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Project of the Week: Falling water is peaceful addition to garden

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
BY Don and Dave Runyan Published: April 1, 2013
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Like a gently turning windmill or a weathered old barn, there's just something peaceful and relaxing about a water wheel. The sight and sound of the simple wooden wheel turning under the gentle pressure of running water seems to strike a familiar chord with almost everyone.

This do-it-yourself water wheel project is an easy and inexpensive way to enjoy the tranquility of water cascading over a wooden wheel right in your own backyard. A great outdoor accent for spring, the project will also attract birds and keep the local plant life happy.

Made from redwood (as pictured; cedar, cypress or treated lumber also work well), the project uses a pump to keep the water circulating. Step-by-step instructions and full-size traceable patterns make it simple enough for most woodworkers — the wheel itself is constructed from a series of traceable arcs.

To build, simply trace the pieces onto wood and cut everything out. Next, assemble using glue, screws and nails. Finally, apply paint or stain and sealer. The assembled project stands about four feet tall, and the wheel itself is three feet in diameter.

The Water Wheel plan, No. 891, is $9.95 and includes detailed step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size patterns, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.

A package of water wheel plans, No. C140, is $16.95 and includes plans for this project and a traditional grist mill. Please include $4.00 per order for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. Visit U-Bild on the web at u-bild.com.