How do I make the handle for this wheelbarrow?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by namrufmot posted 02-04-2016 02:53 AM 796 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View namrufmot's profile


54 posts in 829 days

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??

8 replies so far

View Arlin Eastman's profile

Arlin Eastman

4174 posts in 2523 days

#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.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

View conifur's profile


955 posts in 1114 days

#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.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

View CFrye's profile


10118 posts in 1802 days

#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.

-- God bless, Candy

View David Taylor's profile

David Taylor

326 posts in 1049 days

#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.

-- Learn Relentlessly

View newwoodbutcher's profile


733 posts in 2812 days

#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.

-- Ken

View conifur's profile


955 posts in 1114 days

#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.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

View builtinbkyn's profile (online now)


2181 posts in 902 days

#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.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

View dalepage's profile


339 posts in 803 days

#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.

-- Dale

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics