This step by step diy project is about how to build a wheelbarrow planter. Building a simple planter is a simple project, but most certainly a wooden wheelbarrow would add value to your property and turn it into a focus point for your friends. If you follow the instructions described in this project and use proper materials, anyone can build the planter, as the project required only basic carpentry skills.
Buying proper and durable materials is essential for any woodworking project, therefore we recommend you to select the wooden boards with great care. Choose weather-resistant lumber, such as cedar redwood or pine, as they are resistant to decay and have a beautiful natural finish. Make sure the wooden boards are perfectly straight and in a good condition, before using them for the project.
Use proper tools to build the components, otherwise they might not fit together as planned. If you want to enhance the bond of the joints, you should add glue to the edges of the components. On the other hand, don’t forget that you need to pre-drill the lumber before inserting the wood screws or nails, to prevent the wood from splitting. Cover the wooden surfaces with wood stain, to protect them from decay.
In order to build a wooden wheelbarrow planter, you need the following:
- A - 2 pieces of 1×10 lumber – 16” BOTTOM
- B - 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 23” long, both sides cut at 15º SIDE WALLS
- C - 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 19” long, both sides cut at 15º FRONT AND BACK WALLS
- D - 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 48” long HANDLES
- E - 1/2” circular wooden – 5” long AXLE
- F - 2 piece of 1×6 lumber, 2 1/2” radius WHEEL
- G - 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 10” long SUPPORTS
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Pre-drill holes in the wooden components, before driving in the screws
- Apply several coats of wood stain
- One day
If you want to enhance the look of your garden, deck or patio with a beautiful planter, building a wooden wheelbarrow is the best choice. In addition, anyone can get the job done, as the instructions presented in this project are detailed and the skills required are basic.
Smart tip: Round the corners of the components, if you want to add character to your wheelbarrow planter. In addition, smooth the cut edges with a sanding block.
Building the tray of the wheelbarrow
The first step of the project is to build the wooden components of the tray. In order to get the job done properly, we recommend you to use these wheelbarrow plans. In addition, cut the components from lumber, using a good circular, table or compound saw.
Mark the cut lines on the wooden boards, before making the actual cuts. In addition, take accurate measurements, otherwise the components might not fit together.
After cutting the tray’s components, you could try to enhance their look, by making their visible corners round. Therefore, you could a compass or any object with a round shape.
Smart tip: After marking the cut lines on both sides of the components, you should make the cuts with a jigsaw.
Continue the project by enhancing the look of the front and back panels of the wheelbarrow. As you can easily notice in the image, you need to use a pencil to mark the cut line. In order to draw the curved line, you could use a bendable material.
Make the cuts with a good jigsaw and smooth the edges with a sanding block.
Before assembling the tray, you should pre-drill the bottom edges of the components, to prevent the wood from splitting. In order to get the job done as a professional, we recommend you to use a drill machinery and a very small bit.
Smart tip: In addition, don’t forget that you need to leave at least 1/4” from the edges of the components, otherwise the wood would split easily.
Place the bottom slats on the side components and lock them together tightly with 1 1/2” nails. Ask another person to hold the components into place (lean the sides at about 15º), while you drive in the nails or screws into place.
Smart tip: Align the edges of the bottom slats properly, making sure they are flush with the ones of the side walls.
Attach the front and the back ends of the wooden wheelbarrow. Therefore, you need to align them into place and drill pilot holes trough the components, along the sides edges.
Smart tip: Drive in 1 1/4” nails/screws trough the ends into the sides and bottom of the wheelbarrow. Don’t apply too much force when inserting the nails, otherwise you might damage the surface easily.
Installing the wooden wheel
Continue the project by installing the wheel and the handles. In order to build the front wheel, you need to glue together several components (we used two layers, but you could glue together as many as you wish).
Getting a perfect round shape is easy, as there are many techniques you could use, such as a round object or a compass. Use a good jigsaw to make the cuts.
Add glue to one face of both wheels, as in the image. Spread the the wood glue as evenly as possible, otherwise the components won’t bond together properly.
Smart tip: Work with attention and great care, as the glue dries out quickly.
Join the components together, align them properly and lock them together tightly with several C-clamps.
Smart tip: Leave the components for several hours, as you need to make sure the glue will dry out properly.
Drill a hole trough the center of the wheels, using a drill machinery and a large drill bit. Afterwards, cut a small piece of 1/” closet rod and fit it inside the channel.
As you probably imagine, you need to apply a significant quantity of wood glue to make sure the axle will be locket into place.
Building the handles is relatively easy, as you just need to cut two pieces of 2×2 lumber and round one of their ends with a jigsaw. In addition, you could also shape as you wish the other ends of the components.
Smart tip: Place the handles on top of the wooden tray and lock them into place with 2” wood screws, after drilling pilot holes. Make sure there is enough room between the handles to fit the wooden wheel.
Place the wheel over the wooden supports, align it properly and make small marks. If you want to get the job done quickly, you could use U-bolts or saddle clips to secure the axle and the wheel into place.
Smart tip: Alternatively, you could drill pilot holes trough the supports and insert the axle in the channels.
Drill pilot holes trough the supports, making sure you hold the drill machinery properly. The drill bit has to be parallel with the cut lines, otherwise the wheel won’t turn properly.
Repeat the process on the opposite side of the wooden wheelbarrow, using the same techniques described above. Work with good judgement, if you want to get a professional result.
In order to install the axle and the wheel into place, you need to remove one support from place. Insert the axle inside the holes, align the support into place and drive in the screws.
As you can see in the image, there should be enough room on both sides of the wheel (at least 1/2”), otherwise it won’t be able to turn properly. If you have followed the instructions and used proper materials, the wheel should turn properly. In addition, you could round the ends of the supports, if you want to enhance the look of the planter.
Last but not least, you should take care of the final touches. In order to get a neat look, we strongly recommend you to sand the exposed edges with a sanding block and 120-grit sandpaper. In addition, fill the holes with a good wood filler and let it dry out for properly. Smooth the wooden surfaces with a sanding block.
Smart tip: In order to protect the wheelbarrow planter from wood decay, you should apply several coats of paint or stain.
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