1st Outdoor Project - Wishing Well

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Project by wwnovice posted 09-02-2007 03:56 PM 2148 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This isn’t fine woodworking, but it’s a project I really needed to do. I had an old “wishing well” covering the well cap on my property. It was rotting and falling apart, so I decided to make a new one. The third pic above is the old well.

I used pressure treated lumber. The base is made of 128 pieces of 2x material. Each layer is an octagon, arranged in an alternating pattern. Posts are 4×4s. The roofing job is not the greatest, but it was my first attempt.

-- John

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#1 posted 09-02-2007 03:59 PM

WOW what a big difference that made… You did a beautiful job especially for your first project.. Good Job…


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#2 posted 09-02-2007 04:01 PM

Great jpb John. I’m still trying to find my pictures of my first and second wishing well.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 09-02-2007 04:08 PM

Just to clarify – this is my first outdoor project, but not my first woodworking project.

-- John

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#4 posted 09-02-2007 04:13 PM

I liked the old one too. Really rustic looking, ya know? But your new well looks great too. Did you count how many pieces of the 2×4 stock you had to miter to make the octagon base?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#5 posted 09-02-2007 04:59 PM

looks good to me !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 09-02-2007 07:25 PM

Great job! Must have taken a lot of patience to cut all those pieces.,

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 09-02-2007 08:42 PM

well done.. looks like you did exactly what you set out to do! Bravo

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 09-03-2007 02:22 AM

Big improvement. Nice job!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 09-03-2007 06:31 AM

Certainly a job “well” done! Should last a long time.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#10 posted 09-03-2007 07:00 AM

Looks like you had fun!

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#11 posted 09-03-2007 01:55 PM

It’s a lot better looking than the one I made. Of course my brothers pump was above ground and that was imperitive to get covered with insulation and heated. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 09-04-2007 01:12 AM

Hi there;

I beg to differ, that is fine woodworking!

Great job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 03-16-2010 06:21 AM

Looks great!
I also like the rustic look of the old one.

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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