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All of the wishes of your gnomes and fairies are about to come true with this magical wishing well. Note: By changing your country, the pricing will display in the currency of the chosen country. In order to build a durable structure, but in the same time to keep the expenditures under control, we recommend you to use pine or cedar. Measure all the components twice before making the cuts, as any wasted materials would increase the costs of the projects. Don’t leave any gaps between the wooden boards, as this will be the interior face of the wishing well.
If you want to add support to your own wishing well, attach the plywood template at the bottom of the palings and lock it into position with nails. Cut the top of the extended palings at 30?, while the ends of the rafters have to be cut at 60?. Smart Tip: In most of the case, you have to adjust the width of the last slat, therefore we recommend you to use a circular saw and a straight line (to guide the power tool along the cut line).
After you have covered the roof of the wishing well with slats, you have to attach roofing felt on the whole surface. Smart Tip: If you want to obtain a neat result, we recommend you to install the shingles starting with the left bottom of the roof and to continue until you cover the whole surface. Last but not least, after building your own wishing well, you have to take care of the finishing touches. Thank you for reading our article about how to build a wishing well for a wedding and we recommend you to check out the rest of our projects.
If you want to build a full size wishing well and place it into you backyard, you should build a concrete slab foundation.
Select the lumber with great care, making sure the boards are perfectly straight and and don’t have any signs of damage. There are many designs and shapes you could choose from when building a wooden wishing well in your backyard.
Afterwards, you have to build four rafters and install them on top of the palings, as in the image. Secure the rafters into position by driving in several screws though the top of the rafters in the wooden palings.
Smart Tip: Plumb the palings on every side before inserting the bolts, with a spirit level.
Building a basic wishing well is not that difficult, if you use the right plans for your needs, tastes and budget. Use a 1×1 wooden piece to build the spindle and the handle of the wishing well, or buy one already finished from your local diy store. The spindle should be about 43” long, but if you have adjusted the size of some components, you should measure the distance between the palings before building it.
Secure the boards into place by driving in 3” screws through the boards directly in the rafters.
If you want to mask the edges of the roofing boards, you should install 1×2 wooden trim (fasten it with  finishing nails).
Work with great care, otherwise you might leave gaps between the asphalt shingles or split the roofing boards.


Next, build the arm of the handle from 1×4 lumber, choosing any shape that satisfies your tastes.
After you have installed the wood or asphalt shingles on the roof of the wishing well, you have to apply several coats of protective varnish over the wooden components.
Install one pair of hinges on both sides of the wishing well, in order to secure the top to the base. Smart Tip: Fill the holes with wood filler, let it dry and sand the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Thank you for reading our article about free wishing well plans and we recommend you to check out the rest of our projects. This medium-size wishing well stands approximately 1400mm (4'-8") high and 600mm (2ft) wide.
There is a downloadable version of this project print friendly and in clean copy (free of ads) for only $5.00. The metric measurements are not an exact match to their imperial equivalents for rounding off purposes, so use one or the other. We always seek to improve ourselves for the benefit of the customer and hope to provide the best shopping experience possible. A wishing well has a decorative purpose in most of the cases, as it is a great piece that could enhance the look of any garden. Select the lumber with great care, as the quality of the wooden components will influence directly the aspect of the wishing well.
In addition, drill pilot holes in the components before inserting the screws, in order to avoid wood from splitting. Therefore, you have to lay the 2×6 palings on a sturdy and level surface, as you can see in teh image.
In order to get the job done as a professional, we recommend you to cut out a round template with a radius of 20”. Therefore, we recommend you to drill holes in the extended palings, before installing the spindle.
Don’t forget to LIKE and SHARE our articles with your friends, by using the social media widgets. Building a wood wishing well is a fun project, as you have to use several basic woodworking techniques and your imagination, to get a decorative structure for your garden.
We recommend you to use wooden boards designed for outdoor use, such as pressure treated lumber, redwood or cedar. Even though this step is not compulsory, it is highly recommended if you don’t intend to move the construction from place. Meanwhile, you should cut the elements of the wishing well’s base, using our free plans.
Use 2×4 boards and cut one end at 60°, in order to obtain wooden components as in the image. Next, before installing the palings into position, you have to drill at least three pilot holes through the palings in the base of the well. This wooden element built from a 1×4 slat has an essential role, as it locks the rafters and the palings together in a rigid structure. Measure everything twice, to make sure the size is accurate and the component will fit into place perfectly.


In order to build the spindle, you can also use cylindrical metal piece and cover it with wood.
Irrespective of your choice, you should protect the lumber with appropriate products, in order to avoid decay or water damage. Don’t forget to seal the gaps between the shingles with appropriate products and to install the ridge cap shingles.
Therefore, you could either use 1×1 lumber to build the spindle, or you could buy round lumber, from your local diy store. Secure the arm to the wooden washer and drive screws through the washer in the spindle, after drilling several pilot holes. In order to obtain a nice appearance, we recommend you to build the top components from two parts, each having the same size. Apply several coats of paint or wood stain, as to protect the components from rot and to enhance the look of the well.
Don’t forget to share our articles with your friends, by using the social media widgets. It is a cross between a small planter and a full-size wishing well, and can be used either as a planter box or a garden ornament. Sand the cut edges of the wooden elements, using a sand block and average-grit sandpaper, in order to give them a nice appearance and to avoid possible injuries. Pre-drill holes in the rafters before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Let the compound to dry out properly, before sanding the wooden surfaces with 120-grit sandpaper. Before starting the actual project, you have to choose the right free plans for your needs, tastes and budget.
In addition, measure the diagonals of the wooden base, as to make sure the corners are right-angled. Therefore, you have to use cedar, redwood or pressure treated 2x4s and cut them accurately with a circular saw. Irrespective of your choice you have to follow our instructions and to buy proper materials, if you want to obtain a neat result. You have to know that you can either build a full scale wishing well, or you can make a small version and use it as a planter.
Work with great care and attention, making sure you cut the components at the right size, before assembling them together. Irrespective of your choice, you should select the lumber with great care and choose only the pieces that don’t have any visible signs of damage. Mix a small quantity of concrete (2 parts cement, 3 parts sand, 4 parts gravel and water), pour it into the form and level the slab with a straight edge, along the sides of the form.



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