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How to Build a Wooden Wheelbarrow

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Wooden wheelbarrows can be used for decoration and as a tool for gardening. You can also use a wooden wheelbarrow as an inexpensive alternative when you want to move rocks or other material around the garden. If you want to build a wooden wheelbarrow you can do this project with regular wood stock. You can stain or paint it any color and make it weatherproof with a proper sealant

The Wheels

Step 1

Cut the 72-inch 1-by-6 board into six 12-inch lengths. Set two boards side by side with the ends flush. Apply glue to the seam formed between the boards. Press the boards together. Repeat this process two more times with the remaining four pieces. This will form three 12-by-12 squares. Apply wood glue to top surface of a square. Carefully set a second square on top of the first with the sides flush. Apply wood glue to the top surface of the second square. Carefully set the third square on top of the second with the sides flush. This gives you a block 3 inches thick and 12 inches square.

Step 2

Set weights on top of the block. Place a clamp around the block so it runs across the seam. Tighten the clamp to hold the boards in place. Allow the glue to dry.

Step 3

Use the ruler to find the center of the block face. Mark the block 2-1/2 inches from the center at several points; this will help create a circular pattern 5 inches in diameter on the face of the square. Draw the circle.

Step 4

Cut out the circle with the jig saw. Drill a hole 1 inch in size at the center of the circle. This creates the wheel for the wooden wheelbarrow.

The Handles

Step 1

Lay out a 30-inch board with the wide side up. Lay the other 30-inch board on top of the first. Make the edges flush.

Step 2

Drill a 1-1/2 inch hole 2 inches from one end of the boards. Drill through both boards. These will be where you fit the bolt through to attach the handles to the wheel.

Step 3

Create rounded handles at the opposite ends of the boards with the sander.

Step 4

Place a bolt through the hole in one of the handles, then through the wheel, then through the hole of the other handle. Attach the nut to secure the handles to the wheel but do not tighten it yet.

Step 5

Spread the handles apart until they are 10 inches apart. Set the 2-by-2 board between the two handles at this point to create the cross beam. Drill screws through the handles into the ends of the cross beam. Tighten the nut to where it is snug against the wood.

The Basket

Step 1

Lay out the three 2-by-6 boards across the arms of the handle. Set the first board so the side edge is flush against the front ends of the handle. Set the other two boards snug against the first board in succession. Make the ends flush and screw the boards into the handles.

Step 2

Assemble the sides. Put the 6-inch edges against the ends of the 16-inch board with the ends flush. Screw the boards together to form a "U". Set the bottom of the "U" onto the front end of the base; Screw the open ends of the "U" to the back sides of the base at the top of the board sides. The boards will be set at an upward angle starting at the back of the base.

Step 3

Sand down the edges of the sides and base boards until they are rounded.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-by-6 board, 72 inches long
  • 1-by-6 board, 30 inches long
  • 2-by-2 board, 10 inches long
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Weights
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • 1-inch Bolt
  • 1-inch Nut
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver bit
  • Wood screws
  • Jig saw
  • Sander


  • Tucsongardener.com: Wheelbarrow
  • Essortment.com: How to Make a Wheelbarrow
Keywords: wooden wheelbarrow, build a wheelbarrow, garden wheelbarrow

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