, and my son made some money for the summer.

-- Don't only practice your art, but force your way in to its secrets... Ludwig Von Beethoven.

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#1 posted 11-17-2014 06:40 PM

Very nice…....and ironic. The first 2 wood working projects I did when I decided to jump into the hobby were also a wheel barrow and well.
It was many years ago…...the wheel barrow is still around, the well has moved on and is in a better place now.

Well done (pun intended)

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 11-17-2014 07:58 PM

Very nice result and a great project for a father and son to do. The wheelbarrow was nice too..

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-18-2014 02:26 AM

A neat way to work together.
Nice set!

I make wheelbarrow planters in miniature sizes. They are fun and help use smaller scraps.

If you have a local fencing company; they might let you raid the dumpster for wood! Not full length, some nails, etc. but good price! Mine lets me just have it free! Great price. I gat a lot of usable cedar that way!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 11-20-2014 12:12 PM

Thanks for the nice remarks everyone.
Hi Ralbuck, I work the night shift at the Home Depot and I get all the scrap wood that I can use. But for something like this I just spent the cash. It cost us a total of $50.00 Canadian which includes the solar light for each unit. My son was selling them for $!50.00. So he made over a couple of thousand dollars in two months and I had some special time with him that summer.

-- Don't only practice your art, but force your way in to its secrets... Ludwig Von Beethoven.

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#5 posted 02-10-2015 06:11 PM

Hi Mr. Chips, Do you by any chance have a set of plans for the well planter? I am making planters to sell in an event in April and I would like to make a few of these.

would appreciate any info.

-- Fail to plan and you are planning to fail. Ben Franklin

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