Wheelbarrow Planter

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Project by Dragonsrite posted 02-06-2009 11:29 PM 9500 views 12 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone,

First I’d like to say Thank You to all those who have welcomed me to LumberJocks. I’ve been lurking for several months now and finally decided to sign up when I saw some of the ‘frugal’ postings.

Almost everything I make uses recycled wood or, in the case of this planter, firewood. The handles are Oak from an old futon frame that a friend had in her “to burn” pile. The remainder is made from several pieces of Siberian Elm off one of the firewood piles I have around on the property.

The Elm was first split with a froe then roughly flattened using a router and sled and finally brought to 1/2” thickness with a thickness planer.

I am really happy with the way the wheel turned out – 1/16” laminations for the rim and then I made the hub/spokes. Backwards I know, but it worked.

The axle and axle pins were “hand made” from some of the scrap Elm.

I hope you like it.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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#1 posted 02-06-2009 11:46 PM

Very nice planter.
Specially I like the wheel , well done.
Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#2 posted 02-07-2009 12:02 AM

Wow. This is amazing. I was planning on building one of these myself. I’m glad I am keeping good company. Like you, I like to use “found lumber” when it is available.

Be sure you drill some holes for drainage. I would hate to have it rot, although I am sure the water would find its way through any cracks.

-- jroot

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#3 posted 02-07-2009 12:21 AM

I think people traveling on wagons in the 1800’s would have asked you to build wheels for everyone they knew! That’s a well built planter and it looks great, especially the wheel!

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#4 posted 04-15-2009 05:36 PM

Very nice work. I was thinking of making a wheelbarrow for the yard, but had not decided on the wheel. This one looks great.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#5 posted 06-28-2010 10:50 PM

WOW!! This is hopefully my next project. I am still trying to figure out how to make the wheel. Great work.

-- wrtnaz

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#6 posted 08-07-2010 02:48 PM

That’s a very nice planter and I love the color and the wheel. Is this your design? It’s very nicely done.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 04-29-2011 04:09 PM

I guess i have been REALLY negligent in my LJ duties by not responding to your comments. I apologize to all of you for the lack of attentiveness on my part.

Thank You for all the encouraging comments.

Mr. helluvawreck … this is not my own design. As I recall it is a quarter scale of this planter I found on the ‘net:

wrtnaz: If your still trying to figure out how to make the wheel I can try to describe how i did it if you like.

280-some days late … I will now go sit in the corner and contemplate how to be a better part of the LJs community :-(

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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