Water Barrel Stand

by Daisy

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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.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jaime Kiser November 18, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I can only see one photo..would love to see the rest.

portia November 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I don’t know what has changed but I’ve had trouble with the photos in every one of your dispatches recently. Only one or two of them will open, so it’s hard to tell what it is you’re trying to show. Am I the only one having this problem. I don’t know what to do. Can anyone help?

Becca November 18, 2010 at 7:44 pm

I am also unable to see the photos. Would love to see the rest, as we are hoping to build a more stable stand for our barrels.

Tomato Lady November 19, 2010 at 7:09 am

All–I was unaware of the problem. Looking into it–thanks for the heads up. Hopefully we’ll get it fixed soon!

Stephanie November 19, 2010 at 10:39 am

I wish I had a gettin’ man around my neck of the woods! I needs some barrels as well, I’ve been in my house for 4 years and keep thinking that is one of the things to put on my to do list.

Ginny November 20, 2010 at 6:45 am

I need to meet up with a ‘gettin man’ in my area. Lord knows they’re bound to be lurking here. I’m looking forward to seeing your water barrel setup in the spring. This is a project I’d like to do here, too. Good job on the stand part, it looks sturdy and I think I might actually be able to build one myself. Now to get off my duff and do it!

Heidi November 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I love this project! Oddly, I can see all the pictures in google reader, but not here. I only see one here.

Debbie November 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I’m having the same issue of seeing only one photo. Also, I have a live feed to my Google home page that I usually click on to read the latest posts, but I did just click on the “home” button and all the pictures show up just fine. Not sure if that has anything to do with the pictures not opening up, but thought I’d mention it on here for everyone else.

Thanks for the idea. I took my three barrels and turned them into compost tumblers. And I’m still waiting on my dh to install our gutter system back onto our house just so that I can have a rainbarrell…lol.

Have a wonderful evening,


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