Saturday, June 16, 2012


This is an old-fashioned wheelbarrow I made from scrap wood I found around the rental house where we live:

It's meant to be very rough, so I didn't adjust the one higher side to be even with the other side because that would've involved a rip cut or planing it down, when I wanted it to be rough.

A profile pic might've been better -- so I added this photo:
 A detail of one of the legs, which I fitted to the body with a sort of rabbet joint:

Here's the wheel assembly, which is some sort of old buggy wheel (?) I bought at an antique place, with a bolt for an axle, and two maple saplings for handles:
The wheel is really awesome; it's got ball bearings and everything.

Here's one of the handles:
I had started to strip the bark off the maple when I changed my mind. Oops.

I plan to use it to haul things around the yard, obviously -- though everyone who's seen it keeps telling me I should use it as a planter. I don't really like to build something that could be useful but then use it as something decorative; that seems like a waste of a good tool. You often see this kind of barrow used as a planter in people's yards, but I think those were made for decorative purposes, not for actual use. This barrow is more sturdy and should stand up to some good gardening usage.

I especially like the fact that it only cost me about $12 to make -- the cost of the wheel and the nuts and bolts to hold the handles on and to serve as the axle. The rest is either scrap or maple sapling.

Coming up: focus on hand tools!


  1. Looks good! It occurred to me that you could use it decoratively, too, but if it's sturdy enough, you might as well put it to good use.

  2. My first comment! Thanks, John. I don't know how much wear and tear it will stand up to, but I just didn't want to go out and buy a wheelbarrow for my gardening and yardwork when I could make one myself.