Homemade Wooden Lawn Windmills

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Windmills are not only an efficient way to generate energy but can serve as a unique, decorative piece for your lawn or garden. You can purchase a creative windmill plan or design one yourself. By building your own windmill, you can make one that blends well with your garden decor and outdoor needs. A wooden garden windmill may be just what you need to spruce up your garden since it can be painted or decorated anyway you choose. You can build a basic wooden windmill over a weekend or in a single day.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 pre-made wooden blades, 1 to 3 feet in length
  • 4 wood planks, ½-inch thick, 5-feet long, 18 inches wide
  • 18-inch square flat piece of plywood
  • Saw (optional)
  • Sandbag(s)
  • Sand weighing at least 20 pounds
  • Screws & electric screwdriver/drill
  • Nacelle gearbox or simple shaft
  • Make the base of the windmill. Use a saw to cut the plywood into a 18-inches square or purchase a pre-cut piece from a hardware store.

  • Fill sandbag(s) with sand until the weight is at least 20 pounds. Place the sandbag(s) on the flat piece of plywood. The sand anchors your windmill down.

  • Join three of the ½-inch thick, 5-foot long, 18-inch wide wood planks together in the shape of a "U" using screws and the electric screwdriver.

  • Attach the U shape wood planks to the plywood base to make the tower. Use screws and your screwdriver to join them together.

  • Assemble the wooden blades. Follow the manufacturer's instructions. Make sure you buy blades that are 1 to 3 feet long. Longer blades may scrub the ground of the 5-foot base.

  • Attach the blade assembly to the base and tower. Use the nacelle to attach the blades according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Join the fourth ½-inch thick, 5-foot long, 18-inch wide wood plank to the open side of the "U" to complete the box shape.

  • Decorate by painting or staining your garden windmill, if so desired.

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