Great for construction and gardening purposes, a wheelbarrow is a functional and flexible tool. In fact, it is not only used to transport things from one place to another, it can also be used as a planter that holds different kinds of plants and flowers. With some materials and tools and a few hours of your day, you can make your own wheelbarrow planter box. Here is a detailed guide.
- Gather your tools and materials. You will need hardwood, jig saw, drill, screws, and bond glue. Make sure to prepare all your tools and materials prior to the actual construction of your wheelbarrow. This frees you from any interruption and enables you to finish the project on time.
- Make the wheels. Cut six pieces of board around 8 inches long from a 2x8-inch hardwood board. Glue all the boards together. When the glue is already dry and keeps the boards clamped together, draw a round pattern with a 5-inch diameter on the top board. Using a jig saw, cut the wheel pattern. Drill a one-inch hole at the center afterwards.
- Prepare the handles. Cut two pieces of hardwood, each measuring 1x2 inches in diameter and around 40 inches in length. Sand the handles to smooth out the surface. You can also shape a slight curve on the hand grip end of the handles. On the wheel end, measure 1 ½ inches from the edge of the handles. This is where you will drill a one-inch hole to which you will connect the wheel.
- Construct the body. Begin by making the tray base. It should be composed of three boards with a diameter measuring 1x2 inch and a length of about 16 inches. Lay the boards across the handles, with at least 10 inches distance from the holes at the wheel ends. Make sure the handles are slightly slanted so that the wheel ends are closer and the grip ends are far apart. Then, attach the tray base to the handles using wood screws. Next, make the side, back, and front panels. For the side panels, cut two pieces of hardwood, measuring 16 inches in length and 12 inches in width. Cut two more blocks of wood for the back and front panels. Screw the panels to the tray base. To make the wheelbarrow more appealing, round the top corners of the panels.
- Attach the wheel and legs. First, make the legs by cutting two pieces of hardwood with a diameter of 1x2 inch and a length of 16 inches. Screw the legs to the back panel and to the handle of the wheelbarrow. Then, connect the wheel to the wheel ends by inserting a bolt into the holes. With the legs and wheel in place, the wheelbarrow should stand steadily.
Decorate your wheelbarrow by painting or staining it. You can even use stencil to decorate it with figures and shapes. If it is all ready, fill the wheelbarrow with the plants and flowers of your choice and position it in one corner of your garden.