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Mother in law wanted a wishing well for her front yard to replace a rotted out one. Nothing she saw by the house was big enough or "authentic". So, like the dummy I am I volunteered to make her one. Can't be that hard, expensive, or complicated, right? We still owed her a Xmas present yet anyway. So........ I searched the net and got a 1/2 **s plan that I figured I could adopt to my needs.

Off to Menards. It's a start and I'll be back at least a couple more times. Going to use rough sawn cedar so it should last a while. It's 11% off that week so I "only" spent $356. And it's just the start.



The plan called for using sections or blocks cut from pieces of 2 x 4. Why can't I make it a real octagon? Good excuse to order that Miter Set jiggie thing. Plus I can now use the spare contractor saw from Lowes I bought last year when I was having trouble with the main table saw. It hasn't sawed a board yet. Drag it up from the basement.



Pieces are cut. They look good. But will they fit?



Looks like the Miter Set jig did it's job.



Let's see what we can make it look like? Also get to use the new Hitachie finish nailer I got on sale. Major job I need a new tool - and it is for YOUR mother, dear.



It quit raining so I got kicked out of the garage.



Just a matter of building up the layers. That took a lot of wood, screws, and nails. That nail gun was worth it!!!!



Like a 1/2 dozen lawyers on the bottom of a lake -- a darn good start!
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Looking good. You going to finishe it somehow, or just let it age? Is it going to have a little roof with shingles? I have an empty front yard that needs a touch of decoration.
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Tom,you could supply the shingles,couldn't you?
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That's looking good. Is that all the layers, or more to come? Like the new Hitachi nailer, this project definitely justified that purchase. Can I assume that you're gluing/nailing the layers together to build up the height? If so, have you considered the finished weight? - guessing that it's going to add up fast, these things ain't light. My turtles aren't nearly that big, and I was shocked when I did the first final assembly - the legs, tail and head are screwed into the bottom of the assembled body - and had to flip it over the first time to set it on it's feet.
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That looks nice John. Looks like it's going to be much bigger than ones I remember seeing.
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Nice job ! I have been to busy to post my progress some time this week.
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Looking good. You going to finishe it somehow, or just let it age? Is it going to have a little roof with shingles? I have an empty front yard that needs a touch of decoration.

Work in "progress" Tom. Still figuring the rest out. Was thinking of using Thompson's water seal and let her age. She can do whatever she wants to it.

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That's looking good. Is that all the layers, or more to come? Like the new Hitachi nailer, this project definitely justified that purchase. Can I assume that you're gluing/nailing the layers together to build up the height? If so, have you considered the finished weight? - guessing that it's going to add up fast, these things ain't light. My turtles aren't nearly that big, and I was shocked when I did the first final assembly - the legs, tail and head are screwed into the bottom of the assembled body - and had to flip it over the first time to set it on it's feet.
Nailing the Octagon pieces in the corners to hold them in shape then using 2 1/2 inch deck screws to build the layers up. The rough sawn cedar is 1/4" thicker than the finished. And yes it is heavy. If I can get it done by this coming week end, my 6'3" son will be here to help. Deciding on top and bottom and put together at MIL's house or assemble it all and get the neighbor to help load it. I was originally worried about it blowing over. If that ever happens there's worse problems to face.

More to follow ............. hopefully.
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Very good start, John, and acquiring new tools means this is predestined to be a good project!

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So far so good but I think I would have built it in sections then screw it together when installing in the yard. It's not going to be fun moving it.
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Like the wishing well, and what's in the garage !
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