|Project by Paul Bucalo||posted 06-24-2015 02:26 PM||1117 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
With the growing season here, flowering and non-flowering display plants are being added around the property. A couple of months ago I decided on building a wheelbarrow that would display potted flowers in or side yard.
I work almost exclusively with pallet, crate and reclaimed lumber, and the nature of this project is that it will be in the elements all year ‘round. It was also to be a prototype—not based on any plans or previous builds found on the Web—so it made sense to make the construction rough and rustic, unfinished. Future renditions will be refined, finished, ready for resale.
The frame is made from pallet runners. Handles are carved from the recessed area of one end of the runner using an 8” draw knife. The runners used in this particular construction still had nail shafts embedded within, so I had to periodically stop and drive nails deeper. In every case I eventually drove the nails through to where I could pull them from the opposite side. I left the handles roughed hewn to work with the old-time handmade look. Drainage holes were drilled into the wheebarrow’s bottom.
Initially, I planned on driving the steel pipe axle through the frame ends. Large embedded nails made that near impossible (I dulled the cutting edge a 7/8” forstner bit finding out). With a hole nearly through on one side, I had to look for a means to attach the axle to the underside of the frame end, and I needed to cover up the drilling. Recently I had stripped the legs and mounting hardware of a rotted wooden-topped folding table. The brackets that allow for the tube legs to pivot made the perfect axle ends. They were wider than runners. Adding more runner material to the ends of the frame covered the drilling done on one side and gave the needed width to mount the bracket.
To center the wheel, I made round rings that were split and screwed together to form clamps on the axle. The key here was to keep the wheel from having any lateral movement. It didn’t matter if the wheel rotated on the axle or the axle did the rotating. Worked out well.
The four potted plants you see in the wheelbarrow are blue flowering Hydrangeas.
It’s worth noting that this is a functional wheelbarrow. A refined version would work well for the youngster in your household or on a school or public playground.
A fun build.
-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA