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**Steps 4 to 7**

**Step 4. Make a plywoodA piece of wood made of three or more layers of wood veneer laminated together with glue. circle.**

Make a circle out of plywood with a diameter slightly smaller than the inside diameter of the wishing well.

The plywood circle is to be placed temporarily inside the wishing well with the purpose of holding the wishing well sides in a circular shape until the galvanizedCovered with a protective coating of zinc. strap has been fixed firmly in place.

**How to make the circle…..**

Using a narrow piece of woodTimber, lumber. The hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees (pivot stick), nailA short nail with a large flat head used for securing roofing felt, plasterboard, sheet metal to wood etc. one end to the middle of the plywood sheetAny broad, thin surface. (axis point) allowing the wood piece to turn in a full circle.

making a circle

Make the length of the pivot stick from the nail to the end (the radius) according to the equation below.

*The idea of the plywood circle is to ensure that the wishing well will keep its circular shape while the galvanized straps are being fixed in place.*

### The equation:

**what size should the plywood circle be?**

The diameter of the plywood circle should be slightly less than the diameter of the inside of the wishing well.

Measure the overall length of the 26 palings and the 2 extended palings and divide that by 3.17.

For example: if each paling is 90mm (3 1/2″) wide, then the overall length will be 2520mm (98″).

Therefore, the required diameter of the plywood circle will be 2520mm (98″) divided by 3.17 = 795mm (31″) thus the radius will be 397.5mm (15 1/2″) which is half of the diameter.

The diameter is the distance from one side of a circle to the other side across the middle.

The radius is the distance from the side of a circle to the center.

So, in this case, the length of the pivot stick from the nail to the end should be 397.5mm (15 1/2″) long.

**IN SHORT: Divide the length of the wall by 3.17 and then divide that by 2 to find the required radius.**

**For your information:** the approximate diameter of a circle can be found by dividing the circumference (outside edge) by 3.14.

The exact diameter of a circle can be found by dividing the circumference by pi. Pi = 3.14159265…..on and on forever.

The shape of this wishing well is not a true circle. It is really a polygon with 28 sides called a icosikaioctagon. In other words, sort of a circle.

When the pivot stick is the right length and the axis point is fixed, hold a pencil at the end of it, rotate and mark a circle (see pictures above).

Then cut the circle out with a jig-saw.

**Step 5. Stand the well and form a circle**

Stand the well upright and form an approximate circle.

Join the first and last palings together and fixTo secure with nails or screws. by nailing through the galvanized strap.

Partially hammer three or four temporary nails around the inside of the well, just above the galvanized metal strapShort lengths of metal strap 25Ã—1 (1/16Ã—1) used to fix members together to resist uplift. to prevent the plywood circle from falling in.

Position the plywood circle on top of the temporary nails inside the wishing well.

The plywood circle will hold the wishing well in shape until the galvanized strap has been fixed in place.

**Step 6. Strap the top of the outside**

The galvanized strap can now be fixed in place around the well 100mm (4″) down from the top.

Nail firstly all the way around with one nail in the middle of each paling and then add another two nails as close as possible to the edges of each paling.

Use 40mm (1 1/2″) galvanized flathead nails.

**Step 7. Strap the bottom of the outside**

Measure, cut and fit a temporary braceTo make rigid. in between the extended palings (see picture below).

Kick the plywood circle out from the top of the well and fit it in the bottom. It may take a bit of wiggling and rolling to get it in.

The galvanized strap can now be fixed in place around the well 100mm (4″) up from the bottom. Roll the well as needed and nail in the same manner as explained in step 6.

Olivia says

Olivia Redding in Sophia N.C

Jean says

Hi, I build the wishing well following your plan to hide the real artesian well head. Thanks for the free plans, it turned out nice and was easy. Use the photos as you wish.

Jean Labelle, Quebec, Canada

Clare says

My son and i have just built two wishing well’s.

Look’s great, very easy to make, instruction’s very easy to follow.

What a wonderful wesite, thank’s Buildeazy looking forward to more job’s from this website. GREAT!!!!!!!!.

Clare and Ray

Nelson says

Thanks so the plans, with the help of them we created this beautiful wishing well. It cover our septic tank cover and is easy to move if need be.

Margaret

Nelson BC

Beverly says

I wanted to cover the pipes from our well so I used your plans as a guide.

I sawed our aerator tank in half and placed that over the pipes so I could use it as a backing for my left over fence boards.

All I needed to buy were screws and strapping. Everything else was left from the fence.

I used a 5-gal paint bucket for the backing of my wooden bucket and PVC pipe for the crank.

I really like my wishing well. Thanks for great instructions, even though I improvised. Here are my pictures.

Beverly from Naples, FL

Phill says

Thanks for the wishing well plans !!! It was a fun and easy project !! I changed the roof design a little by using cedar shingles.

Phill

New Hampshire

Clark says

We had never built anything before, but we found the plans for the wishing well and gave it a try.

We were so happy with the outcome that we scaled down the plans and made two small wells for our mothers for Mother’s Day.

Clark, USA

Shirley says

I recently built your Wishing Well and Bucket, here is a picture of it in my front yard. I would have a couple of suggestions….#1 – I would cut the inside paling so it reaches from the ground to the point inside the roof #2 – for those who have trouble getting the circle to go inside the bottom, lifting it with a hydraulic jack with a short 2 x 4 inside helps.

I’m also curious as to how the lady on the video, just picked it up off the ground and wrapped it around all by herself…..I could lift it about 4 inches off the ground…..she had to be super sonic!!!

Any way I enjoyed the project.

Thanks, Shirley Adams

Rick says

Dear Buildeazy

Here is a picture of the wishing well planter that I built from your free project plans.

I have made a few changes to fit my taste, but it is your plan that I built it by.

Thanks for the plan, You may use any of the following photos (if you wish) to show my finished product.

Rick Hopes Eureka,Utah