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Windmill is a Dutch treat

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
BY Don and Dave Runyan Published: June 25, 2012

Surrounded by tulips (naturally), this charming windmill is the perfect do-it-yourself project for the yard or garden this summer. With its Old World look and blades spinning in the breeze, the project's color and eye-catching motion complement any landscape.

The windmill features realistic details like diminutive doors, windows and a guardrail, and the turret is mounted on a lazy-Susan bearing so the vanes will catch even the slightest breeze.

Designed to be easy enough for almost any woodworker, the project features mostly straight cuts, full-size traceable patterns for the angles and modular construction.

To build, trace the pieces from plywood and standard lumber and cut everything out.

Next, assemble using glue and nails, and paint the base, tower and vanes.

To finish, put everything together, sit back and enjoy the breeze.

The windmill stands about 35 inches tall from the base to the top of the rotating turret, but the project is light enough for one person to move aside when mowing the lawn.

The Small Windmill plan, No. 912, is $9.95 and includes full-size patterns, complete step-by-step directions with photos, diagrams, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.

A package of windmill plans, No. C147, is $21.95 and includes this project plus plans for two other windmills.

Please include $4 for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

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