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Mechanics for making a birdbath

Posted by phish (My Page) on
Sat, May 28, 11 at 9:24

After advice from this forum, I have put together the pieces of a birdbath. I got 4 reasonably priced big pots at Michaels and one big ceramic dish from Home Depot and have decorated them. But what now? Do I just glue the pieces together and be done with it? (and if so, what kind of glue).

I'd like to make it less fragile (I could see my husband hitting it with the lawnmower and knocking it over and breaking it all). I was thinking of putting some cement in each pot for sturdiness, but I think that would make it really heavy. If I do that, will it be too heavy to take outside?

Any other advice for how turn 4 big pots and a big ceramic dish into a sturdy but manageable birdbath?


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RE: Mechanics for making a birdbath

I'm having a hard time picturing what you're making. Are you planning to stack the 4 pots on top of each other? Could you post a picture?


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I have 4 clay pots and 1 dish right now and would like to

stack the way they are in this picture

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RE: Mechanics for making a birdbath

I don't think it's necessary to fill w/cement. I WOULD use thinset to adhere them together. My favorite, of course, is Mapei Ultra Flex II - found at Lowes.


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RE: Mechanics for making a birdbath

Oh, what a cute idea! It looks like the instructions refer you to using Gorilla glue. It's what I've used to connect my mushroom caps to the stems and my stool top to the base. However, it foams out and expands as it dries (like that spray foam insulation if you've ever seen it applied). Not a big deal for my projects because you can't see the underside where I've glued. I'm not sure I'd use it for this project because you want to keep a smooth edge. Like Slow recommended, thinset would be a better way to go.

To your question about making it sturdy, I would be concerned about the balance of it all and it being too top heavy. It seems without another "dish" on the bottom, it might not be terribly stable. Of course, I'm thinking of it on dirt or grass. I agree that it would weigh a ton if you filled each pot with cement. But maybe just fill the bottom one?


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