Rain Barrel contianer

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Project by danoaz posted 12-25-2013 09:01 PM 1323 views 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Don’t laugh, but it really does rain here in Phoenix, AZ. We get a whopping seven inches in a year and it usually comes all at once. Another nice feature for water collection is that we have our AC unit on the roof and when we get into the hot/humid months of August/September this thing gets filled up from condensate pouring out of the air conditioner.
Sort of visible is a rain chain that is hanging off the edge of our patio roof. The green post is supporting the roof corner.
I built a 2×2 wood open box frame that I painted all white for protection and then skinned it with redwood. I made a slight error in not having anything support the weight of the plastic barrel when its full because it bends around the lip and spout. When I empty it I will put some bricks under it for support.
I painted the bottom of the legs and the tops in the same white and coated all the wood with 3 coats of spar varnish. I thought about letting it age naturally but it also gets water from the sprinkler system in the grass. After spending way more on wood than I expected I decided to coat it in the hopes it will last a while longer. The sun here can be more brutal than the watering and so it is going to be interesting to see what destroys it first.
And yes, these pictures were taken today, Dec. 25th 2013, it is sunny and 70 degrees outside. (not that I am rubbing it in ;-)

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 03:41 AM

Very nice decorative cover for the ole rain barrel. Nice design!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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