Dateline: 23 August 2015
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Yesterday I finally got around to putting the finishing touches on the outdoor sink of my dreams. I've been planning to make this thing for years.
The old, single-bowl sink with two flanking drainboards was made in 1950. The date is cast into the bottom. It's a very heavy sink. We salvaged it from out behind my parent's barn back in 1999, and have used it over the years to process chickens.
I typically set it up on a couple of sawhorses for processing day, and put it away afterwards.
But the sink is now installed into the front of a homemade Whizbang garden cart and I have it elevated so it is regular kitchen sink height of 36" (sawhorse height was too low for comfort).
If you look at the picture closely, you will see a Whizbang Toe-Tapper faucet switch is mounted to the front of the cart. Such placement makes it a Whizbang thigh-or-hip-tapper faucet switch. Very convenient.
Water drains through a pvc pipe out to the other end of the cart, into a plastic pail on the ground. The pail has small drain holes in it.
The patio umbrella and pot rack with hooks make for more comfort and efficiency.
I can unhook one hose connection to the Toe-tapper and easily move the cart (and sink assembly) anywhere I want to.
This sink is right behind our house, near the main entrance door, and it has very quickly become something akin to an outdoor kitchen. The first day it was there, Marlene used it to wash green beans before canning them, and she also cut up some cabbages to make a batch of sauerkraut. I had a small problem with one of my Plasson chicken waterers and fixed it at the sink. I also washed a pair of cloth gloves in the sink. This will be the place to wash apples for making cider this fall. And it will be ideal for washing dandelion roots when it comes time to make my yearly batch of dandelion root tea.
My incentive for getting the sink done now is our meat birds. They are almost ready to process.
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