|Project by jack1||posted 05-19-2009 08:22 AM||1590 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
I hate to throw away cut offs (what goes into my kindling box would make very short toothpicks). I’m always looking for new uses for these little treasures. Simple toys are one of the answers.
I saved the doug fir circles (hole saw plugs) from a replacement baluster I built for a porch on an Arts & Crafts type house in Sacramento. The pine cut outs came from a couple of my mini wheelbarrows. The two I’m showing I actually use as tracing templets for the cutouts when I make a new wheelbarrow.
I laminated 4 cutouts and final shaped the resulting block on a sanding table. The two wheels had already been center drilled from the hole saw jig so I put a phillips screwdriver through both of them so they could spin and cleaned up the circles on the same sanding table.
After locating a suitable position for the wheels and then marking the center on the block with the same phillips screwdriver, I then used an extra long drill bit on the drill press to drill all the way through the block. This allowed me to mount the wheels on the same location on opposite sides exactly. I used 2” gold screws after counter sinking the holes.
I attached an eye screw, tied on a piece of cord with two half hitches and made a bowline knot for a hand loop on the “pulling end” and it was done. Once the block was glued and dry, it took less than one hour of work
This one is going to the grandson. ;o)
-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!