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I built the well out of treated pine fence plank material; 5/8" thick by 6" wide. I ripped some of the planks to 4", and calculated the gap to be about 1/4". At first, the metal strapping I used was too thick; plus, the short nails I had to use pulled out of the wood. Also, the holes in the strapping were too large, and the wood pieces wouldn't stay centered. I switched to "plumber's tape" - thinner metal strapping - and wood screws, which were self-centering. I maintained the gap by using a bunch of carpenter's pencils, which happened to be the right width.

When I put it together, the thin planks plus the thin metal strapping made it sort of flimsy, so I took a couple of old, rusty barrel rings; cut them and overlapped the material so that it was against the inside of the circle of planks, and pop-riveted it to that dimension. Then, I screwed it to the planks in 4 places. I put these rings at the top and bottom. (You can see the top ring in photo #2.)

Since the well doesn't have a bottom, and I was worried about it possibly blowing over in our Central Texas breezes, I put an "X" of boards just above the bottom barrel ring (see photo #2), and screwed it to the sides. I'll put some rocks on those boards to make sure it stays upright.

Here's a couple of pictures of the finished article. Joe M.

wishing well planter box
Red wishing well planter box

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