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A Man Can for All Seasons

A Man Can for All Seasons

A visit to the heating section of your Home Hardware or Home Building Centre will allow you to create this unique garden sculpture that will delight the eyes year 'round.

A visit to the heating section of your Home Hardware or Home Building Centre will allow you to create this unique garden sculpture that will delight the eyes year 'round.

Plant his head with seasonal flowers. In the winter use greenery intertwined with mini-lights or treat our feathered friends to some birdseed. A lantern (6345-840) is a fun alternative to the watering can and will cast a lovely glow on your nighttime garden.

A Man Can for All Seasons

What You'll Need

  • garden gloves 5525-210
  • Beauti-Tone spray lacquer (silver) 1730-176
  • 8 x 5" 900 degree elbows 5535-450
  • 2 x 4" 900 degree elbows 5535-441
  • 3 x 5" to 4" reducers 5536-413
  • 2 x 4" to 3" reducers 5536-404
  • 2 x 5" side take offs 5512-153
  • 1 metal trashcan 4438-852
  • 1 watering can 5012-096
  • 1 12L galvanized bucket 4544-746
  • spray foam urethane 2030-867
  • screws 2166-612
  • 2 metal rods 2192-068

Neck

Snip one inch down at one-inch intervals around both edges of one of the 5" to 4" reducers. Bend out at a 90-degree angle. Centre it on bottom of bucket and drill a pilot hole on four of the tabs and fasten with screws. Repeat to attach to the trashcan lid.

Shoulders

Cut two of the 5" 90 degree elbows to the contour of the sides of the trashcan. Snip edges and attach as above.

Legs

Attach two 5" elbows to the bottom of the trashcan in line with the shoulders. Straighten the elbows on the bottom of the can by rotating the sections. Insert the next elbow; drill a hole and insert screws to secure. Repeat the process for the third elbow and feet (the 5" side take-offs).

Arms

Spray the gloves with silver spray paint and let dry. To the 5" elbow attach a 5" to 4" reducer. Add a 4" elbow followed by a 4" to 3" reducer and tape the gloves into place.

Pose arms with watering can and fasten to the trashcan with a screw and wire. Snip a small hole in each glove and inject with the urethane, working it into the fingers (be careful not to overfill). Tape the gloves in place until the urethane is cured. Insert the rods in the ground and pose your tin man with the legs over the rods. Inject each leg with urethane to hold it in place.

Helpful Advice:

  • Use protective gloves and extreme care when handling the metal; cut edges are very sharp!
  • Remember not to overfill with urethane. If the urethane comes out any of the joints, once it cures it can be cut away.