Water trough planter with pump

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Project by WilsonCreations posted 09-06-2011 03:35 AM 2114 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a picture of this planter and wanted to make one. I used pallet wood and aged it with vinegar and a steel wool pad but I’ll let nature age the pump.

-- Wilson

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#1 posted 09-06-2011 04:58 AM

Nice looking planter Wilson and I like the pump you made.


-- Kiefer 松

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#2 posted 09-06-2011 03:25 PM

great job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#3 posted 09-06-2011 03:29 PM

I like the design, ive got an antigue brass pump itching to be incorporated into something like this. How does the vinger process work?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 09-07-2011 04:42 AM

kiefer, wiswood2,, Thanks, it was the pump that originally caught mt eye. I’m thinking of another one and install a recycling pump for a water feature…hmmm maybe a little leak in the trough and have a ‘spill’ into a 5 gallon bucket filled with rocks set into the ground to make a 2 level feature (or is that 3 levels?)! We’ll see what the cooler weather brings for time and projects.

chrisstef, I heard of the process somewhere but don’t know the exact formula, I take about 1.5 – 2 cups of white vinegar and put a steel wool pad in it for two hours. Throw the steel wool away and spray the vinegar onto the project. A word of warning – strain the mixture before putting it in your sprayer as it can clog the unit. Although the vinegar is still clear you will just about be able to see the wood “age” in a couple of minutes. I’ve tried making bigger batches but even using the same proportions I’ve been disappointed with them. I just make as many small batches as I need and call it good:). I haven’t tried leaving the steel wool in for less time, but longer makes the wood a lot darker so…..... I have used left overs as old as 3 months and even though it was a strong rust color in the bottle it was good on the wood.

-- Wilson

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#5 posted 09-12-2011 10:38 AM

Very, very nice! I like it!

-- Silviu, Romania,

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#6 posted 01-03-2012 09:21 PM

The whole planter has such a unique design. Lovely!



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