Things You Will 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)
- Sand weighing at least 20 pounds
- Screws & electric screwdriver/drill
- Nacelle gearbox or simple shaft
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.
- 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.