If you recall the enormous gum tree logs I rescued recently, you might have wondered how I was going to move them all. Crushing manly strength alone? Nah, I was still pretty shot after lifting them into the truck in the first place. I slapped together a dolly out of scrap 2×4s (left over from the log rack shelves) with deck screws and some pocket holes (and screws), and a pair of rubber wheels and matching axle bolts that I ended up not needing for another project about a month back.
It was the work of about 20 minutes, plus another 15 trying to find the other wheel (next to the clothes dryer, of course!), and about 30 minutes of talking to mom on the phone after calling to see if she saw it while cleaning up my place on her yearly visit recently (she’s too good to me, but had no idea where a wheel might be :)
I added a cross bar after trying to move the first log, because at about 2’ wide, some logs would fall through:
The one thing I’d change is the wheel placements. I made it so they would be flush with the bottom, so it would sit flat when tipped forward. Tipping it back was supposed to allow it to roll on the now bottomed-out wheels, but the lumpiness of the grass and cement around my house meant I was too often dragging it on the back of the bottom 2×4. I flipped it over and ran a sharp chisel along that edge to relieve it substantially, and it got better, but I still wish I’d swapped the location of the bottom frame and wheels. Wheel bolts should have been on the bottom, frame floor just above them.
Other than that, it performed quite admirably, not even bending under the weight of the huge gum logs. It saved me at the very least $30, though I imagine some day I’ll just cave and get a proper dolly anyway.
Here’s a time-lapse video of moving the euc logs a few days after I found them. As the sun sets, the lights in my log racks – recently blogged about – light the way.
The video is hosted by flickr. I’d just do that with everything, keeping the videos with their related photos, not to mention it being negligibly easier to grab embed codes from Flickr. However, they have a cap of 90 seconds. A lot of my videos run over that, so YouTube must remain an option.
Now I’m thinking of just undoing the screws, moving the wheels and frames where I want them, making some ‘tailgate ramps’ (Do they have a name – the 2x~6 deals that gardeners use to load and unload lawnmowers and tractors?), and seeing if I can go grab the rest of those even bigger logs, if they aren’t gone yet.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator