Wishing Well made from 2x4s Plans

This step by step woodworking project is about wishing well made from 2x4s plans. I have designed this super simple wishing well that you can make just from 2x4s and screws. This wishing well has a sturdy structure and it is super easy to build. If you have a saw and a drill, you can build this project in one weekend. See my other DIY projects HERE.

We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

 

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Wishing Well made from 2x4s Plans

Building a wishing well

Building a wishing well

 

Materials

  • A – 16 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 33″ long, 16 pieces – 36″ long BOX
  • B – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 28″ long SUPPORTS
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long STAKES
  • D – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 28 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 32″ long RAFTERS
  • E – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 30″ long, 2 pieces – 17″ long  BRACES
  • F – 14 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 37″ long ROOF

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Time

  • One Weekend

 

 

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How to build a wishing well from 2x4s

Building the frames

Building the frames

The first step of the project is to build frames. Cut the boards at the dimensions shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes through the 36″ long boards and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square.

Staking the frames

Staking the frames

Stack the frames one on top of the other, making sure you rotate them 90 degrees to create the beautiful alternating pattern.

Assembling the base box

Assembling the base box

The next step of the project is to build the box for the wishing well, by attaching the corner posts. Clamp the frames to the posts and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Cutting the stakes

Cutting the stakes

Use 2×4 lumber for the stakes. Use a miter saw to make angle cuts to the top of the boards.

Fitting the stakes

Fitting the stakes

Fit the stakes to the box of the

Building the rafters

Building the rafters

Next, build the rafters by making 45 degree cuts at both ends of the 2×4 boards.

Fitting the rafters

Fitting the rafters

Fit the rafters to the top of the stakes and secure them into place with screws.

Fitting the side roof supports

Fitting the side roof supports

Fit the 2×4 supports to the sides of the roof. Drill pilot holes through the rafters and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the supports.

Crossbeams

Crossbeams

Fit the braces to the interior of the wishing well, as shown in the diagram. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything tightly.

Fitting the top beam

Fitting the top beam

Fit the 2×4 ridge beam to the top of the wishing well. Drill pocket holes at both ends and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure them into place tightly.

Diagonal braces

Diagonal braces

Use 2×4 lumber for the braces. Make 45 degree cuts at both ends and lock them into place with 2 1/2″ screws.

Fitting the slats to the roof

Fitting the slats to the roof

Fit the 2×4 boards to the top of the wishing well. Leave no gaps between the slats and secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. You can lay asphalt shingles to the roof or you can leave the wood exposed and apply a few coats of poly.

Assembling the lid

Assembling the lid

Next, build the lids for the box. Fit the 2×4 supports to the lid and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them into place tightly.

Fitting the lid panels

Fitting the lid panels

Fit the lids to the box and secure them into place with hinges.

Wishing well made from 2x4s

Wishing well made from 2x4s

Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and make sure the joints are sturdy. Fill the holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper and apply a few coats of stain/paint.

2x4 Wishing well plans

2×4 Wishing well plans

You can add a spindle to the wishing well to make it look more detailed and authentic.

How to build a 2x4 wishing well

How to build a 2×4 wishing well

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