It is a sensation we associate with luxury resorts and remote beaches – stepping out of the water and onto smooth pebbles. It is also remarkably easy to recreate this experience at home.
Susan Wasinger from Natural Home (via LifeHacker) spells out the simple steps and materials, but essentially: (1) make the frame, (2) add a wire mesh screen, (3) add the stones. And voila, a free foot massage every day. The tools are elementary as well: a basic saw, pliers, screws and glue will do.
“The stones can be collected in your beach-combing adventures or purchased by the bag at garden centers and stone yards for a couple bucks a pound.”
“1. Make a simple frame of pine “L” trim, about 18 inches by 26 inches. Mitre the corners and nail and glue together. You can finish the wood with a low-VOC waterproof sealer.
2. Use 5 cross pieces of 1/4-inch flat trim to create supports for the frame’s bottom. The wire mesh will lie on them. Use 1 piece at each end and 3 equally spaced in the middle.
3. Use brass screen or galvanized wire mesh (1/2-inch rabbit fence, available at hardware stores, works well). Cut the mesh with wire snips to be about 1/2-inch smaller than the frame in both directions. Bend it into the frame.
4. Smooth the wire and, if necessary, secure it to the cross supports with construction staples. Add the stones.”
Details can be found here at Mother Earth News, but think of this as a fun project worth adapting – not something to strictly follow the rules on, particularly when it comes to the constituent materials. It would be fun to set out on an expedition to find just the right stones, wherever you happen to find them, instead of settling for what you can buy at your local home improvement store.
Just remember, you’ll be stepping on them, so you want to choose the smoothest ones you can find. Otherwise – ouch!