Wishing Well Planters

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Project by William posted 06-22-2012 02:07 PM 21631 views 12 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought of my wife when I wanted to build these. She always is looking for a convenient place to hang flowers. I seen the patterns for these and thought they’d look nice with flowers not planted in them, but hanging on the rod for the bucket cranks.
The patterns came from the Berry Basket Collection. They stand 44” tall. To give you an idea of the other dimentions, the roof panels are 24” long and the box is 16” square. In the downloadable plans, you get the patterns for both designs, the heart and the tulip. You also get the pattern for the bucket, which I did not build since we planned on hanging flower pots on the rod instead of a bucket. The thing I like most about the Berry Basket website is that the plans are instantly available for download. There is no ordering and then having to wait a week or more for the plans to arrive in the mail.
I made these out of cottonwood and sealed it with Thompson’s Waterseal. I’m not sure how long that will hold up in the weather, but I had it on hand and did not have the money at the time to buy any better weather resistant wood as I would have liked. Hopefully, in the future, I can afford to get some cedar or cypress to make her some more out of.
I cut these on the scroll saw. I believe they could be cut using a band saw as well though. I just prefer the scroll saw. I made the inside cuts on my 16” Craftsman saw. The outside cuts were made on the Craftsman saw I recently restored. It was nice actually getting to use that saw.
So if any of you want to build some of these, they are not difficult at all. I made both of these in three days. The plans only cost $5.99. Head on over and to the link above and buy the plans. Make a couple, or more, and put a smile on your wive’s faces.


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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#1 posted 06-22-2012 02:13 PM

They are simply great William, they look so nice next to your mail sign.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 06-22-2012 02:40 PM

William, my wife was looking over my shoulder when I pulled your post up. Now I have another project to add to my list :). You do such good work whether it is mail boxes or planters. I look forward to your next project. Thanks for the link I am heading there now.

Wow, what a great website. I bookmarked it and put it in my woodworking folder.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 06-22-2012 03:36 PM

Nice job. I am sure my wife will want one as well.

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#4 posted 06-22-2012 03:57 PM

Great build; I recently built a wishing well but it doesn’t look this nice.

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#5 posted 06-22-2012 05:36 PM

These really look great William! As everyone said – you always do such a great job on all of your projects. It makes me happy just to look at them! :D


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 06-22-2012 07:50 PM

Nice William. I made a couple of these a few months back, but not with the fancy scroll work. I’ll have to hide this page or I’ll end up having to rebuild them…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#7 posted 06-22-2012 08:48 PM

I made these about 10 years ago and have not finished them yet. Thjey have been sitting in my basement with all the parts cut out and ready for assembly. I made them from cedar. My problem is I can not decide if i want to add a panel inside to close the fret work. Paint the panel black or dark green. Still debating that one. One of these days I will finish them. Thanks for showing. Nice job.

-- John T.

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#8 posted 06-22-2012 09:58 PM

Thanks so much everyone.

JT, I thought about if my wife ever decided to put flowers directly in the planter to spray paint roofing tin and line the insides with it.

luv2learn, try a few patterns from the Berry Basket Collection and you’ll like them even more. Most of their patterns have been around for a while. I used to get regular mail order catalogs from them. Now all their plans are downloadable though, keeping costs down. Most of their patterns are in the five to six buck range.
By the way, look in the future, I order four more clock patterns at the time I ordered the planter patterns.

Marty, the scroll work wasn’t hard. What are you waiting on? Did you read the part where I told what scroll saw I used on this? I done this project with the antique Craftsman you and I talked on the phone about and I posted a couple of weeks ago.

Rex, you got me again. I had to go look at my photos again. I hadn’t realized I caught the mailbox too in one of them. You have a keen eye still. Thanks for the compliments.

Sheila, thank you. As a fellow scroller, you also know the time it takes for these large scroll projects. So you know I have a lot of work in them.

JR, you said your’s aren’t as fancy. When are you going back and redoing them?

SB, time to get to work. You gotta make mama happy.


Again, thanks a lot everyone.


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#9 posted 06-22-2012 11:23 PM

These are pretty classy. Really like the design of the roof, and the scrolling. Whimsicle, and nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 06-23-2012 01:36 AM

William you will have to find some really pretty flowers for these. They are great. Fine job! They are very proportional. So to me that makes them a good eye catcher.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 06-23-2012 04:34 AM

William those look great ,lots of craftsmanship went to those i like that design have to check those out ,thanks for the link. i had to go back and see the mail box loved that box .hes got one good eye as Dave said its a eye catcher

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#12 posted 06-23-2012 04:03 PM

Thank you fellas.

Roger, that’s why I picked this design. It’s the little things on it that set it apart from similar planters I’ve seen. Take the roof pieces for example, they are quickly made cuts on them, but it really sets them off and draws the eyes to them.

Super, money is tight at the moment. She wanted these for the flowers you see in the last four photos hung in them. However, now that they’re built, and when we have the money, she now wants something with running vines in them so she can grow the vines up and slowly wrap them around the frame of it. Visually, I like this idea. It sounds nice.

Eddie, here is a link to the mail box. I like the decorating I’ve done in the yard lately. It makes the wife happy, and it puts something out there for passer bys to see. Now maybe it might get me some sales in the future.


Again, thank you all very much.


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#13 posted 06-23-2012 04:06 PM

Great project, I love the look of the roofs.

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#14 posted 06-23-2012 04:41 PM

Thank you Shane.
The roof panels are also something that drew me to this design. They look unique compared to others I’ve seen.


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#15 posted 06-24-2012 02:03 PM


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