Now that the warm weather's here, it's time for do-it-yourselfers to slip on their wooden shoes and dress up the yard with this decorative windmill project. With its Old-World look and blades whirling in the breeze, it's perfect for the flower garden -- surrounded by tulips, of course. Wherever it's placed, the project adds a distinctive accent and an eye-catching motion that brightens any landscape.
The windmill pictured here stands about 35 inches tall from the base to the top of the rotating turret and is light enough for one person to move aside when mowing the lawn. The turret is mounted on a lazy-susan bearing, so the spinning blades always catch the breeze. As a finishing touch, the project includes realistic details like doors, windows and a guard rail.
Best of all, the windmill is designed for do-it-yourselfers of all skill levels. Most of its pieces are traced from full-size patterns. Modular construction divides the project into smaller, easily managed subassemblies. To build, simply trace the pieces on exterior grade plywood and standard lumber and cut them out. Assemble and paint the base, tower and vanes separately. To finish, put everything together and enjoy the breeze.
The Small Windmill plan, No. 912, is $9.95 and includes full-size patterns, complete step-by-step directions with 10 photos, diagrams and a shopping list and cutting schedule.
A package of windmill plans, No. C147, is $21.95 and includes this project plus plans for two other windmills. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $3.95. Prices include postage and handling. Please allow about four weeks for delivery (for rush delivery, add $1 per item up to $3 maximum and allow about two weeks).
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