How do I make the handle for this wheelbarrow?

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02-04-2016 02:53 AM


ll be making this wheelbarrow soon and I’m wondering how to make the handle? Obviously bandsaw the rough shape, but what tool do I use to create perfectly round handles??

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#1 posted 02-04-2016 03:07 AM

For that I would say a spokeshave would be the best bet. If that is an antique? it looks like a good rehab to do then to save it.

I hope you do a work in progress pics as you are doing it.

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#2 posted 02-04-2016 03:30 AM

Spoke shave, wood rasp, anything to shape round, even a router with the right size round over bit. I mean is that that hard to figure out, sorry, I guess you cant know what you dont know.

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#3 posted 02-04-2016 03:35 AM

Spoke shave would be my choice as well. You could fine tune it by drilling a hole in a piece of scrap slightly larger than the finished diameter, line it with sand paper and use it to smooth the rough edges. On a piece like this, though, I’d think the spoke shave marks would be consistent with the rustic nature of the piece.

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#4 posted 02-04-2016 03:51 AM

Rounder plane

Here’s a guy made one from plane parts. His tapers, but you could make it cut straight.

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#5 posted 02-04-2016 03:57 AM

I wouldn’t go for perfectly round handles myself. To me that looks machine made, very precise. I would go for sort of round or even irregular shapes that subtly look like wear. If there is an original of that wheelbarrow I’m pretty sure it was never perfectly round.

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#6 posted 02-04-2016 04:44 AM

Now that I seen other post, oval handles, flat on the sides with a rounded top and bottom.

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#7 posted 02-04-2016 04:53 AM

Could use a grinder with a sanding disk and 60/80 grit paper. Rasp and router are also good as mentioned above. Spoke shave if you got ‘em.

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#8 posted 02-06-2016 04:40 PM

Pressure treated 2×4. Bandsaw the ends to shape the handles. Use a spokeshave to round them.

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