Bruce Johnston's Wishing Well

Making a wish for a tablesaw come true.

SHOP OWNER: Bruce Johnston
LOCATION: Long Island, NY

    Here's a wishing well I built recently for my back yard. The whole adventure started with a bird "condo" house that my wife had asked me to build for her for over a year. She liked it so much, I decided to build a wishing well.
    I showed her several designs of wells I had seen, she picked one, and I went out and started building it, totally out of my head without any written plans. The total cost for the wishing well was approximately $200 ...(PLUS a 10" table saw).
    The overall height of the well is 8 ft. I made it from (25) 8-ft. pressure treated 2 x 4s. The 26-in. high bottom section consists of seven rings, each made up of 14 pieces of 2 x 4, with each end cut at a 77.14° angle, and a cap ring of 2 x 4s flatwise. I joined each ring together with nails to create a circle and then I layered the rings on top of each other, turning each one to create this classic appearance.
Scrolled Bracket Detail

    The roof is 30-in. square and 2-ft. high, mounted on two 6-ft. 2 x 4s. I made the framework and rafters from six 2 x 4s, with a fascia of 1 x 4 pine. I used a jig saw to do the scroll work on the brackets that support the roof.
    The cedar shingles were the hardest and most time consuming part of this project because I had to cut each piece with a utility knife to obtain the correct angle. Then I had to cut (50) 4 by 6 inch pieces of shingle to finish the hips of the roof. I told my wife I HAD to have a tablesaw because I had too many pieces of roof to cut. What a blessing the saw was!!!
Weathervane on Top

    The log that holds the rope and bucket (which I finally found in a local nursery) is a section of pressure-treated fence post. Surrounding the well, in the white rock, are some fresh cut "flowers" I made on the jig saw. Atop the roof, I installed a black wrought-iron weather vane (more money), which I feel finishes the well beautifully.
    I probably put in over 80 hours on this project, and my wife said, "No more projects" (until the next one!).

...Bruce Johnston




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