I can’t believe how long it’s taking me to get my water barrel up and running. Ivory kindly passed one of the plastic drums she got from The Gettin’ Man* over to me hoping I’d get the lead out and post about it before she did, but that was about 8 months ago and still no water barrel.
The barrel is almost operational, but I’ve got some more work to do on it (including perhaps a faux finish to make it look like a wooden barrel–I’m so fancy). Meanwhile, though, I have completed the stand for it. (Just in time for winter–ha!)
It’s a long time coming. I originally tried to make a stand out of rescued concrete castle blocks, but that was a fiasco.
In the end, I’m glad that didn’t work out because I think I’m going to like this one much better anyway. It’s taller, which is good for the water pressure coming from the barrel, and I think it looks nicer, too.
It was very easy to make, and cheap, because I already had the lumber I’d salvaged from an arbor tear down.
Here’s what I did:
Seat four 4×4 posts about a foot into the ground. Left enough above ground to put the stand about 2 1/2 feet high. Ignore the fact that one post is offset. It was already there for something else (long story) and I decided to make it work rather than relocating it.
Cut and nailed 2×4 top supports to the posts. Kitty very helpful as always. Did most of the work actually– ace with a claw hammer.
Cut and nailed 2×4 braces to the posts.
Cut and nailed 2×4 planks to form the top.
Cut and nailed a 5/4×6 “apron” around the top edge for a neat look.
Ready for spring! *sigh*
* The Gettin’ Man is one of those country folks who will supply you with anything country from chickens to goats to empty barrels to I don’t know what-all.