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 – Video
Wishing Well made from 2x4s Plans
- 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
- 15 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12′
- 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 3 1/2″ screws
- stain, wood filler, wood glue
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- One Weekend
How to build a wishing well from 2x4s
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.
Stack the frames one on top of the other, making sure you rotate them 90 degrees to create the beautiful alternating pattern.
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.
Use 2×4 lumber for the stakes. Use a miter saw to make angle cuts to the top of the boards.
Fit the stakes to the box of the
Next, build the rafters by making 45 degree cuts at both ends of the 2×4 boards.
Fit the rafters to the top of the stakes and secure them into place with screws.
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.
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.
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.
Use 2×4 lumber for the braces. Make 45 degree cuts at both ends and lock them into place with 2 1/2″ screws.
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.
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.
Fit the lids to the box and secure them into place with hinges.
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.
You can add a spindle to the wishing well to make it look more detailed and authentic.
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