Wishing Well Plans

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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It's easy to find wishing well plans on the Internet that let you build a replica of a functioning well right in your own front or back yard. A wishing well can give your home an added touch of rustic charm, even if it retrieves no real water. That would require extensive drilling, construction, maintenance, and compliance with a whole host of health and environmental regulations.

But if you're dead set on having the look and feel of a colonial American home or prairie landscape, a wooden wishing well can be a perfect highlight. Follow the simple wishing well plans included in your package, and even novice builders can have their wells completed in about a week. More seasoned carpenters can typically erect their wells in a single weekend, provided they have the proper tools heading into the project.

The Specs of Your Wishing Well Plans

Many faux wishing wells employ 2x4 planks in a series of layers for a look that rivals real brick. Your well will probably be in the neighborhood of 50 inches in diameter and 75 inches in height. This includes the well's roof, which itself spans anywhere from 50 to 65 inches in length from its apex down to its lower edges. Of course, sizes will vary depending on the model you purchase.

You'll be able to choose your own wood species in constructing your well, though there are certain woods that will withstand the elements better than others. Whether you choose maple, oak, fir, beech, pine, or any other species, your well's longevity will depend on the finish you choose to coat your wood. All outdoor woodworking projects need some kind of weather-resistant sealant, otherwise all your hard work will be wasted.


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