Modeled on a grist mill built in 1797 on the banks of a Tennessee creek, this fun and easy do-it-yourself project will add the soothing sound of running water to even the smallest garden or patio. It features a working water wheel plus authentic touches like stairs, a door and windows.
The wheel is powered by falling water circulated by a small submersible pump. Since the same water is used over and over, there's no problem with waste or drainage. The grist mill also helps to keep the immediate area damp and cool, which is great for plants in the summertime. Its roof is removable to provide access to a small amount of interior storage space.
Materials required to complete the project include two 4-by-8 sheets of exterior fir plywood, two pieces of scrap plywood, a pump with plastic tubing, shingles, assorted hardware and paint. Most of the pieces are traced from full-size patterns, so sizing them is a simple matter of transferring the patterns to wood. The completed project measures 48 inches long by 25 inches wide by 35 inches tall.
The Grist Mill plan, No. 456, is $8.95 and includes step-by-step directions with 12 photos, full-size traceable patterns and diagrams.
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