Wheelbarrow Rebuild

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Project by farmerdude posted 10-16-2013 10:07 PM 2166 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an old wheelbarrow that belonged to my grandfather. It was on the farm when my father and I started milking cows. The wheel wouldn’t stay on so we got a more modern wheelbarrow to replace it. Not a lot of spare time when farming, so this one got left laying around and the cows totaled it ( I swear a small herd of cattle could destroy a bulldozer if given a little time). I told father I wanted to fix it up someday, and lo and behold, twenty some odd years later, he showed up at my place with this pile of pieces. I made the handle out of Hemlock for strength, the other parts are Pine. I didn’t replace everything because I didn’t want to make the whole thing new. The paint job was tough for the same reason. As soon as the paint was dry I used it to put in some firewood, and was not gentle so it would dent up some. All in all I guess it doesn’t look too bad, and it got saved from extinction, so mission accomplished. All comments welcome and thanks for looking.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#1 posted 10-16-2013 11:01 PM

That is really nice. Great job restoring a treasured antique. That is an inspiration for us to follow…

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#2 posted 10-17-2013 01:04 AM

Sweet rebuild Jeff… the history makes it special. Is that actual green grass I see??? lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 10-17-2013 01:31 AM

Thanks for the kind words Steve. Buster, thanks, and yes it’s green. However, this was in the spring, if you look closely in pic.2 you will notice the wood stove is aglow. Sometimes winter likes to linger. Have a good day bud.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#4 posted 10-17-2013 02:34 PM

I like it, nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 10-17-2013 04:46 PM

Great job and nice save. Absolutely love this old wheelbarrow. I am making a couple for Christmas gifts this year, and really like the design that you have with this one. Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 10-22-2013 02:54 PM

Great work on restoring your treasured wheelbarrow. It’s looking good and I’m sure father was happy as well.

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#7 posted 11-09-2013 03:42 AM

very nice work I’m gathering the parts to build myself one like it. grew up on dairy farm here in Louisiana . you are right on the cows I think it would only take three or four to destroy the bull dozer.

-- Mcgyver

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#8 posted 12-01-2013 10:26 PM

Jeff nice rebuild and neat story. It’s always nice to have memories attached!

-- Harold

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